About this course
The Department of Communication Arts offers a graduate program that leads to a Master of Arts in Communication (M.A.C.). Majors in speech communication and mass media are available, and both majors share a common core of four courses in theory and
research methods. The M.A.C. prepares students for study at the doctoral level and for advancement in their professional fields. Students studying speech communication will be educated in the advanced theory and practice of communication in such areas as
interpersonal, intercultural, and organizational communication, in addition to conflict management and advanced presentational skills. Students studying mass media will be educated in the theory of practice of media economics and management, law and ethics, and digital communication. Thesis and non-thesis options are available. Both programs seek to enhance students’ communication, critical thinking, problem-solving skills, leadership potential, as well as an appreciation for cultural diversity.
- Prospective students who do not hold a BA or BFA in Speech Communication, Communication Studies, Mass Media or other appropriate field need to be familiar with speech and media theories and their pragmatic application. Please feel free to contact the graduate coordinator for a reading list that prospective students should be acquainted with if they are considering applying.
- Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 Scale in the last 60 hours of undergraduate studies. GPA calculation will include all attempted courses completed in last 60 hours.
- Applicants whose first language is not English (based on country of citizenship) must submit official scores on the TOEFL exam.
* International applicants whose first language is not English but who have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a U.S. institution may be exempt from the TOEFL requirement.