School of Communication & Journalism

Program Overview

 

The MA in Communication Studies starts with a foundation of theory and research that enables students to build a curriculum that meets their interests and goals. Once their coursework is complete, students work with their committees to either write a thesis or complete an internship and take a comprehensive exam.

 

First, all students are required to complete three foundational courses (9 hours). These courses are offered regularly in the fall and spring:

  • COMM 7000 Communication Theory
  • COMM 7010 Qualitative Research Methods
  • COMM 7020 Quantitative Research Methods.

 

After completing the three foundational courses students are required to take qualifying exams over the material covered in those three required courses. You can read more about qualifying exams in the Graduate Student Handbook.

 

Second, beyond completing the required foundational courses, students are required to take six courses of electives (18 hours). You are able to choose from a variety of courses in communication, public relations, media studies, and journalism. You can read more about our course offerings here.

 

Third, in your third semester you will work with a committee to decide which plan of study best fits your academic and professional interests and goals. There are two plans of study available for the Master of Arts degree:

  • Students may write a thesis (4 hours). You can find more about writing a thesis in the Graduate Student Handbook.
  • Students may complete an internship and take comprehensive exams (3 hours). You can find more about internships here and read more about comprehensive exams in the Graduate Student Handbook.

Graduate Degree Quick Reference Guide

Below is a suggested plan for completing the degree in two years for the thesis and comprehensive exam options.

  • Both tracks have the same requisites for the first year.
  • Students must pass the required courses are COMM 7000, 7010, 7020; these are offered each year on a rotating schedule.
  • Students must also pass qualifying exams on those three courses.
  • Qualifying exams are scheduled for the first Monday after finals.
  • After the first-year, students must choose between a thesis or a non-thesis track.
  • Students who do not have an undergraduate degree in CMJN must take nine additional hours of electives.

 

See the Graduate Student Handbook for more info on these topics.

 

Thesis

First year

Fall- 9 hours total

Required course- 3

Elective- 3

Elective- 3

 

 

Spring- 9 hours total

Required course- 3

Required course- 3

Elective- 3

 

Qualifying Exams

Second Year

Fall- 10 hours total

Elective- 3

Elective- 3

Elective- 3

Thesis- 1

Create Committee, prepare prospectus

Spring- 4 hours total

Thesis- 4
 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-thesis

First year

Fall- 9 hours total

Required course- 3

Elective- 3

Elective- 3

 

 

Spring- 9 hours total

Required course- 3

Required course- 3

Elective- 3

 

Qualifying Exams

Second Year

Fall- 9 hours total

Elective- 3

Elective- 3

Elective- 3

 

Create Committee, secure internship

Spring- 3 hours

Internship- 3

 

Comprehensive Exams

 


 

 

For more information

Debra Worthington

Debra Worthington
Graduate Program Officer
219 Tichenor Hall
Auburn University, AL 36849
(334) 844-2756
worthdl@auburn.edu

Last Updated: November 01, 2019