Department of Communication
Master of Arts in Communication
This program's excellence is underscored by its commitment to face-to-face instructional opportunities with experienced faculty who complement their teaching through online technological advancements.
The M.A. in Communication embraces both mass communication and communication studies traditions. Disciplines that inform the master's program include digitial media production, public relations, and communication studies. The M.A. is designed to meet the needs of:
- people who hold bachelor's degrees in areas other than communication and decide to move into the field,
- professionals who deal regularly with industry-related or mediated communication, such as public relations practitioners, corporate communication executives, those employed in the television, radio, news, or film industry, who want more education in their specialized field,
- those seeking an expanded and deeper understanding of the interpersonal and intrapersonal communication experience,
- experienced professionals who seek to update their skills and communication abilities, and
- those who seek to focus on media or communication research to position themselves for advanced degrees.
Clearly, this program is not strictly professional nor is it solely academic and theoretical. The program seeks to provide a balance of theory, research, and professional growth to meet the needs of the students.
The program generally accepts 25 to 30 students per year; students are normally able to complete the program in two years. Course requirements for the mass communication emphasis are here. Course requirements for the speech communication emphasis are here.
The program does provide some graduate assistantships, both for teaching and for laboratory support. The Department houses a student newspaper, The Muleskinner, and an online community newspaper, the digitalBurg, which require editors who usually are graduate assistants.The University's Talking Mules forensics team also supports graduate assistants.
More specific information about the program is provided in The Graduate Student Handbook.
To contact the Department of Communication & Sociology office call (660) 543-4840 or to contact the Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Carol Atkinson, call (660) 543-4841 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.