MA in Communication

University of Colorado Colorado Springs

Program Description

MA in Communication

University of Colorado Colorado Springs

The Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's degree program in Communication offers highly-qualified UCCS Communication majors the opportunity of pursuing the Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Communication and Masters of Arts (MA) in Communication concurrently. The program allows for up to nine credit hours to be used for both the BA and MA. It is designed to be approximately a five-year program for currently enrolled University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) Communication majors.

The Master of Arts (MA) in Communication at UCCS offers students the opportunity to engage in advanced study and develop graduate-level expertise for addressing complex communication problems in modern organizations and social systems. This program prepares graduates for careers in the profit and nonprofit sectors, as well as in academia. Given the extent to which communication is ubiquitous, the mission of our graduate program is to help students develop an array of scholarly, personal, and professional communication skills suitable to a variety of contexts. Students are encouraged to develop expertise either in professional communication with an emphasis on organizational communication, leadership, and strategic communication, or advanced general studies with an emphasis on communication competence in their own particular area of interest. With either focus, students learn to connect communication knowledge, theory, and research capacities to real-world situations. In addition, our program seeks to instill in students a passion for intellectual and theoretical discovery that transcends career objectives and course expectations.

Learning Outcomes Honoring Our Mission

Upon graduation, all of our students will demonstrate these competencies:

  • Broad-based and advanced knowledge and understanding of communication processes and theories related to organizational communication and/or the student's personal area of interest.
  • Well-developed communication skills, including critical thinking and analysis, speaking, and writing, that prepare for success in the workplace or further graduate studies, including a doctoral program.
  • An awareness and motivation to use their communication knowledge and skills with sensitivity to critical issues such as ethics and inclusiveness in a diverse and technologically mediated global environment and society.
  • Proficiency in designing and conducting an original communication research study or a research-based training in their chosen area of interest.

A Personalized Program of Graduate Study

In consultation with graduate faculty, graduate students develop a personalized program of study to foster their own learning objectives and career goals. They are required to complete a set of core courses; and the organizational communication focus identifies four required electives. Thesis and non-thesis options are available.

Plan I is with thesis. This plan requires a minimum of 33 hours of course work, of which 12 hours are four of the core courses (does not include the capstone course) and six hours are thesis credit.

Plan II is without thesis and requires a minimum of 33 hours of course work, of which 15 hours are the core courses.

With both plans, no more than six hours of graduate course work may be transferred from other universities to fulfill the degree requirements for the MA in Communication. With both plans, only three credits of COMM 9500 Independent Study and three credits of COMM 6020 Communication Research Practicum may be applied to the degree requirements as electives.

Admission Requirements

There are three types of admission to the M. A. Program in Communication, as described below. Any applicant not satisfying the requirements of any of these three types of admission is reviewed by the Graduate Applications Review Committee constituted of three members of the graduate faculty.

Guaranteed Admission: This program is designed to offer outstanding University of Colorado at Colorado Springs students enrolled in their final semester of undergraduate coursework guaranteed and expedited admission to the M. A. Program in Communication. To qualify for guaranteed admission, a student must be a Communication major with a minimum GPA of 3.7 in all Communication coursework taken at UCCS. A one-page admissions form is available from the Communication Department and a $60 non-refundable application fee are required.

Fast-Track Admission (only through Spring 2015 applications) : This program is designed to offer a more efficient admission process to University of Colorado at Colorado Springs undergraduate students who have graduated no more than four years prior to application to the graduate program. Students applying under the fast-track program must submit the following:

  • The Fast-Track Admission application form, accurately and completely filled out.
  • A completed residency form (back of the application form), if the student claims in-state tuition eligibility.
  • A check or money order for the $60 ($100 for international students) non-refundable application fee.
  • Official transcripts for any university level studies attempted after graduation from University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.
  • A letter of recommendation from the Chairperson of the student's former undergraduate department (non-Communication majors only).
  • GRE exam results (for applicants with a cumulative undergraduate GPA below 3.0 only).

Standard Admission: This program is designed for students who are not eligible for either Guaranteed or Fast-Track admission. To be considered for Standard Admission to the M. A. Program in Communication, a student must first meet the general requirements outlined by the Graduate School at UCCS. Applications are evaluated by the Graduate Committee of the Department of Communication.

  • Transcripts from each college or university previously attended (an overall GPA of 3.0 is expected).
  • Recent GRE scores (a combined score of at least 1000 on the verbal and quantitative components is expected).
  • A statement indicating educational objectives and professional goals.
  • Four letters of recommendation from instructors or employers.
  • A sample of scholarly writing.
  • A check or money order for the $60 ($75. for international students) non-refundable application fee.

Admission is not limited to those with communication-related undergraduate majors.

Those who have taken little or no communication or social scientific research methods coursework in their undergraduate program will be asked upon acceptance to meet the following deficiency prerequisites.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated January 26, 2016
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