Communication MA Requirements
In our MA program, students assume primary responsibility for their progress. Students are expected to:
- Understand the program requirements.
- Make timely progress through the various stages of the program.
- Assume responsibility for the timely completion and submission of the required progress forms.
MA Course Requirements
The MA in communication requires 33 credit hours with at least a 3.0 grade point average including:
I. Foundation Courses (6 credit hours, each passed with a B or higher)
- COM 611: Communication Theories (3)
- COM 612: Communication Inquiry (3)
II. Core Courses (6 credit hours)
Students must complete at least two core courses from our areas of specialization: organizational and intercultural communication, telecommunication and new media, and global communication and journalism.
Organizational and Intercultural Communication
- COM 623: Strategic Organizational Communication (3)
- COM 643: Intercultural Communication (3)
Telecommunication and New Media
- COM 633: Information and Communication Technologies (3)
- COM 634: Social Media (3)
Global Communication and Journalism
- COM 644: Global Communication and Journalism (3)
- COM 645: Digital Storytelling (3)
III. Communications Seminar (3 credit hours)
- COM 691: Communication Topics (3) (repeatable for different topics, up to six credits)
IV. Program Electives (12 credit hours)
These credits can be earned from any combination of the following:
- Additional core courses or seminars
- COM 646: Intervention in Multicultural Organizations (3)
- COM 660: ICT Policy and Planning (3)
- COM 692: Communication Research Seminar (3)
- COM 699: Directed Reading and Research (V)
- COM 695: Communication Practicum (V) (repeatable up to six credits)
- Courses from the Telecommunication and Information Resource Management (TIRM) certificate program: COM 680, 681, 682, 683, 684
- 400-level augmented undergraduate courses (maximum 6 credits, requires the approval of committee chair)
- Graduate courses outside the program (maximum 6 credits, requires the approval of committee chair)
V. Capstone Activity (6 credit hours)
- For Plan A students: COM 700: Thesis (V) (repeatable up to six credits)
- For Plan B students: COM 695: Communication Practicum (V) (repeatable up to six credits)
Student Learning Outcomes
Students earning a Communication MA will be able to:
- Demonstrate subject mastery in areas of communication relevant to personal research interests.
- Identify research questions on a contemporary issue in communication, and perform a critical, written analysis of the relevant literature.
- Develop specific research questions related to personal research interests.
- Identify an appropriate, empirical methodology (or media approach) to address the selected research problem.
- Demonstrate mastery of the methodology and techniques specific to the field of study. Analyze and interpret research data.
- Present and discuss, in written form, the findings and relevance of the research project to the field of communication and to broader society.
- Present, discuss, and defend the findings and relevance of the research project to the field of communication in an oral defense.