Nov 13, 2019  
2015-2016 Graduate Catalog 

Master of Arts in Communication (COMM)

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Revised Program, effective Fall 2015

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.

Department Information:

Communication, Media & Theatre Arts - College of Arts and Sciences

Kathleen Stacey, Ph.D.
Department Head

124 Quirk
(734) 487-3131

Department Website


Advisor Information:

Donald Ritzenhein, Ph.D.

124 Quirk
(734) 487-3131

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).
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Program Requirements: 30 hours

The M.A. in Communication requires students to complete the following:

  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.

The required 30 hours are to be distributed among required courses, elective courses and cognate courses as follows:

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

  • CTAC 692 - Degree Requirement 3 hrs
  • Project Option: 3 hours

    Students who choose this option will take CTAC 692 once

  •   3 hrs
  • Exam Option: 0 hours

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

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