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All students pursuing the MA in communication follow the same general program structure whether completing the degree with a concentration or specialization. Students complete two program core courses, two methods courses, two theory courses, one practicum course, two specialization or concentration courses, and three elective courses (or 9 credits), of which 3 credits may be thesis.
Students must choose from one area of specialization (strategic communication/public relations, health communication, or individualized communication studies) or the Concentration in Science Communication. Specific requirements are described below. Because it is a narrow specialized area, science communication is subject to the stricter requirements of a concentration.
Students who choose to write a thesis should be aware of the policies governing theses as stated in the Academic Policies section of the catalog. If a thesis is chosen, students must follow the thesis enrollment policy of the university and, once enrolled in COMM 799, maintain continuous enrollment.
Students who wish to focus their graduate study in science communication complete the following requirements.
A maximum of 9 credit hours from outside the department can be applied to the concentration in science communication.
COMM 600 - Introduction to Graduate Studies Credits: 3
COMM 798 - Communication Studies Project Credits: 3
COMM 725 - Qualitative Methods Credits: 3
COMM 750 - Research Methods II Credits: 3
COMM 775 - Media Content Analysis Credits: 3
a graduate research methods course in science, social science or science policy for which the student is qualified and which has been approved by the program director. Students should select from 500- or 600- level courses offered by CHSS, COS, CHHS, SPGIA,or CEHD.
COMM 639 - Science Communication Credits: 3
COMM 642 - Science and the Public Credits: 3
COMM 799 - Master's Thesis Credits: 1-6
Students who do not choose to complete a thesis will take additional credits of elective courses.