MA in Communication, Media & Theatre


Program Description

The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Communication, Media and Theatre provides an in-depth study of the principles and practices of communication, media, and theatre. The program is designed for students interested in advanced corporate positions, those preparing for positions in higher education or further graduate study, and teachers at the elementary or secondary level.

This graduate program is designed to provide advanced study of communication research and the principles and practices of communication, media and theatre, for teachers of communication at the secondary level, elementary school teachers, candidates for teaching positions in higher education, students interested in positions in business and industry, and as a preparation for further graduate study. All newly admitted students begin coursework in the fall semester.

Topics of Study

  • Interpersonal and intercultural communication
  • Business and professional communication
  • Public relations
  • Audio and visual production
  • Journalism
  • Media history and theory
  • Film and television studies
  • Media writing
  • Stage performance
  • Directing and writing for the stage
  • Dramaturgy
  • Stage design and technical production

Student Opportunities

  • Acquire hands-on audio/video editing experience in a state-of-the-art media lab
  • Participate in all aspects of Stage Center Theatre productions
  • Benefit from professional internships with leading organizations around Chicago

Career Options

Students who complete the graduate program can find careers as a:

  • teacher/instructor (community college levels)
  • communications consultant
  • community relations director
  • public relations practitioner
  • marketing/communications researcher
  • media critic
  • theatre manager
  • professional/academic researcher

Degree Requirements

30 credit hours are required in consultation with the graduate advisor. A maximum of six hours in cognate areas may be included in the program with the approval of the graduate faculty committee of the Department of Communication, Media and Theatre.

Required Courses: (30 credit hours)

Core courses
CMTC-401 Introduction to Graduate Study 3
CMTC-402 Seminar In Research Methods 3
CMTC-404 Communication Theory 3
CMTT-430 Dramatic Theory 3
CMTM-465 Mass Communication Theory 3
5 Electives selected from 400-level courses in Communication, Media and Theatre 15
Total Hours 30


CMTC-400 Special Topics In Communication 3
CMTC-414 Seminar In Organizational Communication 3
CMTC-416 Seminar In Interpersonal Communication 3
CMTC-418 Seminar-Research Problems in Group Communication 3
CMTC-430 Seminar In Communication Research Methods 3
CMTC-434 Independent Study In Communication 3
CMTE-490 Instructional Communication 3
CMTE-492 Teaching College Speech 3
CMTM-410 Independent Study In Media 3
CMTM-466 Media And Cultural Studies 3
CMTM-467 Special Topics In Film & Television 3
CMTM-468 Seminar In New Media 3
CMTT-423 Independent Study in Theatre 3
CMTT-431 Comparative Performing Arts 3
CMTT-446 Theatre Management 3
CMTT-473 Special Topics In Theatre 3

In addition to coursework, students must (a) take comprehensive exams, or (b) apply to write a thesis, in order to graduate. These must have the approval of the appropriate graduate committee. Students should enroll in CMTC-5901, CMTC-5902 or CMTC-5903. The course counts towards the requirement of 400-level electives. Students may enroll one time only.

Students who complete a thesis must pass an oral examination on topics included in the thesis.

Further information will be provided upon acceptance into the program. Please contact the CMT Graduate Advisor for current information about CMT Graduate Course offerings.

Last updated Oct 2018

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