Professional Communication M.A.

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Minimum Requirements for Professional Communication M.A. Degree: 33 credits

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:
COM F699Thesis6
or COM F698 Non-thesis Research/Project
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 two of the following: 16
Public Relations Theory and Practice
Communication in Health Contexts
Training and Development Communication
Seminar in Communication
Total Credits33

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. Students will also be able to apply up to 6 credits of appropriate graduate-level coursework from other universities in the elective area if approved by the student’s committee.

Note: A maximum of 6 credits of approved F400-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.

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Admission Requirements

Complete the following admission requirements:

  • Submit an academic writing sample.

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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