Master of Arts in Communication Studies


The Department of Communication Studies offers the M.A. degree in four areas of concentration: interpersonal communication and family, organizational communication, and rhetoric and public culture. The department's graduate degree programs are designed to provide an advanced understanding of the scholarly traditions in communication studies; to train students in both social-scientific and humanistic research approaches in order to create proficiency in historical/critical, quantitative, and interpretive/qualitative methods; to develop competent investigators capable of producing communication scholarship of the highest quality; and to foster the creation of teacher-scholars and practitioner-researchers who respect the discipline's pluralism and follow the highest standards of ethical conduct.

Master of Arts Degree

Students pursuing masters degrees with a major in communication studies must have completed an undergraduate major of at least 30 hours in communication studies, or have had equivalent preparation.

A student may select one of three options for the two-year Masters program:

  • Option I (Thesis)
  • Option II (Comprehensive Exam)
  • Option III (Independent Project).

There is a substantive difference between these three options, which should be chosen to meet the student's professional goals. Each option provides different opportunities and carries different requirements. Discuss these options with the Director of Graduate Studies and your advisor before making a choice. The choice of option must be approved by the student's adviser and Supervisory Committee.

Approved Specializations: Great Plains Studies; Women's and Gender Studies

We are in the process of updating our M.A. Handbook, please email the Director of Graduate Studies for detailed requirements about the program.