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 program is available online and on campus. The program is beneficial to both resident and online students interested in pursuing a master's degree:
- To enter the workforce directly upon graduation
- As a means to advance in their professional careers
- To 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.
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 submitting an application to the Graduate School.
The following materials must be submitted to the Department of Communication (see contact information below):
- Official transcripts
- A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0
- Two letters of recommendation (preferably from faculty members familiar with you)
- A one-page statement of purpose outlining your goals and objectives for your graduate work
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.
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.
Master of Arts in Communication Degree Requirements
Note: Degree information shown on this page is based on the 2018-20 Graduate Catalog.
Communication Core (12 credit hours)
|COMM 502 Communication Research Methods||3|
|COMM 510 Mass Media and Society||3|
|COMM 513 Critical Analysis of Mass Media||3|
|COMM 545 Communication Theory||3|
Required Graduate Communication Courses (12-18 hours)
Students electing to take the non-thesis option must complete 18 hours from the list below, including COM 532 Communication Capstone Project. Students electing to take the thesis option must complete 12 hours from the list below in addition to COMM 599 Master's Thesis. Students taking the thesis option may not enroll in COM 532 Communication Capstone Project.
|COMM 509 Multimedia Journalism||3|
|COMM 511 Public Relations Cases and Concepts||3|
|COMM 517 Race, National Identity, and Media||3|
|COMM 522 Directing for Television||3|
|COMM 522L Directing for Television Lab||3|
|COMM 523 Global Media||3|
|COMM 525 Rhetoric and Popular Culture||3|
|COMM 526 Communication and Social Change||3|
|COMM 527 Integrated Communication Campaign||3|
|Communication 529 Management in Media||3|
|COMM 531 Documentary Writing and Production||3|
|COMM 532 Communication Capstone Project||3|
|COMM 546 Feature Writing||3|
|COMM 554 Relational and Interpersonal Communication Behavior||3|
|COMM 557 Strategic Communication||3|
|COMM 569 Workshop in Communication||3|
|COMM 575 Gender Communication||3|
|COMM 577 Family Communication||3|
|COMM 579 Individual Research||3|
|COMM 593 Topics in Communication||1-3|
Please submit required materials to:
Department of Communication
ENMU Station 27
1500 S Ave K
Portales, NM 88130