Overview

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).

Students select a track from four options: Communication Studies, Health Communication, Intercultural Communication, and Organizational Communication.

Communication Studies Track

The Communication Studies track is a general track that allows students greater flexibility to design their course of study.

Health Communication Track

Health Communication is an emerging specialty in the field of communication. This graduate program is designed to provide a broad introduction to human communication in a health-care context. Career opportunities in this area include public health leaders, practitioners, and researchers who design, evaluate, and disseminate health communication messages for private and governmental organizations, advertising, public relations and marketing agencies, and journalists. Students will explore the roles of patients and caregivers, social and cultural issues, communication in health organizations, and the role of mass media. 

Intercultural Communication Track

The Intercultural Communication Track is designed to provide students with an understanding of the way communication functions in intercultural settings, how culture affects the communication process, and the reciprocal effects of intercultural perceptions on policy in the history of Eastern-Western relations. Career opportunities in this field include corporate diversity trainer, communication director, human resource manager, international service representative, negotiator, and foreign correspondent with government and business organizations. 

Organizational Communication Track

Organizational Communication is designed to provide students with a comprehensive and advanced understanding of communication in the organizational environment. Courses are designed to extend oral, written, and critical thinking skills through application of concepts using practical challenges in organizations. Students have the opportunity to explore essential areas of organizational communication, presentational skills, leadership styles, interpersonal and small group interaction, decision making, persuasion, conflict management, and diversity training. 

Admission Requirements

The following is a list of the required conditions as well as the required documents/fees for your application for admission to the Master of Arts degree program in the School of Communication. 

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
  • The School's official application
  • An $85.00 non-refundable application fee
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • 500-word typed statement of academic and professional goals
  • Official transcripts of all college work, both undergraduate and graduate. 
    • Note: In addition, international applicants must send an official copy of their diploma for all degrees earned, and all documentation that confers their degree, with English translation for all degrees earned. 
    • Note: All transcripts must be the original document, forwarded directly from the university: Xerox copies, true copies, notarized copies and other types of copies are not acceptable.
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS scores
    • Note: Only for international applicants.
  • Copy of current passport
    • Note: Only for international applicants. The name entered on the graduate application must exactly match your name as it appears on your passport.
  • Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores

Contact the Office of Graduate Studies, call 305-284-5236 or email (socgrad@miami.edu), for information. 

Curriculum Requirements

Communication Studies Track

Required Communication Core
COM 601Theories of Communication3
COM 602Methods of Communication Research3
COM 603Qualitative Research Methodologies3
Communication Electives
Thesis Option: Select 3 - 5 courses from the list below.
Non-Thesis Option: Select 6 - 9 courses from the list below.
Advanced Communication Research Methods and Statistics
Special Topics in Communication
Seminar in Persuasive Communication
Small Group Processes
Seminar in Nonverbal Communication (NVC)
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, and 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 Option ONLY
COM 810Master's Thesis6
Total Credit Hours for Non-Thesis Option36
Total Credit Hours for Thesis Option30

Curriculum Requirements

Health Communication Track

Required Communication Core
COM 601Theories of Communication3
COM 602Methods of Communication Research3
COM 603Qualitative Research Methodologies3
Communication Electives
Thesis Option: Select 3 - 5 courses from the list below.
Non-Thesis Option: Select 6 - 9 courses from the list below.
Advanced Communication Research Methods and Statistics
Seminar in Persuasive Communication
Seminar in Nonverbal Communication (NVC)
Survey of Health Communication
Culture and Health
Organizations, Communication, and Health
Risk Communication
Health Communication Interventions
Seminar in Interpersonal Communication
Communication Studies Practicum
Advanced Special Topics in Communication Studies
Advanced Projects and Directed Research
Outside Electives 10-6
Thesis Option ONLY
COM 810Master's Thesis6
Total Credit Hours for Non-Thesis Option36
Total Credit Hours for Thesis Option30

Curriculum Requirements

Intercultural Communication Track

Required Communication Core
COM 601Theories of Communication3
COM 602Methods of Communication Research3
COM 603Qualitative Research Methodologies3
Communication Electives
Thesis Option: Select 3 - 5 courses from the list below.
Non-Thesis Option: Select 6 - 9 courses from the list below.
Advanced Communication Research Methods and Statistics
Special Topics in Communication
Seminar in Persuasive Communication
Seminar in Nonverbal Communication (NVC)
Intercultural Communication: International Perspectives
Intercultural Communication: Domestic Perspectives
Culture and Organizations
Culture and Health
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 Option ONLY
COM 810Master's Thesis6
Total Credit Hours for Non-Thesis Option36
Total Credit Hours for Thesis Option30

Curriculum Requirements

Organizational Communication Track

Required Communication Core
COM 601Theories of Communication3
COM 602Methods of Communication Research3
COM 603Qualitative Research Methodologies3
Communication Electives
Thesis Option: Select 3 - 5 courses from the list below.
Non-Thesis Option: Select 6 - 9 courses from the list below.
Advanced Communication Research Methods and Statistics
Special Topics in Communication
Seminar in Persuasive Communication
Small Group Processes
Seminar in Nonverbal Communication (NVC)
Gender Issues in Leadership
Conflict Management
Intercultural Communication: International Perspectives
Culture and Organizations
Organizations, Communication, and Health
The Executive Communicator
Seminar in Interpersonal Communication
Organizational Training and Development
Seminar in Organizational Communication
Communication Studies Practicum
Advanced Special Topics in Communication Studies
Advanced Projects and Directed Research
Outside Electives 10-6
Thesis Option ONLY
COM 810Master's Thesis6
Total Credit Hours for Non-Thesis Option36
Total Credit Hours for Thesis Option30

Sample Plan of Study - Thesis

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
COM 601 Theories of Communication 3
COM 602 Methods of Communication Research 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours9
Spring
COM 603 Qualitative Research Methodologies 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours9
Year Two
Fall
Elective 3
Elective 3
COM 810 Master's Thesis 3
 Credit Hours9
Spring
COM 810 Master's Thesis 3
 Credit Hours3
 Total Credit Hours30

Sample Plan of Study - Non-Thesis

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
COM 601 Theories of Communication 3
COM 602 Methods of Communication Research 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours9
Spring
COM 603 Qualitative Research Methodologies 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours9
Year Two
Fall
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours9
Spring
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours9
 Total Credit Hours36

Goals

The goals of the Master of Arts Program in Communication Studies are to provide students with a rigorous graduate level academic experience, comprehensive understanding of theoretical communication concepts, and development of advanced oral, written, critical thinking, and research skills.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Graduate students will demonstrate application of appropriate communication and professional skills.
  • Graduate students will demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of communication concepts and critical analysis of research.
  • Graduate students will demonstrate appropriate writing and presentational skills.