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EIU Master of Arts in Communication Studies

Basic Requirements for the M.A. in Communication Studies

  • All students must complete a plan of study that includes a minimum of 36 semester hours (including the department core, but excluding CMN5500, which is required of graduate teaching assistants).
  • 3.0 or better grade point average in all coursework.
  • No more than 10 hours of "C" credit.
  • No more than six hours of classes 4750 to 4999.
  • No more than 12 hours of online courses
  • Students must complete 6 hours of thesis or creative thesis credit.
  • No more than 9 hours of independent study, creative project, thesis, or creative thesis included on the study plan.
  • Completion of a capstone project – either a thesis/creative thesis or comprehensive exam
  • Completion of the program within six years of the semester you start.

Required Coursework for the M.A. in Communication Studies

Students must complete the department core (6 hrs)

  • CMN 5020: Communication Theory
  • CMN 5040: Communication Research methods

Students must complete one of the three concentration areas (18 hrs)

Interpersonal Communication Processes

  • HCM 4910: Applied Health Education
  • CMN 4765: Communicating in Families
  • CMN 5150: Seminar in Interpersonal Communication
  • CMN 5155: Communication in Aging
  • CMN 5240: Communication Pedagogy
  • CMN 5510: Interpersonal communication
  • CMN 5520: Social interaction
  • CMN 5530: Intercultural communication
  • CMN 5550: Special Topics in Communication
  • CMN 5740: Small Group and Team Communication
  • HST 5700: Health Behavior: Theory and Application
  • HST 5750: Program Planning
  • HST 5770: Leadership and Ethics for Health Professionals

Strategic Communication

  • CMN 4919: Public Relations Campaigns
  • CMN 4920: Case Studies in Public Relations
  • CMN 4921: Seminar in Public Relations
  • CMN 5015: Communication Ethics
  • CMN 5170: Seminar in Organizational Communication
  • CMN 5190: Leadership Communication
  • CMN 5240: Communication Pedagogy
  • CMN 5260: Communication in Science and Technology
  • CMN 5530: Intercultural Communication
  • CMN 5550: Special Topics in Communication
  • CMN 5700: Public relations
  • CMN 5710: Organizational communication
  • CMN 5720: Seminar in public relations
  • CMN 5740: Small Group and Team Communication

Media and Critical Studies

  • CMN 4770: Television Criticism
  • CMN 4775: Documentary Film Making
  • CMN 4820: Political Communication
  • CMN 5010: Rhetorical Theory
  • CMN 5015: Communication Ethics
  • CMN 5030: Critical Inquiry
  • CMN 5180: Seminar in rhetoric
  • CMN 5160: Seminar in mass media
  • CMN 5240: Communication Pedagogy
  • CMN 5550: Special Topics in Communication
  • CMN 5610: Media Criticism
  • CMN 5650: Digital Communication

Students must complete a minimum of 6-12 hours of elective courses

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Contact Information

Angela S. Jacobs, Ph.D.
Graduate Coordinator

1741 - Coleman Hall
217-581-2020
asjacobs@eiu.edu


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