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The MA in communication studies is a cutting-edge degree program designed for students who wish to pursue a wide range of communication professions. The program provides exposure to a variety of research methods, communication theories and practical applications, with a special emphasis on advocacy.
The MA in communication studies is a cutting-edge degree program designed for students who wish to pursue a wide range of communication professions.
The program provides exposure to a variety of research methods, communication theories and practical applications, with a special emphasis on advocacy. Students use multiple perspectives to explore a variety of topics and issues in communication. These include how individuals and collectives participate effectively in personal relationships, organizational settings, and public dialogues across cultural contexts, and the impact and effects of media, mediated representations and new technologies. They also learn to use communication practices to advocate for others.
Although advocacy is a defining theme in the curriculum, students can tailor the program to their personal goals, focusing on topics such as interpersonal, organizational, sport, environmental, global or technology-mediated communication.
Graduates are prepared to pursue doctoral work or careers in communication-driven fields such as public affairs, public relations, employee development, community relations and grassroots movements.
Required Core (9 credit hours)
CMN 502 Theory and Practice in Communication and Persuasion (3) or CMN 522 Argumentation and Advocacy (3)
CMN 505 Methods in Applied Communication Research (3)
CMN 506 Humanistic Inquiry and Field Research in Communication (3)
Electives (up to 21 credit hours)
Culminating Experience Options (0-6 credit hours)
CMN 599 Thesis, with written comprehensive exam (6 credit hours)
CMN 593 Applied Project, with written comprehensive exam (3 credit hours)
written comprehensive examination (0 credit hours)
Additional Curriculum Information
Electives are selected in consultation with the student's program advisor. When appropriate, students may take up to six credit hours outside the program.
The thesis or applied project must demonstrate intellectual ability, academic ability and professional growth. The thesis is supervised and approved by the student's advisor and committee. An oral defense is required for the thesis. The applied project is supervised by the student's advisor. The achievements or results of the applied project should be made available to the public in the form of a presentation, poster, report or other form negotiated with the faculty advisor.