Graduate Programs

To pursue the Master of Science in Communication Studies, a student must have a bachelor’s degree, including at least 15 hours in communication studies and nine hours in related areas.

The graduate major consists of 36 credit hours, including two basic plans.

Plan I

The non-thesis plan includes 36 hours of coursework. A student electing this option must successfully complete oral and written comprehensive examinations as specified by the graduate committee.

Plan II

The thesis plan includes 30 hours of coursework and six hours of thesis. A student electing this option must successfully complete the thesis and satisfactorily pass an oral defense of the thesis.

General Information about Plan I and II

At least 24 hours of a student’s program must be at the 60000 level. With special permission from the graduate coordinator, students may take up to six hours outside the department.

Required Courses

COMM 60173 Communication Research Methods


COMM 60183 Communication Theory


COMM 60193 Advanced Research Methods in Communication Studies



Graduate Resources

Graduate Admissions

Graduate Financial Aid

Graduate Catalog

Letter from The Communication Studies Graduate Director

Communication Studies Graduate Studies Brochure