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Graduate Catalog 2016-2017 
Graduate Catalog 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Arts in Communication

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Advisor and Director, Graduate Program: Julie Apker
Room 321, Sprau Tower

The Master of Arts in Communication provides a foundation in communication theory and research and emphasizes intra/interdisciplinary connections in applied contexts. Thirty semester hours of graduate credit and completion of a capstone experience are required for graduation.


Admission Requirements

Students must complete the University application and must satisfy the general admission requirements of the Graduate College. Students applying to the Communication master’s degree program must have completed undergraduate work in communication, speech, or allied disciplines and have achieved at least a 3.0 grade point average in their last two years of course work. Additional course work may be required at the time of admission into the program, as deemed necessary by the director of graduate studies. Undergraduate transcripts, graduate transcripts where applicable, three letters of recommendation, evidence of academic interest (a personal statement) and a writing sample (academic or professional) are required. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are required for applicants seeking assistantships.

Program Requirements

Communication Foundations (6 hrs.)

Select two of the following:

Research Foundations (6 hrs.)

Select one of the following:

Communication Electives (18 hrs.)

Students will develop an individualized program of study reflecting a focused area of concentration, in consultation with a faculty advisor. A program of study may incorporate up to 6 hours of course work outside the department with the written approval of the graduate director.

Capstone Experience

Master’s degree students must complete a capstone experience in partial fulfillment of their requirements for graduation. The capstone experience shall consist of the completion of one of the following: a master’s thesis, a comprehensive examination, or a completion of professional project.


The thesis project is a research paper in which the student proposes and tests new ideas, replicates an existing study, or advances theoretical understanding of an issue. The thesis must demonstrate scholarly abilities, including solid conceptualization, analysis, and writing. The thesis must clearly define the problem to be investigated, demonstrate mastery of relevant academic literature, and show competence in the relevant methodology and analysis techniques. The thesis shall consist of six credit hours and shall be considered part of the communication electives.

Comprehensive Examination:

The comprehensive examination option requires the student to demonstrate knowledge of a substantive area within communication and to demonstrate a capacity to integrate theory, research, and practice in response to comprehensive questions developed by the faculty of the School of Communication.

Professional Project Option:

The professional project option requires the student to demonstrate his/her knowledge of the theory and methods of communication through an applied communication project. The professional project may involve workshops, case studies, training, creation websites, communication assessments, or other options within the context of the student’s chosen area of study. The professional project shall consist of three credit hours and shall be considered part of the communication electives.

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