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M.A. in Theory and Research

The M.A. program in Communication Studies with an emphasis in Theory and Research is intended to qualify students to assume a variety of professional roles in educational, industrial, and government institutions; teach the subject matter at the college level; or undertake advanced training toward a doctorate in Communication Studies. Students who are accepted into the M.A. program in Communication Studies with an emphasis in Theory and Research are awarded an assistantship.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the M.A. degree program in Communication Studies with an emphasis in Theory and Research, it is expected that students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a broad knowledge of the field of Communication Studies through the identification and explanation of the research domains which comprise the field of Communication Studies.
  • Demonstrate a general knowledge of the research methodologies used in the field of Communication Studies.
  • Identify the significant contributions made by researchers in the field of Communication Studies to the social science discipline.
  • Utilize their writing, analytical, and research skills in future research projects and endeavors across educational, professional, personal, and community contexts.

Program Timeline

The M.A. degree program in Communication Studies with an emphasis in Theory and Research is a 36-hour program designed to take one year of full-time study (i.e., Fall semester, Spring semester, Summer term). Students typically complete 15 hours of coursework during the Fall semester, 15 hours of coursework during the Spring semester, and 6 hours of coursework during the Summer term. Students are not permitted to extend their enrollment in the program past one academic year unless extenuating circumstances prohibit the student from finishing within the allotted year. In this program, student elect to either write a thesis that is orally defended during the Summer term or take a comprehensive exam that is taken during the Summer term.

Program Courses

Students in the M.A. program in Communication Studies with an emphasis in Theory and Research enroll in courses at the 500-level or above. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required for graduation.

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M.A. Theses

Students who elect to write a thesis work closely with a faculty member on a research study that ultimately is intended to make a meaningful contribution to the Communication Studies discipline. The completion of a thesis is not a graduation requirement. 

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