Graduate

Programs

M.A. THESIS Requirements

36 total credit hours

Core Requirements (6 credit hours):

COM 6001 Histories and Theories of Communication (3 credit hours) - This course must be taken the first time it is offered after the student is admitted to the graduate program.

COM 7325, Qualitative Methods or COM 7325, Critical Methods or COM 7325, Quantitative Methods (3 credit hours)

Additional Requirements (30 credit hours):

24 credit hours of elective coursework, 6 hours of which may consist of a course or courses from other departments within this or other universities (pending advisor approval)

SPC 6971, Thesis Hours (6 credit hours minimum)

Each student must also write and successfully defend a thesis.

 

MA Non-Thesis Track

36 total credit hours

Core Requirements (3 credit hours):

COM 6001, Histories and Theories of Communication (3 credit hours) - This course must be taken the first time it is offered after the student is admitted to the graduate program.

Additional Requirements (33 credit hours):

33 credit hours of elective, 6 hours of which may consist of a course or courses from other departments within this or other universities (pending advisor approval)

Each student must also write and successfully defend comprehensive examinations.

 

Doctoral Requirements

51 total credit hours beyond the M.A. degree
(45 course credit hours minimum plus 6 credit hours of doctoral dissertation work)


Core Requirements (6 credit hours):

COM 6001, Histories and Theories of Communication (3 credit hours)

COM 7325, Qualitative Methods or COM 7325, Critical Methods or COM 7325, Quantitative Methods (3 credit hours)

Additional Requirements (45 credit hours):

6 credit hours of research tools related to area of dissertation

6 credit hours in courses from other departments within this or other universities (pending advisor approval)

27 credit hours of elective coursework in Communication, 12 credit hours of which must be Ph.D. Seminars (all COM 7933 courses are seminars)

6 credit hours of Dissertation hours

Each student must also write and successfully defend a dissertation.

(Ph.D. students enrolled full-time tend to complete coursework in three years; a minimum of one-year continuous residency is required.)