Degree Plan: MA in Communication Online

First semester (fall)

CoursesHours
Total hours10
COM 701 Introduction to Graduate Studies 1
COM 718 Applied Communication Research Methods 3
COM 600/700 level online elective 3
COM 600/700 level online elective 3

Second semester (spring)

CoursesHours
Total hours12
COM 702 Theory and Research in Communication 3
COM 718 Applied Communication Research Methods 3
COM 716 Rhetorical Analysis in Communication Research 3
COM 600/700 level online elective 3

Third semester (fall)

CoursesHours
Total hours13
COM 701 Introduction to Graduate Studies 1
COM 706 Rhetorical Theory 3
COM 718 Applied Communication Research Methods 3
COM 712 Quantitative Analysis in Communication Research 3
COM 600/700 level online elective

Fourth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
Total hours11-19
COM 702 Theory and Research in Communication 3
COM 718 Applied Communication Research Methods 3
COM 796 Independent Study 1-4
COM 799 Masters Thesis 1-6
COM 600/700 level online elective 3

NOTE ON COURSEWORK: 

  • All students must complete COM 701, COM 702, and COM 706.  Students select two minimum of the following Methods courses (COM 712, COM 714, COM 716, COM 718).  All students must complete a research requirement (COM 796 Seminar Paper or Professional Project or COM 799 Thesis) by the final semester of their coursework.  Research requirements require consultation and prior approval of the Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Communication and the student’s research advisor. 
  • MA Com students can also take online graduate level credit work 600/700+ level through the Department of Media, Journalism, and Film to count toward their degree.
  • Up to 9 hours of graduate credit work can be taken outside of the School of Communication Studies in departments other than Communication, Media, Journalism, and Film. 
  • Students should seek advisement and a release to register for courses from the Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Communication.   Courses may require permission of the course instructor.   Online graduate courses are available upon availability including summer semester course offerings.
  • A maximum of eight credit hours of non-class instruction (COM 795 Communication Internship, COM 796 Independent Study, and/or COM 799 Master’s thesis hours) may be counted toward the minimum 32 hours necessary for graduation.