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The M.A. in Communication program requires completion of 31 credits and the successful defense of a culminating activity. With the guidance of graduate faculty advisors and committee members, students develop and pursue a plan of study in communication in support of their unique academic or professional interests.

Coursework begins with a 7 credit course sequence providing a foundation in communication research methods and communication theory and philosophy. An additional graduate seminar provides an introduction to graduate-level study of communication and an opportunity to develop a supportive graduate student cohort. Students take 18 to 21 credits of elective courses to accomplish their specific plan of study. Elective courses develop expertise within and across the areas of relational and organizational communication studies, media studies, and critical/cultural communication studies. The program concludes with 3 to 6 credits of a culminating activity in the form of a thesis, a project, or a comprehensive exam. Successful defense of a culminating activity demonstrates graduate expertise in communication. The choice of a culminating activity is made with guidance from a student’s graduate advisor and committee. Culminating activities provide students the opportunity to concentrate and specialize their learning in an area of their interest are often inspired by relevant social issues or problems, can further particular professional goals, and/or can serve as a foundation for pursuing a Ph.D. or other advanced degree.

Curricular Requirements

Core Sequence (7 credits):
COMM 501 Communication Research and Writing (3 credits)
COMM 505 Communication Theory and Philosophy (3 credits)
COMM 598 Seminar (1 credit)

Graduate Elective Courses (18 – 21 credits):
COMM 506 Interpersonal Communication (3 credits)
COMM 507 Organizational Communication (3 credits)
COMM 508 Media Theory and Criticism (3 credits)
COMM 509 Media Law and Ethics (3 credits)
COMM 510 Communication, Community and Politics (3 credits)
COMM 511 Critical Theories (3 credits)
COMM 512 Culture and Communication (3 credits)
COMM 520 Collaboration and Conflict (3 credits)
COMM 521 Discourse and Identity (3 credits)
COMM 522 Communication Pedagogy and Training (3 credits)
COMM 530 Media, Power, and Politics (3 credits)
COMM 531 Media and Institutions (3 credits)
COMM 532 Media Aesthetics and Culture (3 credits)
COMM 540 Communication, Gender, and Difference (3 credits)
COMM 541 Rhetoric and Civic Life (3 credits)
COMM 590 Practicum/Internship (3-6 credits)
COMM 595 Reading and Conference (3-6 credits)
COMM 596 Independent Study (3-6 credits)
COMM 597 Special Topics in Communication (1-3 credits)

Graduate Culminating Activity (choose one activity):
COMM 591 Project (6 credits)
COMM 593 Thesis (6 credits)
COMM 690 Master’s Comprehensive Examination (3 credits)