The goals of the Master of Arts program in Communication Studies are to provide students with a rigorous educational experience, to develop an advanced understanding of the human communication process, to increase awareness of the interdisciplinary nature of the communication field, and to develop oral, written, critical thinking, and research skills. Students may complete coursework in persuasion, and interpersonal, intercultural, organizational, and health communication together with research methods applicable to these areas. Two programs are offered. The thesis track emphasizes student development of research skills under faculty supervision (30 credit hours). The non-thesis track emphasizes a theoretical foundation based on application of communication courses (36 credit hours).

Curriculum Requirements - Thesis

Required Communication Core
COM 601Theories of Communication3
COM 602Methods of Communication Research3
COM 603Qualitative Research Methodologies3
Communication Electives
Select 3 - 5 of the following:9-15
Advanced Communication Research Methods and Statistics
Special Topics in Communication
Seminar in Persuasive Communication
Small Group Processes
Gender Issues in Leadership
Conflict Management
Intercultural Communication: International Perspectives
Intercultural Communication: Domestic Perspectives
Culture and Organizations
Survey Of Health Communication
Culture And Health
Organizations, Communication Health
Risk Communication
Health Communication Interventions
The Executive Communicator
Seminar in Interpersonal Communication
Seminar in Organizational Communication
Communication Studies Practicum
Advanced Special Topics in Communication Studies
Advanced Projects and Directed Research
Outside Electives 10-6
Thesis
COM 810Master's Thesis1-6
Total Credit Hours30

1 A maximum of 6 credit hours thesis track may come from outside the Department of Communication Studies (COS or COM courses). Elective credits must be chosen with prior approval from a Communication Studies advisor.

Curriculum Requirements - Non-Thesis

Required Communication Core
COM 601Theories of Communication3
COM 602Methods of Communication Research3
COM 603Qualitative Research Methodologies3
Communication Electives
Select 6 - 9 of the following:18 - 27
Advanced Communication Research Methods and Statistics
Special Topics in Communication
Seminar in Persuasive Communication
Small Group Processes
Gender Issues in Leadership
Conflict Management
Intercultural Communication: International Perspectives
Intercultural Communication: Domestic Perspectives
Culture and Organizations
Survey Of Health Communication
Culture And Health
Organizations, Communication Health
Risk Communication
Health Communication Interventions
The Executive Communicator
Seminar in Interpersonal Communication
Seminar in Organizational Communication
Communication Studies Practicum
Advanced Special Topics in Communication Studies
Advanced Projects and Directed Research
Outside Electives 10 - 6
Total Credit Hours36

1 A maximum of 9 credit hours non-thesis track may come from outside the Department of Communication Studies (COS or COM courses). Elective credits must be chosen with prior approval from a Communication Studies advisor.