SCHOOL OF COMMUNICATION

Graduate studies in communication

About the program

The School of Communication offers a Master of Arts degree to qualified candidates.  The graduate program in the School of Communication at The University of Akron provides a multifaceted academic experience that stresses research, theory-making, and professional development. The School offers an M.A. in Communication with three areas: Communication studies, media studies, and public relations. The school aims to prepare students to prosper in the integrated communication landscape of the 21st century. The emphasis is to apply theory to practical problem-solving through rigorous methodological training. Students will become acquainted with both quantitative, qualitative, and rhetoric criticism methods, and will be able to explore their scholarly and professional interests in topics coursework such as, organizational communication, public relations, media business, interpersonal communication, social media, and media convergence. The MA program prepares students for a variety of career options in media management, training development, public relations, and human relations. Many of our graduates matriculate to doctoral studies at nationally recognized Ph.D. programs.

The School usually has 35 students at the graduate level and maintains quality through selective admissions. Each year the School awards a limited number of graduate assistantships to qualified candidates with strong professional, academic records and clear-cut goals.

For additional information, please contact the School of Communication at 330-972-7600, or the Graduate Coordinator  tangt@uakron.edu


Admissions and assistantships

Our academic program begins each fall. If you are seeking a graduate assistantship, the deadline to apply for admission and assistantship is March 1. For admission only, the deadline for application is May 1.

Admission requirements

  • Meet the general requirements for admission to the Graduate School at The University of Akron.
  • Essay of no more than 500 words outlining reasons for choosing graduate program in Communication at The University of Akron.
  • Complete the GRE.
  • Have a 3.0 GPA in undergraduate studies.
  • Possess an undergraduate major in communication, journalism or a related field, or complete at least 15 semester credits of undergraduate communication coursework approved by the School.
  • International students must meet the requirements of the Graduate School for the TOEFL requirement.

*Note: Even though an applicant is eligible for consideration, an offer of admission is not guaranteed.

All materials must be submitted directly to Graduate School Graduate School Information. For additional information, please contact the School of Communication at 330-972-7600 or the Graduate Coordinator at tangt@ukron.edu.

Graduate assistantships

Each year the School of Communication awards a limited number of graduate assistantships to qualified candidates with strong professional, academic records and clear-cut goals. Graduate assistants (GAs) receive tuition remission and a small stipend in exchange for 20 hours each week dedicated to the classroom and/or labs. GAs are not permitted to work outside of the program more than eight additional hours per week.

In addition to the admission, an assistantship application must be completed.

  • Complete the application for graduate assistantship/tuition scholarship forms.
  • An essay of no more than 500 words demonstrating your qualification to obtain the graduate assistantship.
  • Three letters of reference
  • A professional resume

All materials must be submitted directly to the Graduate School along with your graduate school application. For additional information, please contact the School of Communication at 330-972-7600, or the Graduate Coordinator


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Master's courses

Theses and comprehensive exam


Forms and useful links

Forms

  • Change Admission Status Form
  • Course Substitution Form
  • Graduate Course Enrollment Form
  • Masters Program of Study Form
  • Portfolio Guidelines
  • Thesis/Project/Graduate Research Enrollment Form
  • Thesis/Project/Portfolio Form
  • Thesis/Project Prospectus Form

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