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MA in Communication Studies

Pictured | Jasmine Botello | M.A., Communication Studies | B.A., Holy Cross College, 2012 | South Bend, Indiana (hometown)

Degree Requirements (36 cr.)

The 36 credit hour curriculum has four components:

Required Core Courses (12 cr.)
  • COMM-C 501 Applied Quantitative Research Methods in Communication Studies
  • COMM-C 502 Applied Qualitative Research Methods in Communication Studies
  • SPCH-S 500 Introduction to Graduate Study and Research
  • SPCH-S 502 Introduction to Communication Theory

 Concentration (15 cr.)

Students will take five three-credit hour courses in one of the following areas:

  • Health Communication
  • Interaction and Social Processes
  • Media Studies
  • Strategic Communication

Outside Concentration (6 cr.)

Students will take two graduate-level courses outside of their focused concentration(s). Those courses will be chosen in consultation with the student’s faculty or academic advisor.

Master's Project or Thesis (3 cr.)

Students will complete a Master's thesis of project by enrolling in one of the following courses:

  • JOUR-J 560 Topics Colloquium (pending approval)
  • SPCH-S 800 MA Thesis (pending approval)

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2018-2019 Campus Bulletin
2017-2018 Campus Bulletin
2016-2017 Campus Bulletin
2015-2016 Campus Bulletin
2014-2015 Campus Bulletin

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