The Department of Communication offers a Master of Arts degree with a major in Communication. Students in this degree program will work one-on-one with an advisor to design a program of study that will match their individual career goals and will gain valuable skills in problem-solving, analysis, research methods and scholarly writing. Courses in the areas of advertising, broadcasting, journalism, international communication, theatre production and performance, public relations, organizational communication and interpersonal communication are available.
Qualified candidates may be eligible for assistantships, which provide a tuition waiver and a graduate teaching stipend.
Options available for the degree include:
- Option I: Thesis
- This option is designed to prepare students for a doctoral program, for advanced professional careers, or for students wanting to complete an in-depth research experience.
- Option II: Research Problem
- This option is designed to provide a research experience that can include a specific problem, creative and aesthetic efforts such as performances, exhibits, or creative programs, or an internship.
- Option III: Course Work
- This option requires completion of course work that demonstrates evidence of advanced course work in an area of concentration. Departments will require evidence of competency through activities such as research papers, portfolios, practice, internships, comprehensive exams or other individual work. Students should check with their major department for specific requirements for the coursework.
Admission to this graduate degree program requires:
- Two letters of reference
- Statement of intent
- GRE (if undergraduate GPA is less than 3.0) - verbal score of at least 500 and combined verbal and quantitative score of 1,000