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Grant Cos, Ph.D.
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Priority deadline - COMPLETE applications that are received by this date are given priority consideration for admission and financial aid (if applicable). Applications received after the priority deadline will be considered on a space-available basis.
Rolling - There is no specific deadline for applications; applications will be accepted and reviewed throughout the year until the program reaches capacity.
Communication and the technologies for message creation and dissemination are at the center of dramatic economic, social, and cultural changes occurring as a result of technological development and global connectedness. The master of science degree in communication and media technologies is an advanced interdisciplinary program combining liberal arts courses in communication with course work in an applied or professional program. Students will become adept at the analysis of communication problems, the development of solutions, and the creation of messages as a result of their combined training in the social sciences, humanities, and applied technologies.
Communication courses rooted in the humanities and social sciences provide students with the opportunity to gain a broad, historical understanding of issues in communication, including the ethical, legal, and social dimensions. Additional courses give students advanced guidance in the creation of written and visual message content. Courses in applied technologies or professional programs provide opportunities for implementation and application. The required thesis combines knowledge, practice, original research, and application under the guidance of a graduate advisement committee.
Students are prepared to pursue careers as communication experts in commerce, industry, education, entertainment, and government, as well as for graduate work toward a doctoral degree.
The degree requires the completion of 36 credit hours of graduate course work. The program consists of five required courses, three communication electives, three applied professional or technical courses, and either a thesis, project, or a comprehensive exam.
Full-time students create a graduate advisement committee by the end of their first semester of study. The committee is comprised of at least one faculty member from the department of communication and one faculty member from outside the department. The outside member should have a terminal degree. The committee advises and guides the student's elective course selection and course sequencing. With the guidance and approval of the graduate advising committee, students design and conduct a thesis or project appropriate to their course of study and their career goals.
A thesis or project is an option for all students in the program. The topic should complement the student's academic graduate interests and scholarly training. Topic selection and methods for implementing the thesis/project occur in consultation with the student's graduate advisement committee.
Comprehensive examinations may be taken in lieu of a thesis or project. Students are eligible to take these examinations after all course work has been completed. The graduate committee chooses the exam committee members from two areas: theory and methods. The student selects a specialty area within the communication elective courses with the consent of the faculty member who taught the course, and that faculty member will administer and grade the exam question(s). Specialization areas include the following: electronic, visual, international, strategic, and education. Exams take place at two times: intersession and in June. If students fail any portion of the exam, they receive one opportunity for a rewrite.
|Course||Sem. Cr. Hrs.|
|COMM-700||Survey of Media Technologies||3|
|COMM-703||Research Methods in Communication||3|
|COMM-704||Media Law and Ethics||3|
|Choose one of the following:||6|
|COMM-801||Comprehensive Exam, plus two additional courses*|
|Total Semester Credit Hours||36|
* Courses may be professional core courses, communication electives, or a combination of both.
Students select three of the following communication electives:
|Course||Sem. Cr. Hrs.|
|COMM-706||Crafting the Message||3|
|COMM-711||Persuasion in a Digital Age||3|
|COMM-725||Special Topics in Communication||3|
Students select three of the following applied professional or technical courses:
|Course||Sem. Cr. Hrs.|
|Print Media (College of Imaging Arts and Sciences)|
|PPRT-703||Cross Media Workflow I||3|
|PPRT-741||Digital Printing and Publishing||3|
|PPRT-742||Printing Industry Trends and Issues||3|
|PPRT-743||Perspectives on Contemporary Publishing||3|
|Marketing (Saunders College of Business)|
|MGMT-740||Organizational Behavior and Leadership||3|
|MGMT-741||Managing Organizational Change||3|
|MGMT-742||Introduction to Technology Management||3|
|MKTG-766||Marketing in Global Business||3|
|MKTG-767||Advertising and Marketing Communications||3|
|MKTG-772||Marketing on the Internet||3|
|MKTG-778||Commercializing and Marketing of New Products||3|
|Health Systems (College of Applied Science and Technology)|
|HLTH-700||Research Methods and Data Analysis||3|
|HLTH-710||Health Governance and Economics||3|
|HLTH-720||Health Systems Planning||3|
|HLTH-725||Marketing Within Health Care||3|
|SERQ-712||Breakthrough Thinking, Creativity, and Innovation||3|
|Public Policy (College of Liberal Arts)|
|PUBL-700||Readings in Public Policy||3|
|PUBL-610||Technological Innovation and Public Policy||3|
|PUBL-709||Public Administration and Management||3|
|PUBL-620||Information and Communication Policy||3|
To be considered for admission to the MS program in communication and media technologies, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:
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