Program Requirements

The communication graduate degree is a 32-hour program that can be completed in two years. In addition to basic course requirements, you are required to pass a set of comprehensive exams and complete either a thesis or seminar paper to be eligible for graduation.

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Degree requirements (minimum of 32 hrs)

  1. Theory.  Must complete 7 hours in Theory as follows:

    Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Hours
    COM 701 Introduction to Graduate Studies   1 hr
    COM 702 Theory and Research in Communication 3 hrs
    COM 706 Rhetorical Theory 3 hrs
  2. Methodology.  Must select two courses, 6 hours, in the Methodology of Inquiry: 

    Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Hours
    COM 712 Quantitative Analysis in Communication Research   3 hrs
    COM 714 Qualitative Analysis in Communication Research 3 hrs
    COM 716 Rhetorical Analysis in Communication Research 3 hrs
    COM 718 Applied Communication Research Methods 3 hrs
  3. Additional course work.  Students are required to complete a minimum of 19 additional hours selected by advisement and approved by the Graduate Director, consistent with their professional, educational, and/or personal objectives.  No more than 9 hours may be selected from departments other than Communication and Media, Journalism and Film.  It is possible to complete all 19 credits in the Department of Communication.
  4. Teaching Assistants.  In addition to the above listed requirements, all graduate teaching assistants (TAs) must enroll in COM 710 during the first semester of their assistantship.  See course description of COM 710 for additional information.
  5. Research.  Complete one of the following three research options. 

    Option I: Completion of a thesis that is approved by committee, the Graduate Director and the Graduate College.  The department further requires a public presentation of the thesis.  Thesis credit shall be no more than six semester hours of the minimum required for a master's degree. 

    Option II: Complete a seminar paper approved by a seminar paper advisor, a departmental committee on seminar papers, and the Graduate Director.  The department further requires a public presentation of the seminar paper.  A maximum of 3 credit hours of COM 796 may be used for the purpose of completing the seminar paper.

Option III:  Complete a professional project approved by a professional project advisor, a departmental committee on professional projects, and the Graduate Director.  The department further requires a public presentation of the professional project.  A maximum of 3 credit hours of COM 796 may be used for the purpose of completing the professional project.

  1. Comprehensive Examination.  A comprehensive examination must be passed by the candidate before a degree will be granted.
  2. Non-class Instruction.  A maximum of eight credit hours of non-class instruction (COM 795 Communication Internship, COM 796 Independent Study and/or COM 799 Master's Thesis hours) may be counted toward the minimum 32 hours necessary for graduation.