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Communication MA - Communication Studies Option

 

UCM’s Master of Arts in Communication allows you to specialize in the areas of personal, community, professional, and/or media-based communication contexts. This program builds upon prior study and experience in communication (or a closely related field) preparing students for advanced work in communication professions or continued academic study in pursuit of a terminal degree.

You can take a variety of courses in leadership, group communication, communication research methods, managing conflict, verbal and nonverbal communication, message design, persuasion, and media’s impact on society.

After completing a master’s degree in Communication, you may qualify for upper-level jobs in fields such as news, social media, advertising, marketing, government, administration/promotion for K-12, public relations, sales, and human relationships, or prepare for postgraduate degrees.

The Master of Arts in Communication has two different areas that can be selected, Area 1 Applied Communication or Area 2 Communication Studies.

Area 1: Applied Communication

Student Learning Outcomes - The graduate with a Master of Arts degree in Communication, Applied Communication Area will use the knowledge and skills obtained in the program to:

  • Develop the skills to evaluate research and its applicability within professional settings.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of communication theories and their application across personal and professional settings.
  • Advance communicative skills across Media, Interpersonal, and/or Organizational contexts.

 

Area 2: Communication Studies

Student Learning Outcomes - The graduate with a Master of Arts degree in Communication, Communication Studies Area will use the knowledge and skills obtained in the program to:

  • Analyze and conduct research that contributes to the application, creation, and expansion of knowledge in the field of communication.
  • Advance communicative skills across Media, Interpersonal, and/or Organizational contexts.
  • Produce original scholarly or creative materials that demonstrate expertise within a focused area of communication.

Admission Requirements

Must have a 2.50 overall undergraduate GPA

Have at least 15 hours of undergraduate communication courses.
Complete and submit an online application to UCM’s Graduate School and International Admissions along with your official transcripts.

In addition to the general admission requirements, applicants must submit the following items to the program coordinator:

  1. A statement of purpose
  2. A writing sample
  3. Two letters of recommendation from professional or academic sources.

In additon, international students must score highter than 550 paper-based or 79 on the IBT TOEFL to be admitted.

This program is based on a cohort model and only admits students in the Fall semester.  The deadline for applying is July 15th.  Submissions after this date will not be reviewed.

If you have questions about the program, please contact the graduate coordinator (Dr. Hillary Pennell; hpennell@ucmo.edu) for more information.

Graduate Assistantships

This program offers teaching assistantships for Comm1000- Public Speaking. A full-time teaching assistantship requires students to teach 2 face-to-face Public Speaking courses per semester for up to 4 semesters. This position covers 10 hours of graduate tuition fees for both fall and spring semesters as well as a monthly stipend (approximately $800 per month Aug.-May). There are no assistantships in the summer. Please contact Dr. Nicole Freeman (nfreeman@ucmo.edu) or Dr. Hillary Pennell (hpennell@ucmo.edu) for more information.

This program also offers teaching/coaching positions for the Communication Speech and Debate Team. Please contact Dr. Jack Rogers (rogers@ucmo.edu) or Dr. Nicole Freeman (nfreeman@ucmo.edu) for more information.

To apply, please click on the link https://jobs.ucmo.edu/, click on the “search jobs” tab, and enter “communication teaching assistants” in the search bar. This will bring up any position available in the program.

Learn On-Line

You can complete your M.A. in Communication completely on-line.  You will receive instruction from the same faculty who teach in our face-to-face program.

 

Contact

Dr. Hillary Pennell
Assistant Professor
Martin 136S
Tel: (660) 543-8668

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