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The Master of Arts degree in Communication is a broad-based degree program that integrates theoretical and research components of mass communication and organizational and rhetorical communication. The program is designed to prepare recent graduates and experienced professionals for doctoral studies, professional advancement, and personal enrichment.

The Department's graduate faculty combines applied knowledge with communication theory and works to engage students to think critically as they address communication practices and issues. Courses examine how communication creates, sustains, and changes personal lives, organizations, political and cultural institutions, and society.

The program curriculum consists of 33 credit hours, including a 12-hour core, elected courses from the communication and other university departments, a written qualifying examination, and 6 credit hours toward completion of a final project or thesis.

General Admissions

All applications must be approved by the Graduate Program Coordinator, the Director for Graduate Studies for the Colleges of Arts and Sciences and the Graduate Dean. Students are admitted each semester and must meet the following requirements:

GRE/ GMAT Scores

Students must submit a satisfactory score on the general portion of the Graduate Record Examination or the Graduate Management Admissions Test. The scores required for regular admission are: 

GRE: For exams taken after November 1, 2011, the required score is 297 or more combined points on the quantitative and verbal portions. For exams taken prior to November 1, 2011, the required score is 1,000 or more combined points on the quantitative and verbal portions.

GMAT: A combined score of 1,000 or more when calculated as follows: 200 x undergraduate GPA + GMAT Score.

Earned graduate degree: An earned graduate degree may substitute for graduate entry exam scores. Students must submit a written request along with evidence of the degree to the graduate director for review.

Undergraduate Requirements 

Students must submit official copies of undergraduate transcripts indicating the following: 
  • A minimum grade point average of 3.0. 
  • A major in communication or 15 semester hours in communication. A bachelor's degree in a field related to communication or a master's  degree earned in a field other than communication may be offered as a substitute for a major in communication. Students must submit written request for review to the graduate director. 

International Students

Students who are required to take the English Language Proficiency Examination and whose scores suggest an English language deficiency must take the appropriate English as a Second Language courses. These courses are not counted as part of the 33-hour degree program.
 
International students must submit the following:
  • Documentation of TOEFL test scores of at least 525 (197 on computer based test) or 71 on Internet based test.

Provisional Admission

Students who do not meet the requirement for regular admission apply for provisional admission if they meet the following standards:

GRE/ GMAT Scores

GRE: For exams taken after November 1, 2011, a score of 311 using the formula (GRE quantitative and verbal score+[undergraduate GPA x 10] = 311 is required.  For exams taken prior to November 1, 2011, the required score is 800 or more combined points on the quantitative and verbal portions.

GMAT: A combined score of 800 or better when calculated as follows: 200 x undergraduate GPA + GMAT score. 

Undergraduate Requirements 

Students must submit official copies of undergraduate transcripts indicating the following:

A minimum grade point average of 2.5 on all undergraduate work or a 2.75 on the last 64 hours of undergraduate work. Students with a GPA below 2.5 may want to consider enrolling in undergraduate classes to increase their GPA average before applying to graduate school. Students with less than a 2.5 undergraduate GPA will not be admitted under any circumstances. USA course work completed after graduation is automatically averaged into the final GPA. The USA Office of Academic Records computes transfer credit averages and can advise students in determining when the minimum GPA has been met.

An undergraduate minor in communication or 15 semester hours in communication or a related field.

Provisional students will be eligible for regular standing after accruing at least 9 500-level semester hours (usually 3courses) taken for graduate credit toward the degree requirements with at least a 3.0 GPA. Applications for regular status must be submitted prior to completion of 16 credit hours. Provisional students who do not have a 3.0 GPA after completing16 hours of course work will be subject to dismissal from the program.

Non-Degree Admission

Students may register for and complete up to 15 hours without formal entrance into the program