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    Eastern Michigan University
  Dec 12, 2017

Master of Arts in Communication (COMM)

This program, for students who have completed undergraduate degrees with majors or minors in communication or speech, prepares them for careers demanding sophisticated knowledge of human communication or for doctoral graduate work. Interpersonal, small-group, organizational, intercultural and speech communication are stressed. Students are encouraged to take six hours of cognate courses as part of the required program.

Admission Requirements
Applicants must:

  1. Meet the admission requirements for the Graduate School and be accepted into the program by the department;

  2. Have at least a minor or the equivalent in communication or speech;

  3. Have a minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 2.7 (exceptions on recommendation of area faculty); and

  4. In the case of international students, have a minimum TOEFL score (see the Admissions web site at for minimum scores).

Program Requirements
Students must:

  1. Early in their graduate work, prepare an official program of study in consultation with an assigned graduate advisor and file it with the Office of Records and Registration;

  2. Successfully meet all conditions stipulated upon entry into the program; and

  3. Complete, with an overall GPA of at least 3.0, a minimum of 30 hours of approved course work as identified in the official program of study.

Advisor Information:

Jeannette Kindred
Associate Professor

Communication, Media & Theatre Arts
124 Quirk
(734) 487-3131

Course Requirements:

The M.A. in Communication requires the completion of 30 hours of course work distributed among required courses, elective courses and cognate courses as follows:

Non-Concentration Track: 21 Hours

Restricted Elective Courses: 15-21 hours

15-21 Hours selected from 600 level CTAC courses in consultation with the graduate advisor.

Degree Requirement: 0-6 hours

 Students will choose one of the following three options:

Thesis Option: 6 Hours

Students who choose this option will take CTAC 692  twice

Project Option: 3 Hours

Students who choose this option will take CTAC 692  once

Exam Option: 0 Hours

Students may also elect to take a program exam, this option does not require a credit bearing course.

Concentration in Interpretation/Performance Studies (INPS): 21 Hours

The concentration in Interpretation/Performance Studies requires the completion of 30 hours of course work distributed among required course, restricted elective courses and cognate courses as follows:

Restrictive Elective Courses: 12-20 Hours

12-20 Hours selected from graduate level CTAO courses in consultation with the graduate advisor

Cognate Courses: 0-6 Hours

0-6 Hours selected from other areas or departments in consultation with the graduate advisor. 

Program Total: 30 hours

Undergraduate Courses for Graduate Credit: Communication, Media and Theatre Arts

The following courses may be elected for graduate credit. A maximum of nine hours of approved 400-level course work may be permitted in the earning of any graduate degree.

If you intend to enroll in any of the following undergraduate courses for graduate credit, you must submit a request form to the Graduate School to receive permission before enrolling in the course; otherwise, you will receive undergraduate credit.

Additional 400-level undergraduate courses also are available to graduate students under special circumstances. On this matter the student should have a clear understanding with the department and the Graduate School before expecting to use such courses toward a master of arts or a master of fine arts in the Department of Communication, Media and Theatre Arts.