Jul 23, 2018  
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog 
    
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog

Master of Arts in Communication Studies


A student may pursue the primary portion of graduate study for the M.A. in communication studies in interpersonal, organizational, and persuasive communication, rhetorical studies, journalism, or media studies.

Check departmental information for any additional requirements.

The student learning outcomes for this degree are located at http://www.niu.edu/assessment/clearinghouse/outcomes/index.shtml.

Requirements


The student must earn a minimum of 36 semester hours of graduate credit and must take at least one 600- or 700-level course in each of the following four areas: journalism, communication theory, rhetorical studies, and media studies. COMS 691, Research in Communication Studies (3), is required of all students and must be taken during the first 12 semester hours of graduate work. Up to 12 semester hours taken at the 500-level may be included in a student’s program of study.

With the adviser’s advice and consent, the student must fulfill the requirements of either the thesis or non-thesis option.

Thesis Option


A thesis must be submitted and approved. From 3 to 6 semester hours may be allotted to thesis research and writing. A maximum of 6 semester hours may be taken in a combination of COMS 697, Directed Individual Study, and COMS 699, Master’s Thesis.

Prior to the semester in which degree requirements are completed, the student must have a proposal accepted by the members of the student’s committee. During the semester in which degree requirements are completed, the student must pass an oral examination on the thesis and course work. The student must submit a copy of the thesis to the members of his or her committee at least two weeks prior to the oral examination.

Non-Thesis Option


A maximum of 3 semester hours may be earned in COMS 697, Directed Individual Study. This course should only be used for unique educational opportunities, new projects, and research endeavors not otherwise available through current course offerings.

During the semester in which degree requirements are completed, the student must pass a written examination and an oral examination, both of which will assess knowledge and ability in the area of special interest.