School of Media and Communication
Master of Arts Program in Media & Communication
The MA program offers great breadth and depth to meet a broad spectrum of needs, whether a prospective student is seeking a pre-doctoral research and theory oriented graduate program or a more professionally oriented program to help with transition to a career in media and communication or advancement in knowledge and skills in his or her current profession.
The master's program requires a minimum of 30 credit hours, combining the core and elective courses as listed below. Students must take at least 9 courses in their fulfillment of the degree. Students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA in all coursework, have no incomplete grades in graduate coursework, and must complete the degree within six years from the end of the semester of the first course and maintain continuous enrollment.
Master's students choose between two options: Plan I entails writing a full thesis, and Plan II entails taking comprehensive examinations or conducting a major project and concluding it by writing a report. Students opting for the exams or project usually complete their work in three semesters; students pursuing a thesis may need more time. No more than four credits earned in a thesis or a project may be counted toward the degree.
MC 6000: Introduction to Media and Communication
MC 6300: Social Scientific Methods
MC 6400: Humanistic Research Methods
MC 6200: Communication Pedagogy (required only for students who are funded as teaching assistants)
Funded students: 4 MC Electives + 1 Elective Graduate Course + MC Thesis/Project/Exam Hours (3 or more)
Unfunded students: 5 MC Electives + 1 Elective Graduate Course + MC Thesis/Project/Exam Hours (3 or more)