Graduate Program

The Department of Communication Arts offers a graduate program that leads to a Master of Arts in Communication (M.A.C.). Majors in speech communication and mass media are available, and both majors share a common core of four courses in theory and

research methods. The M.A.C. prepares students for study at the doctoral level and for advancement in their professional fields. Students studying speech communication will be educated in the advanced theory and practice of communication in such areas as

interpersonal, intercultural, and organizational communication, in addition to conflict management and advanced presentational skills. Students studying mass media will be educated in the theory of practice of media economics and management, law and ethics, and digital communication. Thesis and non-thesis options are available. Both programs seek to enhance students’ communication, critical thinking, problem-solving skills, leadership potential, as well as an appreciation for cultural diversity.

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Core Courses

12 Credits

 

COMM 5000 - Communication Theory

3

 
 

COMM 7100 - Quantitative Research Methods in Communication

3

 
 

COMM 7200 - Qualitative Research Methods in Communication

3

 
 

MDIA 5000 - Mass Media Theory

3

 

 

Choose from the following:

 
 

COMM 6000 - Applied Professional Communication

3

 
 

COMM 6200 - Seminar in Advanced Intercultural Communication

3

 
 

COMM 6400 - Seminar in Organizational Communication

3

 
 

COMM 7000 - Special Topics in Communication

3

 
 

COMM 7150 - Seminar in Interpersonal Theory

3

 
 

COMM 7300 - Seminar in Communication and Conflict

3

 

 

 

 

MDIA 6100 - Media Economics and Management

3

 
 

MDIA 6350 - Media Aesthetics

3

 
 

MDIA 6450 - International Media

3

 
 

MDIA 7600 - Digital Communication

3

 
 

MDIA 7700 - Special Topics in Media (May be repeated once)

3

 
 

MDIA 7800 - Media Law and Ethics

3

 

Guided Electives at the Graduate Level

6 Credits

Thesis / Project Option: COMM 7999 or MDIA 7999

6 Credits

Non-thesis Option: COMM 7000

6 Credits

Total credits required for the degree