Master of Science in Communication Studies
The Communication Studies master’s program provides professional growth opportunities in the dynamic areas of strategic public relations and digital media. The Department of Communication/Journalism is dedicated to educating its graduate students in the key areas of mass communication writing and web publishing, communications research and analysis, and theory and ethics. The program allows students to strengthen an existing communications career, to prepare for advanced communications studies, or to begin a new journey into the evolving world of today’s communication industries.
The Master of Science in Communication Studies degree is a 30-credit program delivered in flexible course of study to accommodate the varied academic backgrounds and career objectives of students. Students select courses in public relations, electronic media, print media, digital media, and interdisciplinary areas to enhance professional and personal growth opportunities.
The graduate program in communication studies is directed to:
• The media professional who seeks to update skills in digital media and internet publishing for career advancement.
• The baccalaureate degree holder in communication who wishes to refine and build upon previous academic preparation.
• The baccalaureate degree holder in another discipline who wishes to prepare for a career in media, public relations, or a closely related field.
Applicants must meet all requirements of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university with at least a 2.75 cumulative grade point average (GPA). An above average score on the GRE or Miller Analogies Test or significant communications work experience may be considered if the GPA is lower than 2.75.
In addition you must include with your application:
1. A professional resumé;
2. Three professional references;
3. A 400- to 500-word essay demonstrating your writing skills and explaining what you expect to gain by completing this degree.
An applicant whose bachelor’s degree is not in a communication-related field may have a number of undergraduate courses to take in addition to the master’s degree requirements.