GRADUATE PROGRAM COURSES

Program Requirement: 36 credits

Core Courses: 12 credits

  • 7600:600 Introduction to Graduate Study in Communication (3 credits)
  • Two Methods Courses (6 credits – select 2)
    • 7600:602 Qualitative Methods in Communication
    • 7600:603 Quantitative Methods in Communication
    • 7600:670 Communication Criticism
  • One Theory Course (3 credits – select 1)
    • 7600:624 Survey of Communication Theory
    • 7600:625 Theories of Mass Communication

Elective Courses: 18-24 credits

Graduation Options: 0 or 6 credits

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

Recent Elective Offering

  • Communication & Conflict
  • Communication Pedagogy
  • Contemporary Public Relations
  • Health, Crisis, and Risk Communication
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Journalism and Media Management
  • Organizational Communication
  • Social Media Theories and Practice
  • Strategic Social Media Marketing
  • Training Methods in Communication

Suggested Guideline for Master Program of Study

2-Year Thesis Option (36 Credits)

I. The First Year

Fall Semester: (9 credits)

  • 7600: 600 Introduction to Graduate Study
  • 7600: 624 Survey of Communication Theory
  • 7600: 625 Theories of Mass Communication

Complete the program of study; select the thesis committee chair; and decide the thesis topic.

 Spring Semester: (9 credits)

  • 7600: 602 Qualitative Methods in Communication
  • 7600: 603 Quantitative Methods in Communication
  • 7600: 6XX Context Course (Comm/Media/PR)

Complete and defend the thesis prospectus

II. The Second Year

Fall Semester: (9 credits)

  • 7600: 670 Communication Criticism
  • 7600: 6XX Context Course (Comm/Media/PR)
  • 7600: 699 Thesis (3 credits)

Submit a completed draft to the thesis committee chair

 Spring Semester: (9 credits)

  • 7600: 6XX Context Course (Comm/Media/PR)
  • 7600: 6XX Context Course (Comm/Media/PR)
  • 7600: 699 Thesis (3 credits)

Complete and defend the thesis


2-Year Comprehensive Exam Option (36 Credits)

I. The First Year

Fall Semester: (9 Credits)

  • 7600: 600 Introduction to Graduate Study
  • 7600: 624 Survey of Communication Theory
  • 7600: 625 Theories of Mass Communication

Complete the program of study

Spring Semester: (9 Credits)

  • 7600: 602 Qualitative Methods in Communication
  • 7600: 603 Quantitative Methods in Communication
  • 7600: 6XX Context Course (Comm/Media/PR)

II. The Second Year

Fall Semester: (9 Credits)

  • 7600: 670 Communication Criticism
  • 7600: 6XX Context Course (Comm/Media/PR)
  • 7600: 6XX Context Course (Comm/Media/PR)

Spring Semester: (9 Credits)

  • 7600: 6XX Context Course (Comm/Media/PR)
  • 7600: 6XX Context Course (Comm/Media/PR)
  • 7600: 6XX Context Course (Comm/Media/PR)

Complete the comprehensive exam


3-Year Part-Time Option 

I. The First Year

Fall Semester: (6 credits)

  • 7600: 600 Introduction to Graduate Study
  • 7600: 624 Survey of Communication Theory

Complete the program of study

Spring Semester: (6 credits)

  • 7600: 602 Qualitative Methods in Communication
  • 7600: 6XX Context Course (Comm/Media/PR)

II. The Second Year

Fall Semester: (6 credits)

  • 7600: 625 Theories of Mass Communication
  • 7600: 6XX Context Course (Comm/Media/PR)

 Spring Semester: (6 credits)

  • 7600: 603 Quantitative Methods in Communication
  • 7600: 6XX Context Course (Comm/Media/PR)

III. The Third Year

Fall Semester: (6 credits)

  • 7600: 670 Communication Criticism
  • 7600: 6XX Context Course (Comm/Media/PR)

Spring Semester: (6 credits)

  • 7600: 6XX Context Course (Comm/Media/PR)
  • 7600: 6XX Context Course (Comm/Media/PR)

Complete the comprehensive exam


Thesis and comprehensive exam