Master of Arts in Communication

To earn the Master of Arts degree in Communication, students select from one of two tracks. Graduate students in the MA in Communication Program will be required to decide, no later than the start of their tenth course in the Program, which track they intend to pursue.

Graduate students matriculating in the MA in Communication Program at the time these changes are approved by all necessary committees, etc. will be “grand-parented” into this new option and prior to enrolling in their tenth course, or COMM 6961 or COMM 6971 (if currently enrolled in their tenth course), may elect to enroll in the non-thesis track detailed below.

Thesis/Project Track

This track culminates in an independent research exploration of some scope and originality, completed under the close supervision of a Communication Department faculty member and a second faculty reader. The student chooses a topic and provides a prospectus and literature review to faculty and reader. The research typically results in a thesis, but proposals for more individualized and creative projects are welcome. Theses or projects must be completed within one year of their registration.

COMM 5400Communication Philosophies, Theories, and Research Traditions3
COMM 5401Communication Research Design and Methodologies3
COMM 5402Ethics and Communication3
COMM 6961Project Proposal3
or COMM 6971 Thesis Proposal
COMM 6962Independent Project3
or COMM 6972 Thesis Research
Select 7 additional graduate courses 121
Total Credits36

Non-Thesis Track

COMM 5400Communication Philosophies, Theories, and Research Traditions3
COMM 5401Communication Research Design and Methodologies3
COMM 5402Ethics and Communication3
Select 9 additional graduate courses 127
Total Credits36