School of Communication

Graduate Studies

Program Overview

Master of Arts in Communication

Purpose, Objectives, and Career Information

The master's degree program provides graduate education in communication theory and methodology for students who seek to: 1) apply communication strategies to work-related problems and 2) ultimately pursue doctoral studies in communication. The program is directed primarily toward the development of communication scholars and specialists, i.e., individuals who are able to apply communication theory and methodology to the analysis and solution of a variety of communication problems. The program emphasizes the ability to synthesize and interpret research in socially useful ways while also allowing for specialization in conducting research.

Communication techniques and problem-solving strategies are incorporated into this program to provide an effective background for individuals in careers such as corporate media or training, journalism, organizational communication consulting, promotional communication, and campaigning. Business or management personnel who need experience in communication problem solving will also find the program useful. Recent graduates of the program are employed in such diverse fields as advertising/public relations research, broadcast programming, corporate research, government, personnel/administration, and retailing. Others have continued with doctoral studies at major U.S. universities.

The key words "applied theory and methodology" emphasize that students are expected to utilize their education in the pursuit of their individual career objectives. For most students this occurs when they conduct a master's thesis or alternative project.

Areas of Study

  • Communication Technology
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Mass Communication
  • Organizational Communication

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For more information, contact the School of Communication Graduate Program Office
Music and Communication Building, Room 227
(216) 687-2116

Admission Information

Applicants for admission to the master's program in Applied Communication Theory and Methodology must:

  1. Hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.
  2. Have a cumulative undergraduate grade-point average of at least 2.75.
  3. Submit the results of either the Miller Analogies Test or the Graduate Record Examination.

Students with an undergraduate GPA of 4.0 are exempted from this requirement.

An undergraduate major in communication is not required for admission consideration. However, applicants without such a degree may be required to make up deficiencies either before being admitted or during the first semester of enrollment. No graduate credit is granted for making up deficiencies.

Applicants are screened by the Department Graduate Committee, which makes its decision based on:

  1. The undergraduate record.
  2. The career aspirations of the applicant.
  3. A statement from the applicant regarding the expected benefits to be derived from the program.
  4. Performance on the Graduate Record Examination or the Miller Analogies Test.
  5. Two or more letters of recommendation.

Students who enroll in the program should be interested in relating course work to career objectives, and to solving communication problems. Students may enter the program in fall or spring semester.