Jul 02, 2022  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [Working Draft] 
    
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [Working Draft]

Communication [M.A.]


For students who have completed undergraduate degrees with majors or minors in communication or speech, this program 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.

Program Admission


Application

After reviewing the admission requirements below, please select the appropriate application. Please keep in mind that some programs require applicants to submit all application materials by a posted deadline and/or admit students one time each year.

For additional information regarding the application process, please see Graduate Admissions or International Admissions.

Admission Requirements

Minimum Graduate School Requirements: A four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or an equivalent degree from a non-U.S. institution. In addition, a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale, or 3.0 in the last half of the undergraduate program, is required for full admission. Applicants who do not meet minimum admission requirements may be considered for conditional admission. See International Admissions for international applicant requirements.

Applicants must also meet the following program requirements:

  • Have a major or minor in communication or a related discipline

School Information


Communication, Media & Theatre Arts 124 Judy Sturgis Hill, 734.487.6956

Dennis O’Grady, PhD, Director

Advisor Information


Graduate Coordinators:

Jenny Kindred, PhD, 713M Pray-Harrold, 734.487.4225

Jamie Ward, PhD, 124 Judy Sturgis Hill, 734.487.0970

Degree Requirements: 30 hours


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

  1. Early in their graduate work, prepare a program of study in consultation with an assigned graduate advisor;
  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 coursework.

Degree Requirement & Restricted Electives: 24 hours


 Students choose one of the following three options.

Option I - Thesis: 24 hours


A candidate completes an original research under the supervision of a guidance (thesis) committee. This research must be suitable for publication, written in a form acceptable to the Graduate School and defended in an oral examination.

  • Required Courses: 6 hours

  • 3 hrs Taken twice
  •  

    Restricted Elective Courses: 18 hours

    In consultation with the graduate advisor, select 18 credit hours of COMM courses from the list below.

Option II - Project: 24 hours


  • Required Course: 3 hours

  • 3 hrs
  •  

    Restricted Elective Courses: 21 hours

    In consultation with the graduate advisor, select 21 credit hours of COMM courses from the list below.

Option III - Exam: 24 hours


Students may also elect to take a program exam.

In addition to taking the exam, students will select 24 credit hours of COMM courses from the list below in consultation with the graduate advisor.

Available Restricted Elective Courses


Critical Graduation Information


Each graduate student is responsible for fulfilling the requirements or their equivalents of the Eastern Michigan University catalog in force at the time of their initial registration or a subsequent catalog, including the one in effect at the time of their graduation.

Master’s degree requirements must be completed within six (6) years of first enrollment in the master’s degree program.

In the event a student does not complete the master’s degree requirements within six years of the date of their original registration, the student may be required to have their credits re-evaluated by the academic department(s) of their degree in keeping with catalog requirements in force during the year of their graduation.

The following are minimum requirements for all master’s degrees awarded by Eastern Michigan University. Some programs require more than the minimum in one or more areas below.

  • A master’s degree must require a minimum of 30 credit hours.
  • No more than six credits of independent study courses, and no more than 12 credit hours of special topics and independent study courses combined, may be applied to a graduate degree.  
  • Residency Requirement:
    • For students admitted to master’s degree programs of 36 or fewer required hours, at least 24 new graduate hours beginning the semester of acceptance and enrollment into the degree program must be earned at EMU. The remaining program requirement hours may be met through transfer or prior degree credit (EMU or elsewhere). 
    • For students admitted to master’s degree programs of 37 or more required hours, at least 30 new graduate hours beginning the semester of acceptance and enrollment into the degree program must be earned at EMU. Minimum degree hours must still be met for graduation. The remaining program requirement hours may be met through transfer or prior degree credit (EMU or elsewhere).
    • Residency and enrollment in multiple programs: Students enrolled in multiple master’s/specialist degree programs must have 24 unique credit hours in each degree program.
  • Only credits from one completed graduate certificate may be applied to a master’s or specialist degree in a relevant field of study, as determined by the Graduate School and with the approval of the degree-granting academic department, and be included in the residency hours above.
  • Students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA in all graduate-level courses taken at EMU and in their program of study to remain in good academic standing and be eligible for graduation. Students do not need to be registered for classes during the semester of graduation.
  • The Graduate School does not permit the use of undergraduate courses (499 and below) to meet degree requirements on graduate programs of study.
  • Some master’s programs require a thesis; others require a special project or internship; others require students to pass a final exam. See the Graduate School website for Thesis and Dissertation Manuals, all forms, and information about research and human subject approval. Every completed thesis or dissertation must be submitted to Digital Commons. Any form of graduate student work submitted to Digital Commons must first be approved by a faculty advisor and the Graduate School.