The Master of Arts program is designed for students who are interested in conducting qualitative or rhetorical research, while the Master of Science program is designed for those interested in quantitative research. Both programs require completion of 30 credit hours of graduate coursework with an overall GPA of 3.0 or better. The student can elect to complete a research-based thesis, for which six of the 30 credits are awarded, or a paper/project, for which three credits are awarded. A prospectus meeting and final defense of the thesis/paper is required.
Core (6 credits)
COMM 700 - Research Methods in Communication
COMM 711 - Communication Theory
Teaching assistants are also required to take COMM 702 - Introduction to College Teaching in their first or second semester.
Research Tools (6 credits)
Students must take at least two of the following courses:
COMM 704 - Qualitative Research Methods in Communication
COMM 707 - Quantitative Research Methods in Communication
COMM 708 - Advanced Qualitative Research Methods in Communication Research
COMM 710 - Advanced Quantitative Research Methods in Communication Research
COMM 767 - Rhetorical Criticism
SOC 700 - Qualitative Research Methods
SOC 701 - Quantitative Research Methods
STAT 725 - Applied Statistics
Students pursuing the M.A. degree must take at least one qualitative methods course (COMM 704, COMM 708, COMM 767, or SOC 700). Students pursuing the M.S. degree must complete at least one quantitative methods course (COMM 707, COMM 710, SOC 701, or STAT 725).
Elective Specialization (12-15 credits)
12-15 credits of additional coursework, depending on whether the thesis or paper/project option is selected. Students can select from a wide range of specializations, pending approval from their advisor. Students may also choose graduate-level electives from other departments that may enhance specialized communication study goals.
Thesis or Paper/Project (3-6 credits)
The paper/project option requires three credits of COMM 797. The thesis requires six credits of COMM 798.