More and more students are discovering the value of advanced professional study. This is mirrored in the Department of Communication's master's program, which contains more master's students than almost any other department. Graduate study is not only helpful for secondary school teachers who wish to enhance their education for higher salary and advancement; many communication-related industries find a graduate degree a useful and sometimes indispensable resource for staff. This is especially true in management positions.
Of course, students also continue work at the master's level to prepare for doctoral study. The department offers preparation for that goal, and for communication professionals as well. About 15 percent of our master's degree students continue in a Ph.D. program, either at NDSU or elsewhere.
Many students considering Ph.D.-level study choose the thesis option: students are required to write a thesis demonstrating a high level of quantitative or qualitative research knowledge. Some students choose a non-thesis option by taking another class and writing an in-depth essay or other project as agreed upon by the department and the student's major advisor. Students may pursue an M.A. or an M.S.
Requirements are tailored to fit each student's individual needs. Students may take graduate course work in other disciplines to enhance their graduate program of study. Interdisciplinary approaches to research are encouraged.
- Degree Requirements
- Graduate Assistantships
- General Procedures
- Graduate Student Handbook (updated April 2015)
For more information on the master's program, contact Dr. Stephenson Beck, Director of Graduate Studies.