The Department of Communication offers both the Master of Arts and the Master of Science degrees: the two degrees are separated only in that the Master of Arts degree requires standard proficiency in a language other than English. The master's program is designed as a research program: it is devised to furnish students with a theoretical and methodological foundation organized around student-selected proficiencies that are identified and developed in conjunction with the student’s advisor and supervisory committee. Selected proficiencies may be drawn from within, among, and/or across the 5 areas of emphasis of the Department:
- Critical/Cultural Studies
- Communicating Science, Health, Environment, and Risk (CommSHER)
- Interpersonal/Organizational Communication
- Media and Communication Technologies
Master's students can elect a thesis or a non-thesis option to complete their degrees. Depending on option chosen, a student must complete between 27 and 33 hours of coursework to fullfill the requirements for the master's degree. The master's program in structured in such a way to ensure completion in two academic years.
For more detailed information about our program, please view our Department of Communication Graduate Student Handbook, and for information on how to apply to our program, please visit our How to Apply page. For a complete list of graduate classes offered through the Department of Communication, go to the General Catalog and look at the classes listed as 6000 level and above.