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Department of Communication Studies

Course of Study

Total Hours Required: 30

Students complete degree through four required courses, 12 elective hours, and six final-project hours.

Required Courses, 12 hours

Courses may be completed in any order.

  • COMM 710 Intro to Communication Research Methods (fall)
  • COMM 720 Perspectives on Communication (fall)
  • COMM 730 Classical or 732 Contemporary Rhetorical Theory (spring)
  • COMM 733 Rhetorical Criticism or COMM822 Field Research in Communication Studies (spring)

Electives, 12 hours

  • Any COMM 630 or 820 course, including Critical Intercultural, Political Communication, or other special topics
  • COMM 716 Small Group Communication
  • COMM 735 Leadership Communication
  • COMM 742 Interpersonal Communication
  • COMM 756 Practicum in Communication & Conflict
  • COMM 780 Education Abroad (summer and winter intersession)
  • COMM 780 Intercultural Communication
  • COMM 790 DDPE: Theoretical Foundations
  • COMM 791 Deliberation & Dialogue Process Models
  • COMM 845 Approaches to Public/Community Engagement
  • COMM 916 Communication Theories & Engagement
  • Other COMM courses 600 and above as offered
  • Up to 6 hours 500-level or higher outside COMM, per approval by graduate director

Final Project, 6 hours

OptionsOption one: Comprehensive ExamsOption two: ReportOption three: Thesis
Description Student answers three questions covering a predetermined theory, method, and special topic.Student writes an academic essay reviewing research literature.Student writes original scholarship contributing to the discipline.
Additional courses

Choose two additional, three-hour elective courses

COMM 899 Masters Research for two hours

COMM 799 Problems in Communication Studies or 810 Research Writing, one hour

One additional three-hour elective course

COMM 899 Masters Research for six hours

Quick Facts

Degree: Master of Arts in Communication Studies

Credits: 30 required; core courses in social-scientific and rhetorical perspectives

Course Delivery: Face-to-face seminars with some online and hybrid courses available

Thesis, report, and comprehensive exam options available