Graduate Degree - Communication - Master of Arts

Program:
Communication - Master of Arts
Program Code:
1376 Communication
Program Level:
Graduate
Award Type:
Master of Arts
Start Term:
FQ68
College:
College of Communication Arts and Sciences
Department:
Department of Communication


Excerpt from the official Academic Programs Catalog:

Listed below are the approved requirements for the program from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Students must consult their advisors to learn which specific requirements apply to their degree programs.
Requirements as represented in Degree Navigator are not available for this program.

College of Communication Arts and Sciences

Department of Communication

Graduate Study
Communication - Master of Arts

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university and of the College of Communication Arts and Sciences, students must meet the requirements specified below.

Admission

Admission is determined by the Master’s Affairs Committee from the Department of Communication. Applicants are ranked among all that apply for a given year. Selection criteria place emphasis on grade-point average and course work, Graduate Record Examination General Test scores, Test of English as a Foreign Language scores for international students, letters of recommendation, the student’s resume, and the student’s academic interests.

To be considered for admission to the Master of Arts degree in Communication, an applicant must submit:

(1)    Graduate School Application
(2)    One official copy of all transcripts.
(3)    Three letters of recommendation.
(4)    A statement of purpose outlining academic and professional goals.
(5)    Graduate Record Examination Scores (GRE) for the General Test.
(6)    Test of English as a Foreign Language Scores (TOEFL), if applicable.
(7)    A resume.

Application materials should be received by April 1. Students will be admitted only for the fall semester. For additional information please visit our Web site at: www.comm.msu.edu/programs/masters.html.

Requirements for the Master of Arts Degree in Communication

The student must complete the requirements for either the predoctoral concentration or the knowledge utilization concentration as specified below:

                     
Predoctoral (30 credits)  
Only Plan A (with thesis) is available to students in the master's degree program in communication who elect the predoctoral concentration. The student must complete at least 30 credits for the degree including:  
 1. All of the following courses (13 credits):   3
  COM 803 Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods 3
  COM 820 Communication Theory and Process 3
  COM 830 Applied Communication Research II 4
  COM 899 Master's Thesis Research  
 2. Nine to eleven additional credits in Communication courses approved by the student's academic advisor. 
 3. Six to eight credits in courses outside the Department of Communication approved by the student's academic advisor.  
Knowledge Utilization (30 credits)  
Only Plan B (without thesis) is available to students in the master's degree program in communication who elect the knowledge utilization concentration.  The student must complete at least 30 credits for the degree  including:  
 1. Both of the following courses (6 credits):    
   COM 803 Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods 3
   COM 820 Communication Theory and Process 3
 2. Nine to 17 additional credits in Communication courses approved by the student's academic advisor.  
 3. Seven to 15 credits in courses outside the Department of Communication approved by the student's academic advisor.  
 The final certifying examination is a written and oral examination that focuses on the student's course work.