Master of Science in Communication and Media Technologies
Communication and the technologies for message creation and dissemination are at the center of dramatic economic, social, and cultural changes occurring as a result of technological development and global connectedness. The master of science in communication and media technologies (CMT) is an interdisciplinary advanced program of study combining liberal arts courses in communication with coursework in an applied or professional program. CMT graduates will be adept at the analysis of communication problems, the development of solutions, and the creation of messages as a result of their combined training in the social sciences, humanities, and applied technologies.
Communication courses rooted in the humanities and social sciences provide students with the opportunity to gain a broad, historical understanding of issues in communication, including the ethical, legal, and social dimensions. Additional courses give students advanced guidance in the creation of written and visual message content. Courses in applied technologies or professional programs provide opportunities for implementation and application. The required thesis combines knowledge, practice, original research, and application under the guidance of a graduate advisement committee.
CMT graduates are prepared for careers as communication experts in such venues as commerce, industry, education, entertainment, and government, as well as for graduate work toward a doctoral degree.
Applications for admission are accepted for all four academic quarters, but most full-time students begin their program of study in the fall. Admission to the program is based on the following criteria:
- a completed graduate application,
- completion of the baccalaureate degree at an accredited college or university, accompanied by official transcripts,
- a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0,
- three letters of reference from academic advisers, major professors, and/or supervisors or managers, and
- a writing portfolio consisting of at least three writing samples, such as academic papers written for class, work-related brochures, and pamphlets, or newspaper or magazine articles.
International students are required to submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Minimum scores of 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-based), or 100 (Internet-based) are required. This requirement may be waived for students who submit undergraduate transcripts from American college and universities.
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