MA Coursework

Besides the Graduate College minimum requirements, students must meet the following program requirements:

  • Minimum Semester Hours Required 32. Students may elect one of two options: examination or thesis. Students declare their intention for either the thesis or nonthesis option at the beginning of their second year of full-time studies, after completing 24 hours of course work.
  • Course Work At least 20 hours (excluding thesis hours) must be at the 500-level. Credit in COMM 474 and COMM 498 cannot be applied to the degree. Students who receive more than one grade below B in their graduate course work, or four incompletes that have not been made up within the regulatory one term, will be dropped from the program.

 

Required Courses
COMM 500
Introduction to Communication Research a
COMM 501
Operationalizing Communication Research a
COMM 502
Seminar in Media Studies
or COMM 503
Seminar in Intercultural Communication
Electives
No more than 8 hours may be taken in courses outside the department, except for students in the concentration in Gender and Women’s Studies. No more than 4 hours may be in COMM 596. Students taking a 400-level course as an elective should note that additional work may be required by the instructor and higher standards will be applied than for undergraduate students.

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COMM 500 must be taken before COMM 501 unless a petition for exception is granted.

  • Comprehensive Examination Required only for students who elect to pursue the non-thesis option. The students must also complete 8 additional credit hours of course work.
  • Thesis, Project, or Course-Work-Only Options Thesis or course work only.
    • Thesis: Required only for students who elect the thesis. These students must earn at least 8 hours in COMM 598.
    • Course Work Only: Students who elect this option must pass a comprehensive examination.

Interdepartmental Concentration in Gender and Women’s Studies

 

Students earning a graduate degree in this department may complement their courses by enrolling in a concentration in Gender and Women’s Studies after consulting with their graduate advisor. See Gender and Women’s Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section for more information.

Interdepartmental Concentration in Latin American and Latino Studies

 

Students earning a graduate degree in this department may complement their courses by enrolling in a concentration in Latin American and Latino Studies. See Latin American and Latino Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section for more information.

Interdepartmental Graduate Concentration in Survey Research Methodology

 

Students earning a graduate degree in this department may complement their courses by enrolling in a concentration in Survey Research Methodology. See Interdepartmental Graduate Concentration in Survey Research Methodology in the Graduate College section for more information.