Master of Arts in Communication Studies
The department offers a program of graduate study leading to the Master of Arts degree. All M.A. candidates must successfully fulfill the department's Program Requirements to earn a degree. To access all necessary program materials, consult the information provided on the Handbook webpage.
Students in this graduate program have a core of required courses and may choose electives, in such areas as --
- rhetorical theory and criticism
- critical cultural studies
- organizational and interpersonal communication
- political communication
A Master of Arts degree in Communication Studies can offer many career options. Communication skills -- oral, written, electronic -- are now recognized as critical aspects in all major professions in the United States. Both in education and in the work force, there is a growing need for those who not only understand how human communication functions in its various forms, but also can analyze and advise others on ways to improve human communication. Graduates typically pursue one of three career paths: teaching public speaking, working in professional communication positions, or continuing with advanced academic study, such as in doctoral or law degree programs.