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Applied Communication
School of Liberal Arts

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Degrees Offered
M.A. in Applied Communication

The Department of Communication Studies offers a master's program in Applied Communication with optional concentrations in corporate communication, health communication, medi­a studies and public communication.

Program Goal

The overarching goal of this unique program in Applied Com­munication is to provide students with the competencies and skills necessary to address specific communication issues and problems that are socially relevant and to suggest or imple­ment change. The primary intellectual goal of the program is to increase our students' understanding of the theoretical implica­tions of discipline-specific knowledge and to enhance their ability to understand and predict human interaction relative to realistic, applied outcomes associated with contemporary social problems. A practical goal of the program is to educate professionals who grasp the complexities of communication problems and who are able to develop and execute strategies and create programs to address such issues.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students completing the Applied Communication M.A. curriculum will:

  • Design and execute communication strategies and create programs to address contemporary communication problems.
  • Apply communication theories to specific communication issues and problems in the workplace and the community and communcation-specific theory to predict human interaction.
  • Demonstrate an advanced theoretical knowledge in preparation for Ph.D. studies.

Admission Requirements

Our Department prides itself on the diversity of majors from which students enter our program of study. Prior to entering our master’s program, students should have (1) a baccalaure­ate degree from an accredited institution, (2) an introduction to research methods, (3) experience in the analysis of com­munication phenomena, and (4) experience with writing in an academic context. Students who do not have this preparatory work may be admitted provisionally with additional course­work required prior to admission, and/or additional credit hour requirements imposed as a part of the minimum requirements for the Master of Arts degree.

The Admissions Committee will evaluate an applicant’s prepa­ration and goals to ensure that the applicant meets the require­ments of Indiana University Graduate School and that the ap­plicant’s needs and goals are compatible with the Department’s program. The Department seeks applicants who have strong analytical and writing skills, a strong liberal arts background, an interest in communication, and applicable work-related experiences. Generally, successful applicants will have cumulative grade point averages of 3.0 or higher at the undergraduate level. The Admissions Committee considers all indicators of the appli­cant’s ability to complete the degree successfully.

Applicants should submit the following:

  1. Completed application form for Indiana University Gradu­ate School.
  2. Personal Statement.
  3. Official transcripts of all college level coursework.
  4. Three letters of recommendation (from university instructors and/or professional associates) sent directly to the Director of Graduate Studies.
  5. *GRE scores are not required for admission to the program; however GRE scores may be submitted if an applicant feels the scores will enhance his/her application and an applicant wishing to be considered for scholarships or fellowship support should note that strong scores on the GRE General Test ARE REQUIRED and may have a positive impact on his/her application.
  6. Interna­tional students must submit TOEFL scores. Information about TOEFL can be obtained from the International Affairs Office, 902 W. New York Street, ES 2126, Indianapolis, IN 46202 or 317- 274-7000. 

The following deadlines must be observed in order to receive consideration for admission:

  • January 15—priority consideration for fall semester and to be considered for University Fellowships and other financial support
  • April 1—Fall regular admission and summer deadline

Degree Requirements

Completion of 36 credit hours including:

  • 12 credit hours of core requirements.  These include:
    • COMM-C500 Advanced Communication Theory
    • COMM-C501 Applied Communication Research
    • One of COMM-C502, COMM-C530 or COMM-C531
    • COMM-C503 Applied Learning Project, or COMM-C597 Thesis
  • 24 hours of electives.  Students may take as many as 8 credit hours of approved coursework at the graduate level from outside of the Communications Studies Department.
  • Successful completion of comprehensive examinations.

The student must maintain a B+ average (3.3) or higher in order to graduate.  In addition, the student must pass the comprehensive examination and complete either a thesis or an applied learnig project in order to complete the degree requirements.

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