MA Degree Requirements

Thesis Option:

A minimum of 30 semester hours in communication is required. 24 hours of course work numbered 5300-5390 and 6 hours of thesis (5398,5399) credit, and the submission of a thesis approved by the graduate faculty.

Non-thesis Option:

A minimum of 36 semester hours in communication is required.  One course should be COMM 5350 (Directed Study), so that the student can complete a required graduate project that is approved by the student's project committee.

Research Core Courses:

The core research courses are required for both the thesis and non-thesis options: 5300, 5310 and 5311.

Oral Examination:

An oral examination by the graduate faculty will be required for both the thesis and non-thesis options (thesis proposal and final thesis defense or project defense).

Other Departmental Courses for Graduate Credit:

With the approval of the graduate advisor, up to 6 hours of credit may be selected from other departments who have designated graduate coursework.

The Department does not offer undergraduate courses for graduate credit.