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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 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. 

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: 
  • Applicants to graduate programs in Arts and Sciences typically have a minimum GPA of at least a 3.0 on all undergraduate work. In exceptional cases, applicants may be considered with at least a 2.5 GPA on all undergraduate work, or at least a 2.75 GPA on the last 60 hours of undergraduate work.
  • 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 34-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.

Non-Degree Admission

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