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Communication M.A. Degree Plan

The total number of credit hours required for the program leading to the Master of Arts in communication is 36 for both the thesis and non-thesis options. Students in the program may take only 6000-level course work for their degree plans.

All degree candidates must take a prescribed core requirement of 12 graduate credit hours in communication, consisting of:

  • COMM 6302 Quantitative Research Methods
  • COMM 6303 Communication Theory
  • COMM 6312 Qualitative Research Methods
  • COMM 6313 Rhetorical Analysis

All students enter the program with a non-thesis degree plan. After completing nine credit hours of communication graduate coursework, students who wish to do so may petition the communication graduate faculty through the graduate advisor to change to a thesis degree plan.

Thesis students are required to enroll in six credit hours of thesis work (COMM 6399 Thesis twice, or COMM 6699 Thesis).

All non-thesis degree candidates are required to pass a comprehensive examination. The exam will include all the communication core courses required on the student’s degree plan (COMM 6302, 6303, 6312 and 6313) in addition to any graduate communication electives completed prior to the semester in which the comprehensive examination is administered. The exam should be administered when the student is in the last semester of his/her program.

Thesis option students will complete an oral thesis defense that may include questions regarding their course work.

9-Hour Review: Students will complete a review with department graduate faculty after completing 9 credit hours of graduate course work.