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Master of Arts in Communication

The Master of Arts requires 33 credit hours with a 3.0 (B) grade point average or better, plus the completion of a thesis or written comprehensive exam. Students writing a thesis complete 9 courses and enroll for 6 thesis credits, as they conduct their research. Students choosing the comprehensive exam complete 11 courses and write the exam.

Our graduate classes typically have 10 to 20 students, just the right size for dynamic class discussions and active learning through projects and presentations. They also are sized right for close relationships between faculty and students. Faculty can get to know you and offer more personal and individualized instruction. Conveniently scheduled in the evenings, our classes have a rich mixture of traditional full-time graduate students and working professionals taking a class or two each term. Our students come from a broad range of backgrounds.

Course Requirements for the Master of Arts Major


Learning Outcomes for the Master of Arts in Communication -
Thesis Track

  1. The student will demonstrate mastery of the subject matter pertaining to at least one area of expertise in communication.
  2. The student will complete an original research project on a topic in the discipline of communication.
  3. The student will demonstrate understanding of the relationship of theory to research by articulating a theoretical approach in the study.
  4. The student will implement an appropriate research methodology and analytical tools to examine the study topic.
  5. The student will and be able to report and describe the results of the study in a clear and organized manner in writing.
  6. The student will and be able to orally report and describe the results of the study in a clear and organized manner and answer questions about the project.

Learning Outcomes for the Master of Arts in Communication -
Non-Thesis Track

  1. The student will demonstrate mastery of the subject matter pertaining to at least one area of expertise in communication.
  2. The student will demonstrate knowledge of a research methodology that is related to the student's area of specialization.
  3. The student will be able to describe, analyze, and apply theories relevant to the area of expertise.
  4. The student will be able to articulate the subject matter in the area of expertise clearly and in an organized manner both orally and in writing.
  5. The student will and be able to report and describe the results of a study in a clear and organized manner in writing.

Masters in Communication

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