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 via social technologies. Students also attend to the impact and effects of media, mediated representations, and new technologies, while learning to use communication strategically 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 a variety of communication-driven fields such as public affairs, public relations, employee development, strategic communication, community relations and grassroots movements.
Communication Studies, MA
New College of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences
The Plan of study is the required curriculum to complete the program.
This degree follows the general graduate application deadlines.
This degree has graduate advising.
Pay for your graduate education.
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)
Restricted Electives (6 credit hours)
Electives (up to 15 credit hours)
Culminating Experience Options (0-6 credit hours)
CMN 593 Applied Project, with written comprehensive exam (3 credit hours)
CMN 599 Thesis, with written comprehensive exam (6 credit hours)
written comprehensive examination (0 credit hours)
Additional Curriculum Information
Students should see the academic unit for an approved list of restricted electives.
Electives are selected in consultation with the student's program advisor and may include courses with either the CMN (communication) or STC (social technology) prefixes. 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.