Communication B.A./Professional Communication M.A.

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Minimum Requirements for Accelerated Communication B.A./Professional Communication M.A.: 138-149 credits

Requirements for the Undergraduate Degree
General University Requirements
Complete the general university requirements. 1
General Education Requirements
Complete the general education requirements.35-40
B.A. Degree Requirements
Complete the B.A. degree requirements.37
As part of the B.A. requirements, complete the following:
Communicating Ethics
Complete a minor
Undergraduate Communication Program Requirements
Complete the following:
COM F181Introduction to Communication Theory3
COM F330Intercultural Communication3
COM F356Gender and Communication3
COM F482Capstone Seminar in Communication3
Complete seven of the following:21
Introduction to Science Communication: Theory & Practice
Professional Interviewing
Science Communication & the Environment
Science & Intersectionality: Race, Gender and Sexuality
Nonverbal Communication
Leadership & Team Dynamics
Communication and the Military
Family Communication
Conflict, Mediation and Communication
Professional Internship
Public Engagement in Science Communication
Public Relations Campaigns
Professional Public Speaking
Communication Activism, Advocacy and Social Movements
Applied Communication in Training and Development
Requirements for the Graduate Degree
General University Requirements
Complete the graduate general university requirements.
Master’s Degree Requirements
Complete the master's degree requirements.
As part of the master's degree requirements, complete the following:
Complete one of the following:6
Non-thesis Research/Project
Graduate Professional Communication Program Requirements
Complete the following:
COM F601Quantitative Research Methods in Communication3
COM F602Communication Research Methodologies: Human Science3
COM F622Communication in Interpersonal Relationships3
COM F625Communication Theory3
COM F631Teambuilding3
COM F645Organizational Communication3
COM F680Communication and Diversity in the Professional World3
Complete 6-9 credits from the following:6-9
Public Relations Theory and Practice
Communication in Health Contexts
Training and Development Communication
Seminar in Communication
Additional courses may be used as electives with approval of advisor. 2
Total Credits138-146

6-12 credits from the graduate program will count towards the undergraduate upper-division requirements.


Students may take F400- and F600-level courses in art, education, English, journalism, communication, marketing, business administration, and Arctic 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.

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Admission Requirements

Complete the following admission requirements:

  • Current admission into a baccalaureate degree program in communication

  • 3.0 cumulative GPA 

  • Completed 24 credits in the undergraduate major program requirements

  • Junior standing

Students within the UA system are encouraged to apply. Transfer students who have 24 credits in communication or a related discipline and meet all other UAF requirements for transfer degree completion will be considered for admission with the understanding that all remaining credits at the undergraduate and graduate level must be completed at UAF.

Undergraduates admitted to the program will be allowed to apply for Teaching Assistantships when they reach senior standing.

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Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes are measurable statements that describe knowledge or skills achieved by students upon completion of the program.

Students graduating from this program will be able to:

  • Describe the communication discipline and its central questions
  • Employ communication theories, perspectives, principles, and concepts
  • Engage in communication inquiry
  • Create messages appropriate to the audience, purpose, and context
  • Critically analyze messages
  • Demonstrate the ability to accomplish communicative goals (self-efficacy)
  • Apply ethical communication principles and practices
  • Utilize communication to embrace difference
  • Influence public discourse