In the traditional format, the communication graduate program is a 32-hour program that can be completed in two years if full-time student status is maintained. For new students, the graduate program begins in the fall semester, though special accommodations may be made. Most of the graduate level courses in the department of communication are offered either online or in the evenings, providing flexibility for working professionals.
Within the graduate coursework, you may select one of two options:
This option requires that you complete a written thesis and oral presentation of your research to graduate. A thesis typically includes some data collection and analysis.
The non-thesis option requires the completion of a seminar paper and oral presentation of your research to graduate. A seminar paper is typically shorter than a thesis and may synthesize literature, propose a study or present a case study.
In addition to completing a thesis or seminar paper, all communication graduate students must pass a comprehensive exam. The comprehensive exam includes four questions from courses you have completed. Questions must be written from two theory courses, one research methods course and an elective course.