Degree Requirements for Full-Time Students
The degree involves a two-year program of study that includes that following elements:
Coursework: Minimum of 33 total hours are required to graduate
- 12 Credit Hours Required Communication Courses (4 required courses)
- COMM7001 - Advanced Rhetorical Theory
- COMM7041 - Empirical Communication Research Methods
- COMM7042 - Qualitative and Rhetorical Research Methods
- COMM7007 - Advanced Communication Theory
- 12 Credit Hours Minimum of Communication Electives
- 3 - 9 Thesis or Praxis Hours
- To achieve full-time status, students must take 10 or more hours of graduate coursework per semester. Students receiving assistantships or scholarships must maintain a 12-hour course-load.
- Full-time students are required to register for COMM8093 - Introduction to Graduate Studies during Fall and Spring semesters in the first year and COMM8094 - Academic and Professional Prep during Fall and Spring semesters of the second year.
- All students complete either a Master's Thesis, an independently developed and executed research project, or a Praxis Research Project, an applied paper based on internship or other field experience. Students may register for 3 to 9 thesis or praxis hours with an advisor. The thesis or praxis research project may involve a variety of approaches and methods, including experimental, survey, observation/participation, fieldwork, or critical-textual.