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MASTER OF ARTS IN COMMUNICATION STUDIES

Degree Requirements

There are two routes to the degree, a thesis route and an examination route. Core course requirements are common to both routes, although the required number of credit hours varies. Listed below are both common and specific requirements for the two routes to the Master's Degree:

Requirements for all students seeking the M.A. degree in the School of Communication and Multimedia Studies

  1. Course Requirements: a minimum of 30 graduate credit hours plus successful completion of a Master’s Thesis for the thesis route or a minimum of 36 graduate credit hours plus successful completion of a Master’s examination. In either option, coursework must include the following:

    Nine (9) credit hours required from following courses (if the degree is not completed within seven years of the taking of these classes, these course requirements have to be satisfied anew):

    Introductory: 3 credits required
    COM 6400: Introduction to Graduate Studies in Communication

    Theory: 3 credits required from the following:
    COM 6402: Communication & Modern Cultural Theory
    COM 6415: Intercultural Communication Theory
    FIL 6807: Film Theory & Criticism (cannot be used for theory and method)
    RTV 6006: TV & Video Studies
    MMC 6408: Mass Media Theory
    SPC 6232: Contemporary Rhetorical Theory
    SPC 6234: Classical Rhetorical Theory
    SPC 6296: Communication Theory

    Methodology: 3 credits required from the following:
    COM 6340: Qualitative Communication Research
    COM 6316: Quantitative Communication Research
    FIL 6807: Film Theory & Criticism (cannot be used for theory and method)
    COM 6341: Cultural Analysis
    SPC 6682: Rhetorical Criticism

  2. A minimum of 3.0 GPA on all work completed, with a grade of B or higher on all credit applied to the degree.

  3. Courses taken to satisfy the foreign language requirement cannot be applied to the degree.

  4. A Plan of Study must be filed with and approved by the Graduate College. Students may file their Plan of Study for the degree of Master of Arts in Communication and Multimedia Studies after having satisfied the following requirements:

    The student must have completed a minimum of 9 credit hours of graduate work in Communication with an average of 3.0 or better.

    The student must demonstrate a reading knowledge of a foreign language, as required by the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters.

    Students must form their Graduate Advisory Committee. Chairs for all graduate advisory committees must be members of the Graduate Faculty. For the thesis option, committee members must include a minimum of two (2) faculty from the School of Communication and Multimedia Studies, with three (3) faculty members overall. For the Non-Thesis Option, all three (3) advisory committee members must be from the faculty of the School of Communication and Multimedia Studies.

    Students must submit their Plan of Study form to their supervisory committee for approval. The Plan of Study (POS) must be approved by the Graduate College before a student is eligible to register for thesis hours.

    A copy of the Plan of Study must be submitted to the Graduate Coordinator of the School of Communication and Multimedia Studies.

    The approved Plan of Study must be filed with the Graduate College at least one semester before the semester in which the student plans to graduate.

  5. Filing of the Application to Graduate form at the beginning of the semester in which the student plans to graduate.

Additional Degree Requirements for Students Selecting the Thesis Option

  1. Fifteen (15) credit hours of approved graduate electives, of which a minimum of nine (9) must be in the School of Communication and Multimedia Studies. Any course work taken in a program other than the SCMS must be approved in writing by a SCMS faculty advisor prior to enrollment in order for such coursework to count toward the SCMS MA.

  2. The student’s committee must approve a thesis prospectus or proposal at the beginning of the writing process.

  3. Six (6) credit hours of thesis research.

  4. Successful oral defense of the thesis.

  5. Submission of the approved thesis to the Graduate College in accordance with Graduate College guidelines and deadlines.

Additional Degree Requirements for Students Selecting the Exam Option

  1. Twenty-seven (27) credit hours of approved electives, of which a minimum of twenty-one (21) must be in the School of Communication and Multimedia Studies. Any course work taken in a program other than the SCMS must be approved in writing by a SCMS faculty advisor prior to enrollment in order for such coursework to count toward the SCMS MA.

  2. Successful completion of the Master’s Examination.

 

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