Communication Degree Requirements (MS)

Degree Requirements

Thirty units of course work including one of the following:

  1. an approved thesis and an oral defense.
  2. an approved Applied Communication Project (ACP) and an oral defense.
  3. a written comprehensive examination and an oral defense (Note: This option is unavailable during Summer and Winterim terms.)

For students choosing the thesis option, 3 units of COMM 799 may count toward the 30 required units. For students choosing COMM 789, 3 ACP units may count toward the 30 required units.

Students pursuing the thesis option are encouraged to complete a thesis literature review by enrolling in COMM 798, prior to enrolling in COMM 799, for 3 units.

Students pursuing the ACP option are required to complete an ACP proposal prior to enrolling in COMM 789 for 3 units. Students are encouraged to enroll in COMM 798 to facilitate their development of the proposal. Proposal forms are available from the Communication Program Graduate Coordinator.

A student may not carry more than three units of individual studies in a single term. For students choosing the thesis or ACP capstone options, not more than four units of independent studies, not more than three units of practicum credits, and not more than a combined total of nine units of individual studies, workshops, practicum, and capstone credits (i.e. thesis/ACP credits) may count toward the completion of the degree. For students choosing the written examination capstone option, not more than four units of independent studies, not more than three units of practicum credits, and not more than a combined total of six units of individual studies, workshops, and practicum credits may count toward the completion of the degree.

At least half of the degree course work in the degree program, and at least half the course work in the emphasis chosen, must be completed in courses numbered 700 or higher.

The program is designed to take four academic-year semesters (not including summer terms) if you are participating in the program on a full-time basis.

Professional Core - 18-21 units
COMM 701INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNICATIONS STUDIES3
COMM 722ISSUES IN HUMAN COMMUNICATION THEORY3
COMM 785METHODS OF COMMUNICATION RESEARCH3
Electives
Select 9-12 units of communication courses selected in consultation with an advisor9-12
Emphasis
Select one of the two Communication Emphases listed below9-12
Total Units30

Communication Emphases

Choose one of the following emphases.

Corporate Communication

COMM 702SEMINAR IN APPLIED PUBLIC COMMUNICATION (Topics vary; may be repeated)3
COMM 703SEMINAR IN CORPORATE COMMUNICATION (Topics vary; may be repeated)3
COMM 627COMMUNICATION TRAINING3
or COMM 629
Total Units9

Mass Communication

JOURNLSM 704CURRENT TOPICS IN MASS COMMUNICATION (Topics vary; may be repeated)3
COMM 731EFFECTS OF MASS COMMUNICATION3
Select two of the following:6
HISTORY OF MASS COMMUNICATION
LAW OF MASS COMMUNICATION
COMMUNICATION AND PUBLIC OPINION
NEW COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES
Total Units12