The Department of Communication recently revised its Master of Arts in Communication, to offer you a more practical and hands-on approach for advanced study. Our program is unique in offering you flexibility to pursue advanced study in a variety of areas, including public relations, journalism, media literacy and criticism. This is an online program; however, you have the option to take in-person electives. The program is beneficial to both resident and online students interested in pursuing a master's degree to:

  1. Enter the workforce directly upon graduation
  2. As a means to advance in their professional careers
  3. Enter a doctoral program

The program benefits working professionals who need flexibility and practical experience for career advancement. As a graduate of this program, you are prepared to pursue employment or advancement in careers in public relations, journalism, publishing, broadcast journalism, broadcast production, non-profits, media relations, management, human resources, business, education, marketing, political consulting, advertising, sales, the nonprofit sector and government. It also prepares you for entering doctoral programs in communication and other related fields.

Admission Requirements

If you are seeking a Master of Arts in Communication, you are expected to have a bachelor's degree in communication from an accredited institution, although well-qualified applicants from other disciplines are eligible for admission. All students seeking admission must apply to the communication program in addition to making formal application to the Graduate School.

The following materials must be submitted to the Department of Communication (see contact information below):

  1. Official transcripts
  2. A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  3. Two letters of recommendation (preferably from faculty members familiar with you)
  4. A one-page statement of purpose outlining your goals and objectives for your graduate work

Degree Requirements

You may select either a thesis or a non-thesis option. The thesis program consists of 24 semester hours of coursework, plus a six-hour thesis. If you select the thesis option, you must complete a thesis (topic to be approved by the graduate advisory committee) and successfully pass an oral defense of the thesis. The non-thesis program consists of 30 semester hours of course work, which includes Communication 532 Communication Capstone Project. The Master of Arts degree is sufficiently flexible to allow you to take graduate courses (up to six hours) outside the department to support your career or academic objectives, with the approval of your graduate advisory committee.

Thesis option: 24 semester hours of coursework, plus a six-hour thesis. You must complete a thesis and successfully pass an oral defense of the thesis. If you elect the thesis option, you may not enroll in Communication 532 Communication Capstone Project.

Non-thesis option: 30 semester hours of coursework. This coursework must include Communication 532 Communication Capstone Project. Thesis credits (Communication 599) may not be used to fulfill coursework requirements.

Graduate Courses

Communication Core (12 credit hours)

Course Credits

Communication 502 Communication Research Methods


Communication 513 Media Criticism


Communication 545 Communication Theory

Communication 510 Mass Media and Society 3


In addition to the core, students may select from the following list of courses offered by the department to total 24 semester hours, plus a six-hour thesis for the thesis option or to total 30 semester hours for the non-thesis option.

Course Credits
Communication 509 Multimedia Journalism 3
Communication 511 Public Relations Cases and Concepts 3
Communication 517 Race, National Identity, and Media 3
Communication 522/522L Directing for Television and Directing for Television Lab 4
Communication 523 Global Media 3

Communication 525 Rhetoric and Popular Culture


Communication 526 Communication and Social Change


Communication 527 Integrated Communication Campaign


Communication 529 Management in Media


Communication 531 Documentary Writing and Production


Communication 532 Communication Capstone Project


Communication 579 Individual Research


Communication 593 Topics in Communication

Communication 599 Master's Thesis 3

Financial Assistance

A limited number of graduate assistantships are available for qualified applicants. Graduate assistants are hired on a yearly or semester-by-semester basis, depending on departmental needs and the applicant’s qualifications. Graduate assistants are required to be in residence, as they are primarily responsible for teaching lower-division undergraduate communication courses. Students interested in applying for an assistantship should submit a Graduate Assistantship Application Form. The Communication graduate coordinator, in conjunction with the department chair, will award assistantships.

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Apply for Admission to Graduate School

All other required admission materials should be sent directly to the Graduate Coordinator of the Department of Communication:

Department of Communication
ENMU Station 27
1500 S Ave K
Portales, NM 88130

Additional Degree Information

You can find additional information about the Master of Arts in Communication degree, including the courses you will take when you're a communication major at Eastern.

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Graduate Coordinator

Patricia Dobson

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Associate Professor of Communication, Department Chair, Graduate Coordinator

Office Location: Communication Center (COM), Room 100

Phone: 575.562.2140


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