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Department of Communication, Media & Leadership Studies
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Morehead, KY 40351
Phone: 606-783-2134
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Communication, Master of Arts degree

Program Info
The Masters of Arts Program in Communication provides advanced study of communication for professionals currently in the workforce, and for recent graduates of appropriate bachelor’s degree programs. Through a balance of core and specialty courses, students broaden their knowledge of the communication field while learning the theory and practice necessary to raise their communication competence to higher levels.  Core courses cover writing, research, and theory, while specialty courses explore diverse areas such as organizational, intercultural, and small group communication, advanced public speaking, popular culture and communication media, and media criticism. Students further develop their expertise by participating in communication seminars, and individualize their learning through directed research and internship courses.

Accreditations

Masters of Arts in Communication
Master of Arts in Communication - Career Options

The Masters of Arts Program in Communication provides advanced study of communication for professionals currently in the workforce, and for recent graduates of appropriate bachelor’s degree programs.   Career options that are typical for this degree include Management Training and corporate

The M.A. degree is a 30-credit hour program with non-thesis and thesis options. The non-thesis option consists of a 9-hour core and 21 hours of electives, while the thesis option combines the 9-hour core with 15 hours of electives and 6 hours of thesis.

 

Master of Arts in Communication

The Master of Arts in Communication is a "generalist" (nonspecialized) degree with two options: thesis and non-thesis.

Requirements for Admission

  1. General admission to graduate study.
  2. GRE score multiplied by undergraduate cumulative GPA must meet or exceed 781 (a minimum of 163 on the GRE verbal section).
  3. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree in communication or a closely related field. Undergraduate courses may be required in cases where the undergraduate degree is deemed too far afield.
  4. GRE and TOEFL (for students who speak English as a foreign language) must be completed prior to admission to the program. Minimum TOEFL score of 525.
  5. Application materials must be received no later than six-weeks prior to the beginning of the semester for which admission is requested. All materials must be received by March 1st to be considered for unconditional admission.

Exit Assessment

At the end of each fall and spring term, students planning to graduate that term or during the summer must sit for a written examination and oral interview. The written exam is a one-day, in-house test composed of questions provided by members of the student's graduate committee. The oral component is a follow-up to the written test, and provides students the opportunity to clarify and extend what was written, as well as a chance to discuss program strengths and weaknesses with committee members. A graduate student handbook for the Communication M.A. will be provided to each student upon admission, detailing the process for the exit examination and composition of committees.

Requirements for the Degree

  1. Satisfy general degree requirements.
  2. Must be unconditionally admitted.

 

Master of Arts in Communication - Thesis

Required Core  

Sem. Hrs.  

COMM 600 — Research Methods in Communication

3

COMM 605 — Communication Theory

3

COMM 610 — Bibliographic Research and Writing

3

COMM 699 — Thesis

6

Electives  

15  

TOTAL HOURS REQUIRED  

30  

Departmental Electives

CMAP 610, 611, 655, 687, 689, 691, 697, 698

CMEM 652, 660

CMJN 604, 660

CMSP 621, 622, 623, 627

COMM 611, 650, 662, 665, 667, 682, 683,

COMM 621 (may be taken twice in addition to core)

COMM 647 - Internship (may not be repeated)

COMM 670 - Directed Research (may not be repeated)

Student Competencies

Students must demonstrate competency in the following areas:

  1. Qualitative research methods
  2. Communication theory
  3. Graduate-level writing
  4. Bibliographic research
  5. Integration, synthesis and application of course concepts

Means of Assessing Competencies

Course grades plus the results of the comprehensive exit examination are combined to determine an assessment of the student's performance. Courses use the common letter grade scale. The exit exam is pass/fail.

Note: To receive program credit, all students must receive a grade of "A" or "B" in core courses. No credit is allowed in any other course for a grade below "C." Students who fail the exit exam are able to retake it only once at the end of the term the test is taken. Subsequent retakes must be scheduled for the end of the next semester the test is conducted.


 

 

 

 

Master of Arts in Communication - Nonthesis

Required Core  

Sem. Hrs.  

COMM 600 — Qualitative Research Methods in Comm.

3

COMM 605 — Communication Theory

3

COMM 610 — Bibliographic Research and Writing

3

Electives  

21  

Nonthesis students may take up to six-hours of elective coursework outside of the Department of Communication, Media and Leadership Studies. Such courses are to be selected with the approval of the academic advisor.

TOTAL HOURS REQUIRED  

30  


 

 

 

 

 
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