Master of Science in Communication

Two graduate options are available in Communication, the Thesis option, and the Research Report option. Students with an inadequate background in the field of communication are required to take leveling undergraduate coursework which does not apply toward the hours necessary to complete the graduate program of study.

Thesis Option

Students complete a minimum of 30 hours. All thesis candidates complete a 15-hour core as part of the program of study. Students are required to write a four-hour comprehensive examination after the completion of their coursework. Upon completion of the thesis, the students orally defend the thesis to their graduate committee.

Required Courses

  • Organizational Communication and Leadership.
  • Contemporary Theories in Communication.
  • Introduction to Graduate Research in Communication.
  • Thesis.

Research Report Option

Students complete a minimum of 32 hours of coursework. All research report candidates complete a 12-hour core as part of their program of study. A research paper is filed in the Department of Communication Studies office. Students following this plan are required to write an eight-hour comprehensive examination after the completion of their coursework.

Required Courses

  • Organizational Communication and Leadership.
  • Contemporary Theories in Communication.
  • Introduction to Graduate Research in Communication.
  • Seminar in Communication Research.

Put your Communication Skills into Action

As a communication studies student at FHSU, you get the keys to an active education, rather than spending all your time in classes. Gain hands-on experience while developing professional skills necessary for your future. Here are just some of the opportunities you have to fully experience your major:

  • Submit your personal work to local and state advertising and public relations competitions.
  • Earn college credit and gain valuable professional experience by taking part in an internship related to your field of interest.
  • Take intercultural and diversity classes to gain a deeper understanding of other groups and cultures, preparing you for a variety of work environments after college.
  • Take your class on the road, just like the Political Reporting class did in Summer 2007 when they reported from the Democratic National Convention.
  • Put classroom theory into action and benefit the campus and local community through service learning projects, such as developing the “Taste of Downtown Hays” event and the “Watershed on Wheels” program.
  • Meet peers, network with industry experts and develop your professional skills by attending state and national conferences.
  • Earn a leading role in a play or work behind the scenes in costumes, set design and other areas.
  • Gain valuable work experience, build your resume and earn a little money by working on them, which is open to all students regardless of major.

Career Opportunities for Communicators

What can you do with a Communication degree? Just about anything! While many FHSU graduates have gone on for graduate study, you can choose from a multitude of career directions that require you to be an effective communicator, listener, and speaker. Some of the possibilities include:

  • advertising.
  • teaching.
  • government service.
  • writing for newspapers, magazines or Web sites.
  • corporate communications.
  • military service.
  • theater management.
  • directing.
  • public relations.
  • human resources.

Still not sure which direction to pursue? For more information about possible careers, contact our department to speak with a faculty advisor. The world is waiting for you. Are you ready?

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated April 30, 2019
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30 - 33 hours
8,617 USD
18 credit hours, for non-residents
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