Thesis Track

This program includes a thesis. Students must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours at the graduate level with the approval of a faculty advisor. Of the 30 credit hours, 15 credit hours must be at or above the 600 level. No more than 6 credit hours will be allowed for advanced projects and directed research (699). 6 credit hours will be earned for thesis work. Public Relations students must receive a “B” or higher in core courses (COM 601COM 602 OR COM 603STC 620, STC 621).

Required Communication and Public Relations Core Courses
COM 601Theories of Communication3
COM 602Methods of Communication Research3
or COM 603 Qualitative Research Methodologies
STC 620Public Relations Fundamentals3
STC 621Writing for Public Relations3
Public Relations Electives
Select four of the following:12
Design for Public Relations
Crisis Communication And Management
Media Relations
Cases In Public Relations Administration
Sports, Publicity, & Promotions
Religion, Communication, & Culture
Public Relations Management
Special Topics Seminar In Public Relations
Seminar in Public Relations and Political Campaigns
Non-Profit And Public Information Campaigns
Seminar In Public Relations Measurement
Seminar In Public Relations Ethics
Strategic Communication In Health Care
Corporate Communication And Public Relations
Public Relations Experience Program (Prep)
International Public Relations
Public Relations Practicum I
Advanced Projects and Directed Research in Public Relations
Thesis
COM 810Master's Thesis1-6
Total Credit Hours30

No comprehensive examinations are required for this degree.

Professional (Non-thesis) Track

Students who elect the professional, non-thesis track must complete a minimum of 36 credit hours at the graduate level with the approval of the faculty advisor. Public Relations students must receive a “B” or higher in core courses (COM 601COM 602 OR COM 603, STC 620, STC 621, STC 622). Of the 36 credit hours, 18 must be at or above the 600 level.

Required Communication and Public Relations Core Courses
COM 601Theories of Communication3
COM 602Methods of Communication Research3
or COM 603 Qualitative Research Methodologies
STC 620Public Relations Fundamentals3
STC 621Writing for Public Relations3
STC 622Design for Public Relations3
Public Relations Electives
Select five of the following:15
Crisis Communication And Management
Media Relations
Sports, Publicity, & Promotions
Religion, Communication, & Culture
Public Relations Experience Program (Prep)
International Public Relations
Public Relations Management
Cases In Public Relations Administration
Special Topics Seminar In Public Relations
Seminar in Public Relations and Political Campaigns
Non-Profit And Public Information Campaigns
Seminar In Public Relations Measurement
Seminar In Public Relations Ethics
Strategic Communication In Health Care
Corporate Communication And Public Relations
Public Relations Practicum I
Advanced Projects and Directed Research in Public Relations
Electives
6 elective credit hours must be taken outside the School of Communication’s Public Relations program, with approval of the program’s graduate coordinator.6
Continuous Registration--Master's Study
Total Credit Hours36

No written comprehensive examinations are required for this degree.