Master of Arts in Communication

Admission Requirements

The Communication Graduate Faculty will recommend admission based on the following applications materials.

Master of Arts in Communication:

  1. A letter of application, including a statement of purpose answering the question of why one would be interested in advanced study of communication. This letter should also include an indication of a faculty member with whom applicant might work.
  2. Acceptable performance on Graduate Record Examination General Test.
  3. Completion of the equivalent of 20 undergraduate credits in speech communication and/or mass communication, journalism or related field, including at least 12 upper division credits.
  4. Provide a transcript with a minimum 3.0 undergraduate Grade Point Average.
  5. Three letters of recommendation.
  6. To be considered for a teaching assistantship, the student must submit a statement of teaching philosophy.
  7. Satisfy the School of Graduate Studies’ English Language Proficiency requirements as published in the graduate catalog.
  8. Optional materials, including writing or work samples.

Degree Requirements

Students seeking the Master of Art degree at the University of North Dakota must satisfy all general requirements set forth by the School of Graduate Studies as well as particular requirements set forth by the Communication Program.

Required core courses for all Communication Master’s students:

COMM 501Theoretical Perpectives in Communication3
COMM 505Concepts in Quantitative Communication Research3
COMM 506Concepts in Qualitative Communication Research3

Thesis Option

Students choosing the thesis option must meet the following requirements:

  1. A minimum of 30 credits in communication are required if a minor or cognate is not chosen.
  2. The coordinator of graduate studies appoints a three-person advisory committee from the Graduate Faculty, normally drawn from the Communication Program and chaired by the student’s adviser.
  3. Candidates are administered written comprehensive examinations after the completion of 18 hours of graduate credit.
  4. Thesis topics must be approved by the student’s faculty advisory committee, with research conducted under the guidance of the student’s faculty advisory committee, then completed to the satisfaction of the faculty advisory committee with a final oral examination.

Non-Thesis Option with Professional Portfolio

Students choosing the non-thesis option whose final project is a professional portfolio must meet the following requirements:

  1. A minimum of 32 credits in communication are required if a minor or cognate is not chosen.
  2. The coordinator of graduate studies appoints a four-person advisory committee comprised of three Graduate Faculty, normally drawn from the Communication Program and chaired by the student’s adviser, plus an external professional member to the committee who serves in an advisory capacity only.
  3. Candidates will be expected to prepare a professional portfolio to be examined by their advisory committee.
  4. Portfolio content must be approved by the student’s advisory committee, completed under the guidance of the student’s advisory committee, with a review of the completed professional portfolio to the satisfaction of the advisory committee.

A Minor or Cognate Option

  1. If a minor or cognate is approved by a student’s faculty advisory committee, the student will be required to take the same amount of credits required for a major (30 credits for the thesis option or 32 credits for the non-thesis option with professional portfolio) with a minimum of 20 credits in communication and a minimum of 9 credits in a minor or cognate.

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