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The Department of Communication offers a Master of Arts Degree with a Major in Communication. Students in this degree program will work one-on-one with an advisor to design a program of study that will match their individual career goals and will gain valuable skills in problem-solving, analysis, research methods, and scholarly writing. Courses in the areas of advertising, broadcasting, journalism, international communication, theatre production and performance, public relations, organizational communication, and interpersonal communication are available.

Qualified candidates may be eligible for assistantships, which provide a tuition waiver and a graduate teaching stipend.

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  • About Master's Degree
  • Jump Start Option
  • Career Options

Options available for the degree include:

Option I: Thesis
This option is designed to prepare students for a doctoral program, for advanced professional careers, or for students wanting to complete an in-depth research experience.

Option II: Research Problem
This option is designed to provide a research experience that can include a specific problem, creative and aesthetic efforts such as performances, exhibits, or creative programs, or an internship.

Option III: Coursework
This option requires completion of coursework that demonstrates evidence of advanced coursework in an area of concentration. Departments will require evidence of competency through activities such as research papers, portfolios, practice, internships, comprehensive exams, or other individual work. Students should check with their major department for specific requirements for the coursework.

This accelerated degree program permits students to have conditional acceptance to the master's program in their final undergraduate year. With the Jump Start program, communication majors have the chance to earn hours during their full senior year in order to have nine hours of graduate work completed prior to their undergraduate graduation.  Jump Start Flyer     Jump Start Fillable Form

  • Advertising Sales
  • Campaign Manager
  • Theater Manager
  • Project Manager
  • Director of Digital Publications
  • Social Media Manager
  • Corporate Training Specialist
  • Human Resource Manager
  • Physician Recruiter
  • Corporate Communications Director
  • Media Management
  • Strategic Research Analyst
  • Public Relations Manager
  • Community Relations Director
  • Speech Writer
  • Technical Communication Specialist

About Communication Department

The Department of Communication offers Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts degrees within a collaborative and collegial environment. Our top-ranked faculty are highly active in their professions and emphasize the importance of fusing theory with applied skill. We have more than 250 majors across the six emphasis areas of communication education, human communication, media production, multimedia journalism, strategic communication, and theatre. The department stresses an integrated and active approach to learning. Please explore our website and let us know if you have any questions. 

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