Communication Studies Requirements

Master of Science Degree in Communication Studies- 36 Credits

Admissions Requirements
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Graduation Requirements
1. Completion of program requirements (36 credits);
2. A minimum of 3.0 GPA (grade point average);
3. Acceptance of the written Master’s Thesis or passing of a Comprehensive Examination;
4. All requirements must be completed within five years from the date of matriculation.

Degree Requirements–36 Credits
Core Courses – 12 Credits Credits
CMA 601 Theories of Communication 3 cr.
CMA 604 Applied Communications Research 3 cr.
CMA 605 Communications Law and Ethics 3 cr.
CMA 606 Public Opinion and Persuasion 3 cr.

Required Specialization Courses – 6 credits
(choose one from each pair)
CMA 613 Organizational Communication or 3, CMA Principles of Public Relations 3 cr.
CMA 618 Writing for Organizations or 3, CMA 619 Writing for the Media 3 cr.

Elective Specialization Courses – 12  cr.
Culminating Experience – 6 cr.

Thesis Option – 6 cr.
OR
Specialization Courses & Comprehensive Exam – 6 cr.

Courses
For descriptions of courses, please download the Graduate School Catalog.

Advanced Certificate in Communication Studies- 18 Credits

The Advanced Certificate Program will provide an opportunity for advanced studies for those who already hold a graduate degree in communications from an accredited institution. It is designed to meet certain professional needs and to upgrade skills and knowledge within the field. Candidates must enroll for at least 18 credits in specialization courses to fulfill the requirements for the certificate. A cumulative index of at least 3.0 must be achieved. Students develop a plan of study in consultation with the faculty advisor. As a culminating requirement, students write a thesis or develop a project demonstrating proficiency in their chosen specialization.

Admissions Requirements
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Courses
For descriptions of courses, please download the Graduate School Catalog.