Requirements (47-50 units)
The M.A. in Communication Studies is designed for students who wish to advance from this degree to further graduate work and for those wishing to apply advanced communication perspectives, methodologies, and competencies in their careers. This program is unique in its distinct intercultural orientation, cultivating an understanding of national, racial, ethnic, gender and other cultural differences in a wide range of communication settings and activities. Students are encouraged to develop focused programs of study (e.g., organizational communication, media studies, communication education). Whatever focus the student may achieve, however, will be contextualized by an understanding and application of intercultural communication theory and practice.
Admission to the Program
Applicants must fulfill all the general requirements for admission to graduate studies at this university. All students must meet the Graduate Entrance Writing Requirement. The department welcomes applications from international students and advises them that the Department of Communication Studies has its own requirements regarding the TOEFL (see D. below). To be admitted to the graduate program in Communication Studies:
- The applicant must send to the Graduate Admissions Office (in addition to all other required materials):
Three letters of recommendation attesting to academic aptitude and accomplishments;
A one-page essay describing the role the applicant sees the M.A. in Communication Studies playing in accomplishing his or her life/career goals.
Note: If the applicant wishes to be considered for a Graduate Teaching Associateship, the applicant must submit
- a curriculum vitae or resume and
- a one-page statement of intent outlining qualifications along with the other application material.
- The applicant must have completed the undergraduate work specified below:
- The equivalent of 24 quarter units of communication course work;
- Applicants for the Communication Studies Track must include among their 24 units of communication coursework the following: COMM 306 or equivalent and COMM 400 or equivalent;
- Applicants for the Integrated Marketing and Communication Track must include among there 24 quarter units the following; COMM 306 and COMM 341;
- Complete ONE of the following research methods courses: COMM 400 or MKTG 416 (Note: COMM 400 may be included in the 24 units communication coursework, but MKTG 416 may not).
- The applicant must have earned an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 overall and/or 3.0 for the last 90 quarter units (60 semester units) of undergraduate work.
- International students must have received a TOEFL score of 575 (computer-based score of 233 or internet-based score of 89) or higher.
Successful applicants are admitted to the program as conditionally classified graduate students. Advancement to classified status is conditional upon the completion of all prerequisites, as well as completion (after admission) of one of the following courses with a grade of "B-":
- COMM 600 Introduction to Graduate Study 4
- COMM 605 Introduction to Graduate Studies in Integrated Marketing Communication 4
Advancement to Candidacy
- During the first quarter of enrollment, the student shall, with the consent of the faculty member chosen and the approval of the graduate coordinator, select an advisor.
- Prior to completion of 16 units, the student and advisor shall form the student's graduate advisory committee. The committee shall consist of the advisor and two faculty members, one of whom may be from a related discipline. The committee shall function to:
- approve the student's program of study;
- compose and evaluate the student's comprehensive examination (if applicable); and
- evaluate and approve the student's thesis or project (if applicable).
Requirements for Graduation
- Students must complete an approved program of 47 to 50 units with an overall grade point average of 3.0.
- Students must receive a "B-" or higher in all required courses;
- No more than 8 units at the 500 level or below may count towards the degree;
- No course may be counted for which a grade of "C-" or less was received.
- The student is responsible for fulfilling all other requirements for graduation established by the Dean of Graduate Studies.
Degree Requirements (47-50 units)
Communication Studies Track (47 units)
Note: Students must receive a grade of "B-" or higher in all required courses.
- COMM 600 Introduction to Graduate Study 4
- COMM 601 Intercultural Communication Theories 4
- COMM 602 Quantitative Research Methods in Communication Studies 4
- COMM 603 Qualitative Research Methods in Communication 4
- COMM 685 Thesis or Project Proposal/Comprehensive Examination Preparation 2
The student shall, with the advice and approval of the advisory committee and the graduate coordinator, develop a program of study to fulfill the remaining unit requirements for the degree. The program should reflect some unifying theme. Graduate level courses among which the student may choose include: 24
- COMM 502 Communication Law and Policy
- COMM 506 Media Sex and Violence
- COMM 511 Feminist Contributions to Communication Theories
- COMM 520 Integrated Marketing Communication
- COMM 522 Mediation Theory and Practice
- COMM 542 Issue Management and Crisis Communication
- COMM 543 Environmental Communication
- COMM 560 Health Communication
- COMM 564 Advanced Topics in Human and Organizational Communication
- COMM 565 Advanced Topics in Media Studies
- COMM 567 Advanced Topics in Public Relations
- COMM 580 Culture and Ethnicity in Language
- COMM 581 Contemporary Theories of Rhetoric
- COMM 593A-D Communication Approaches to Area Studies:
- COMM 609 Digital Culture
- COMM 610 Media and Intercultural Relations
- COMM 620 Communication in Multicultural Organizations
- COMM 630 Instructional Communication
- COMM 670 Seminar in Conflict and Conflict Resolution
- COMM 671 International Communication
- COMM 672 Intercultural Peacemaking
- COMM 673 Advanced Mediation Skills
- COMM 689 Practicum for Teaching Associates in Communication Studies
- COMM 690 Seminar in Organizational Communication
- COMM 691 Seminar in Public Relations
- COMM 692 Seminar in Interpersonal Communication
- COMM 693 Seminar in Media Studies
- COMM 694 Seminar in Intercultural Communication
- COMM 695B-E Graduate Independent Study
- COMM 696B-E Practicum in Intercultural Living
- COMM 697B-E Internship in Communication
Students cannot apply any course previously applied to another degree or track. Students may, with the approval of the advisory committee and the graduate coordinator, substitute up to eight units of course work from a related discipline or disciplines.
Culminating Experience: 5
Students will choose one of the following culminating experiences to complete their program.
- COMM 686 Graduate Project
- COMM 699 Thesis
- COMM 999 Comprehensive Examination (plus 5 additional elective units chosen from list above)
Total Units 47
Students may, with the approval of their advisory committee and graduate coordinator, fulfill the capstone requirement through a comprehensive examination. The examination tests the student's mastery of perspectives and competencies in the core curriculum as well as those associated with the individual student's program of study. The examination will be developed and evaluated by the student's advisory committee, administered during the student's final quarter in residence, and carry no academic credit.
Students may, with the approval of their advisory committee and the graduate coordinator, fulfill the capstone requirement through developing and executing an original research project designed to extend or apply our understanding of communication in important and unique ways. The prospectus must be approved by the advisory committee, and filed with the Graduate Coordinator. The student will make a public defense of the thesis during the last quarter of residence. The completed thesis must be approved by the advisory committee and the Dean of the Graduate School. Students choosing this option must register for five units of COMM 699.
Students may, with the approval of their advisory committee and the graduate coordinator, fulfill the capstone requirement through developing and executing a project with a significant written component. The project shall be developed between the student and the advisor. The prospectus must be approved by the advisory committee, and filed with the Graduate Coordinator. The written component of the project must follow specified guidelines, be approved by the advisory committee, and will be presented publicly during the student's last quarter in residence. The completed project must be approved by the advisory committee and the Dean of Graduate Studies. Students choosing this option must register for five units of COMM 686.
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Last updated March 14, 2016