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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. Students use multiple perspectives to explore a variety of topics and issues in communication.
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.
Communication Studies, MA
Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, New College of
The Plan of Study is the required curriculum to complete the program.
Priority: February 15
Final: July 15
Priority: October 15
Final: December 1
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Graduate students from western states who enroll in this program are eligible for a discounted tuition rate.
Applicants must submit the following:
Graduate Education online admission application, including application fee
official transcripts showing a bachelor's degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution in the U.S. or the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree from an international institution that is officially recognized by that country
official GRE scores, if the undergraduate cumulative GPA is below 3.00 for the last 60 credit hours
a statement of purpose that describes the educational background, scholarly interests, and academic and professional goals of the applicant
three letters of recommendation, preferably from faculty members who know the applicant's work well (if not available, then from individuals in supervisory or professional roles)
an academic writing sample (if not available, then an example of professional writing)
Minimum of a "B" (3.00 on a 4.00 scale) GPA in the last 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours of undergraduate course work (if the applicant does not meet the minimum GPA requirements, the application may still be considered) is required.
Applicants whose native language is not English (regardless of current residency) must provide proof of English proficiency.
Students must fulfill both the requirements of Graduate Education and the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences.