Program Requirement

A Master of Arts in Communication requires successful completion of 36 graduate credit hours. Student must maintain a 3.0 GPA to remain in the program and to graduate.

Currently, the School of Communication embraces a cohort system in our graduate program. A cohort is defined as a group of students who begin a program of study together, proceed together through a series of developmental experiences in the context of that program of study, and end the program at approximately the same time (Saltiel & Russo, 2001). First year classes are foundational and preparatory for subsequent courses in students' primary area of study. Cohorts offer a stimulating and intellectually challenging environment, while promoting a sense of community. Research shows that students who participate in a cohort-based program have higher graduation rates, a greater understanding of their academic domain, and the ability to better plan their degrees, due to the structured order of courses.

Core Courses: 12 credits

  • COMM:600 Introduction to Graduate Study in Communication (3 credits)
  • Two Methods Courses (6 credits – select 2)
    • COMM:542 Social Media Metrics and Analytics
    • COMM:601 Mixed Methods of Communication Research
    • COMM:602 Qualitative Methods in Communication
    • COMM:603 Quantitative Methods in Communication
    • COMM:670 Communication Criticism
  • One Theory Course (3 credits – select 1)
    • COMM:571 Theories of Rhetoric
    • COMM:623 Applied Communication Theory
    • COMM:624 Survey of Communication Theory
    • COMM:625 Theories of Mass Communication
    • COMM:645 Intercultural Communication Theory

Elective Courses: 18-24 credits

Graduation Options: 0 or 6 credits

  • Thesis (6 credits)
  • Comprehensive Exam (0 credit)

Recent Elective Offering

  • Communication & Conflict
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Media Entrepreneurship
  • Organizational Communication
  • Health Communication
  • Risk Communication
  • Crisis Communication
  • Strategic Social Media

Thesis and comprehensive exam