College of Liberal Arts
Department of Communication
Minimum Requirements for Degree: 30-34 credits
The communication program prepares students to handle the challenges of communicating effectively and ethically in a rapidly changing world characterized by diversity in gender, cultural background and belief.
The M.A. in professional communication provides advanced education for individuals in or pursuing communication related careers in public/nonprofit organizations, media organizations, health care organizations or in higher education. Students take courses that focus on organizational communication theory and practices.
The program is both theoretically and pragmatically oriented to prepare students for the professional workplace or for doctoral study in organizations.
Graduate ProgramM.A. Degree
- Complete the general university requirements.
- Complete the master’s degree requirements.
- Complete the following:
a. COMM 600Introduction to Professional Communication 3 credits
COMM 601Communication Research Methodologies (Social Science) 3 credits
COMM 602Communication Research Methodologies (Human Science) 3 credits
COMM 625Communication Theory 3 credits
COMM 675Training and Development Communication 3 credits
COMM 680Communication and Diversity in the Professional World 3 credits
COMM 699Thesis* 6 credits
b. Complete 2 of the following electives:**
COMM 622Interpersonal Interaction 3 credits
COMM 635Organizational Culture and Communication 3 credits
COMM 642Health Communication 3 credits
COMM 682Seminar in Communication 3 credits
c. Teaching assistants complete the following:
COMM 661Mentored Teaching in Communication*** 1-4 credits
- Minimum credits required 30-34
* Students in the journalism concentration who elect to complete a non-thesis project should take 6 credits of JRN 698 rather than COMM/JRN 699.
** Students may take 400- and 600-level courses in art, education, English, journalism, communication, marketing, business administration and northern studies as well as graduate level independent studies to fulfill 6-credits of the elective requirement, if approved by the student’s committee. Students will also be able to apply up to 6 credits of appropriate graduate level course work from other universities in the elective area if approved by the student’s committee.
*** This 1 credit course may be taken up to four times.
Note: A maximum of 6 credits of approved 400-level courses may be included in the 30-34 credit requirement.
Note: The comprehensive examination is to be taken no later than the student’s fourth semester of work.