Research and Theory Master's

Research and Theory

As one of the nation’s oldest and most respected communication programs, we know what it means to drive new knowledge in the face of an ever-changing, uber-connected communication landscape. It takes recognition of the big picture, rooted in theory, research, and decision-making skills. It takes a passion for expertise and specialization committed to rigor. Our Research and Theory Master’s thesis programs combine big picture awareness with specialization to create some of the most well-rounded and well-regarded academics in the nation. That’s what greatness takes.

The goal of our research Master’s is simple: to shape competitive, developed academics who aspire to greatness in communications.

Students enrolled in the Research and Theory program can choose from the following areas of focus:

  • MAMC –Customizable Research and Theory, includes:
    • Advertising
    •  Journalism
    • Media production, management, and technology
    • Mass communication law
    • International and intercultural communication
  • MAMC – Concentration in Public Relations
  • MAMC – Concentration in Science/Health Communication
  • JD/MAMC Joint Degree

Core Courses, Specializations, Minors and Supporting Fields

Courses are prescribed for some concentrations, while in others students may choose from a variety of offerings. Customizable degree plans may involve combining specialization courses from two or more concentrations.

Length of Program

Most Research and Theory students complete their master’s studies in two years. The time required depends largely on whether the student is working and therefore must carry a reduced course load and how rapidly progress is made on the thesis.

Studies may be extended for students who lack adequate background in their specialties. They must complete, beyond minimal degree requirements, articulation courses as determined by their advisers.

Qualification for Doctoral Program

Highly qualified students whose master’s requirements have been completed, or will be completed by their proposed admission date, may be considered for admission to the college’s doctoral program.