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Communication Studies - M.A.

COLLEGE:    College of Communication and Information

DEPARTMENT:    School of Communication Studies
135 Taylor Hall
Tel: 330-672-2659
E-mail: comm@kent.edu
Web: www.kent.edu/comm

DESCRIPTION:   

The School of Communication Studies offers programs of graduate study leading to the Master of Arts degree. The M.A. degree program is intended to provide a broad spectrum of knowledge about human communication in various social contexts and ways in which information is produced and processed.

With this solid training in theory, research and teaching, many graduates go on to pursue a doctorate degree at prestigious universities, teach at the secondary, community college or small-college level, work in areas such as marketing, fundraising, event planning, non-profit organizations, sales, media stations, campaign teams and community relations. The Master of Arts in communication studies program also prepares individuals for non-academic careers in which a broad understanding of communication theory and research is desirable.

The M.A. program focuses on the social and behavioral study of communication theory and research. Students may specialize in one or a combination of two of these areas of study:

  • Health Communication
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Mediated/Mass Communication

Students are able to choose one of four degree completion options that best fits their career needs:

  • Thesis
  • Coursework only
  • Project
  • Internship

Review of assistantship applications begins January 15th for fall semester and November 15th for spring semester. For more information, visit the school's Web site at www.kent.edu/comm.

For additional studies beyond the M.A. degree, refer to the CCI Ph.D.  program description.

ADMISSION
REQUIREMENTS:
Official transcript(s), three letters of recommendation, GRE, TOEFL  for international students, goal statement and sample of scholarly writing. 

GRADUATION
REQUIREMENTS:
The M.A. degree in Communication Studies requires a minimum of 32 semester hours of graduate credit. Core courses include COMM 65000, 65020, 65652 and 65794 for those holding graduate assistantships. In consultation with their advisor and the Graduate Studies Committee, students develop an approved program of study once they have completed 8 credits in the master’s program.

THESIS/
DISSERTATION: 
    Students are able to choose one of four degree completion options that best fits their career needs:
  • Thesis
  • Coursework only
  • Project
  • Internship
PROGRAM FEE:    None   
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