Communication Degree Requirements (MS)
Thirty units of course work including one of the following:
- an approved thesis and an oral defense.
- an approved Applied Communication Project (ACP) and an oral defense.
- a written comprehensive examination and an oral defense (Note: This option is unavailable during Summer and Winterim terms.)
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 701||INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNICATIONS STUDIES||3|
|COMM 722||ISSUES IN HUMAN COMMUNICATION THEORY||3|
|COMM 785||METHODS OF COMMUNICATION RESEARCH||3|
|Select 9-12 units of communication courses selected in consultation with an advisor||9-12|
|Select one of the two Communication Emphases listed below||9-12|
Choose one of the following emphases.
|COMM 702||SEMINAR IN APPLIED PUBLIC COMMUNICATION (Topics vary; may be repeated)||3|
|COMM 703||SEMINAR IN CORPORATE COMMUNICATION (Topics vary; may be repeated)||3|
|COMM 627||COMMUNICATION TRAINING||3|
|or COMM 629||ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION NEEDS ANALYSIS|
|JOURNLSM 704||CURRENT TOPICS IN MASS COMMUNICATION (Topics vary; may be repeated)||3|
|COMM 731||EFFECTS OF MASS COMMUNICATION||3|
|Select two of the following:||6|
|HISTORY OF MASS COMMUNICATION|
|LAW OF MASS COMMUNICATION|
|COMMUNICATION AND PUBLIC OPINION|
|NEW COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES|