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The Department of Communication Studies has multiple choices when it comes to graduate work:

Graduate Students

Communication Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS): Focusing on rhetorical studies and interpersonal communication, this option gets students ready for entry into higher education teaching, a professional communication career, or perhaps further study in a doctoral program.

Organizational and Professional Communication Development (OPCD): Choose this option for applied and organizational communication and prepare for a career as an organizational communication consultant, trainer, or development specialist, or to pave the way for doctoral studies. 

Each track has a thesis and non-thesis option and requires completion of 36 credit hours:  

  • 12 credit hours of core requirements  
  • 15 credit hours of track-specific courses  
  • 9 credit hours of electives 

Students typically complete the program in two years (nine credit hours per semester over four semesters). Whether you are a teaching assistant or you have a full time job, our program offers convenient night classes for the busy student. 

Why get Master's Degree in Communication Studies? 

You may have spent some time in the workplace and found that you need a better understanding of communication. Perhaps you’re getting the opportunity to move into a position responsible for employee training and need some training yourself. Maybe you’re wrapping up an undergraduate degree and want to further explore theories and methods of human communication. 

In any of these cases, graduate work in communication studies may be just what you need. 

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