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Communication Graduate Program
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Teresa Bergman, Ph.D
Graduate Director and Advisor for the Communication Department

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Degree Program

The Master's program requires the completion of 32 units of study, and provides for a thesis (Plan A) or non-thesis (Plan B) option.

Students must select a concentration of study in one of the following areas:

  1. Communication Education
  2. Political Communication
  3. Media and Public Relations
  4. Communication Studies

Only 4 units taken at the 100 level can be applied to a student's graduate program.

Each concentration also requires five graduate seminars offered by the Department of Communication.

The Master of Arts in Communication has four areas of emphasis: Communication Education, Political CommunicationMedia and Public Relationsand Communication Studies.

Master of Arts in Communication
Concentration in Communication Education

COMM 261 Critical & Qualitative Research Methods (4 units)
COMM 262 Quantitative Research Methods (4 units) 

COMM 271 Graduate Seminar: Rhetorical Thought (4 units) 
COMM 272 Graduate Seminar: Interpersonal Communication (4 units) 
COMM 276 Graduate Seminar: Communication in Learning Settings (4 units) 

One of the following courses from the School of Education: (3 units)
CURR 209 Curriculum Theory  
EADM 204 Pluralism American Education 
EADM 233 Seminar: Multicultural Education 
Or an approved course by adviser

One of the following courses: (4 units)
COMM 289 Graduate Practicum
COMM 287 Graduate Internship
COMM 273 Graduate Seminar: Mass Communication
COMM 275 Graduate Seminar: Public Relations
COMM 277 Graduate Seminar: Media Relations
COMM 278 Graduate Seminar: Political Communication
Or an approved course by advisor

Thesis Option Plan A:
COMM 297 Graduate Research (1 unit)
COMM 299 Thesis (4 units)
6-hour written comprehensive examination
1-hour oral examination

Non-Traditional Thesis Plan B:
COMM 298 Non-Traditional Thesis (4 units) 

6-hour written comprehensive examination
1-hour oral examination

Master of Arts in Communication
Concentration in Political Communication

COMM 261 Critical & Qualitative Research Methods (4 units)
COMM 262 Quantitative Research Methods (4 units)
COMM 271 Graduate Seminar: Rhetorical Thought (4 units) 
COMM 273 Graduate Seminar: Mass Communication (4 units) 
COMM 278 Graduate Seminar: Political Communication (4 units) 
POLS One approved elective from Political Science department or 
COMM 200 level course (4 units)

COMM 287 Graduate Internship (4 units)

Thesis Option Plan A:
COMM 299 Thesis (4 units)
6-hour written comprehensive examination
1-hour oral examination

Non-Traditional Thesis Plan B:
COMM 298 Non-Traditional Thesis (4 units)
6-hour written comprehensive examination
1-hour oral examination

Master of Arts in Communication
Concentration in Media and Public Relations

COMM 261 Critical & Qualitative Research Methods (4 units)
COMM 262 Quantitative Research Methods (4 units)
COMM 273 Graduate Seminar: Mass Communication (4 units)
COMM 277 Graduate Seminar: Media Relations or
COMM 278 Graduate Seminar: Political Communication (4 units)
COMM 275 Graduate Seminar: Public Relations (4 units)

One of the following courses from the Department of Sport Sciences or the School of Business (4 units)
SPTS 274 Advanced Sport Marketing and Promotions 
BUSI 109 Management and Organizational Behavior
BUSI 214 Negotiation
BUSI 279 Leadership
Or an approved course by adviserOne of the following: (4 units)
COMM 287 Graduate Internship
COMM 289 Graduate Practicum

Thesis Option Plan A:
COMM 299 Thesis (4 units)
6-hour written comprehensive examination
1-hour oral examination

Non-Traditional Thesis Plan B: 
COMM 298 Non-Traditional Thesis 
6-hour written comprehensive examination
1-hour oral examination

Master of Arts in Communication
Concentration in Communication Studies

COMM 261 Critical & Qualitative Research Methods (4 units)
COMM 262 Quantitative Research Methods (4 units)

Five of the following: (20 units)

COMM 271 Graduate Seminar: Rhetorical Thought 
COMM 272 Graduate Seminar: Interpersonal Communication 
COMM 273 Graduate Seminar: Mass Communication
COMM 275 Graduate Seminar: Public Relations
COMM 276 Graduate Seminar: Communication in Learning Settings
COMM 277 Graduate Seminar: Media Relations
COMM 278 Graduate Seminar: Political Communication
COMM 289 Graduate Practicum or
COMM 287 Internship

Thesis Option Plan A:
COMM 299 Thesis (4 units)
6-hour written comprehensive examination
1-hour oral examination

Non-Thesis Plan B:
COMM 298 Non-Traditional Thesis
6-hour written comprehensive examination
1-hour oral examination