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Master of Arts in Communication: School of Communication, College of Communication, Fine Arts &
Media

       Vision Statement
       The School of Communication offers a Master of Arts degree emphasizing a broad theoretical
       knowledge of speech and mass communication. Graduate students achieve in-depth knowledge of
       communication processes and effects and acquire the skills needed to discover new knowledge
       through research and other forms of scholarly activity. They also acquire skills and knowledge
       needed for professional growth. Graduate students conduct original research for a thesis or project.

       School of Communication graduate faculty offer an impressive blend of academic and professional
       media and corporate experience. Faculty are actively involved in the discovery of new knowledge
       through publication in top scholarly journals. The faculty seek to cultivate students’ breadth and
       depth of knowledge about communication, and to foster a spirit of free investigation.

       Program Contact Information:
       Dr. Barbara Pickering, Graduate Program Chair (GPC)
       Arts & Science Hall (ASH) 107O
       402-554-2204
       bpickering@unomaha.edu

       Program Website
       http://www.unomaha.edu/wwwcomm/gradstudents.php

              Application Deadlines:
                  Fall: March 1
                  Spring: October 1
                  Summer: N/A

              Application Requirements:
               Online Application
               One official copy of transcripts for ALL institutions previously attended
               Application Fee
               If English is not the language of nurture, official test scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or
                 PTE exam are required
                  500 on the written TOEFL
                  173 on the computer-based TOEFL
                  61 on the internet-based TOEFL
                  5.5 on the IELTS
                  44 on the PTE
               Minimum GPA of at least 3.0 in undergraduate courses related to proposed major
              Program-Specific Requirements:
               International students are also required to have a minimum score of 550 on the TOEFL
                 (213 if computer-based; 79-80 if internet-based; 53 on PTE)
               Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
                Statement of Purpose
                       The Statement of Purpose should be 500 words in length and should answer the
                         following questions:
                         o Why have you chosen the UNO School of Communication Master’s degree
                              program?
                         o What are your areas of scholarly interest and research?
                         o What are your personal or professional plans after you complete the
                              Master’s degree?
                Resume
                       Identify Major and Minor field(s) of study, overall GPA, and GPA within major
                Unconditional Admission may be granted to a student whose record includes at least the
                 following:
                       Certification of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
                       Documentation through official transcripts using a 4.0 grade point scale of
                         having earned at least:
                         o A 3.25 in communication undergraduate work, and
                         o Either a 3.0 overall undergraduate average or a 3.25 average in the last half
                              of undergraduate credit hours, and
                         o Inclusion of at least 15 undergraduate semester hours of appropriate
                              courses in communication, including sufficient advanced upper-division
                              preparation in the area of graduate specialization
                Provisional Admission may be granted for reasons of experience, maturity or other
                 circumstances to a student who does not meet the unconditional admission standards.
                 In no case may a student be admitted who does not meet UNO Graduate College
                 provisional admission standards. If granted provisional admission, the student must
                 complete the first 12 hours of course work with a grade of “B” (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or
                 better.
                Applicants who have more than six hours of undergraduate deficiencies will be advised
                 to remove them before applying for any type of admission
                Before deciding whether or not to recommend provisional admission, the School’s
                 graduate faculty may require any one or any combination of the following:
                       Completion of prescribed course(s) (not for graduate credit) with a grade of “B”
                         (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or better; and/or
                       Passing such test(s) as faculty members deem necessary in order to determine
                         whether the applicant is adequately prepared for graduate study

Master of Arts in Communication

      [MA-Communication Degree Requirements]

             MA-COMM Required Courses (12-15 hours):
             Completion of Core Classes: The Core courses provide basic, intensive and broad coverage of
             communication as a field of advanced study. The Core integrates mass and speech
             communication theories and research methodologies. If a student fails to achieve an
             average grade of “B” (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) in the overall Core, the student may retake each
             Core course with a grade below “B” once, and must obtain an average grade of “B” or higher
             to remain in the program.
              Graduate students entering the UNO School of Communication Master’s degree program
                 must:
                  Complete either the COMM 8570 Foundations in Mass Communication or COMM
                    8470 Foundations Seminar: Communication Studies in the first semester of
                    coursework
      Complete either COMM 8020 Qualitative Research Methods or COMM 8010
       Quantitative Research Methods before the third semester of coursework
      Complete all 4 Core classes within their first 18 hours of coursework as a degree
       student (This requirement may be waived for students entering the Communication
       graduate program with approved graduate credits to be used in the plan of study.)

Thesis Option Required Core Courses (12 hours):
 The 12 hours of required courses listed below must be completed with an average grade
   of “B” or better
    COMM 8010 Seminar in Communication Research: Quantitative Emphasis (3)
    COMM 8020 Seminar in Communication Research: Qualitative Emphasis (3)
    COMM 8470 Foundations Seminar: Communication Studies (3)
    COMM 8570 Foundations Seminar: Mass Communication (3)

Project Option Required Core Courses (15 hours):
 The 12 hours of required courses listed below must be completed with an average grade
   of “B” or better
    COMM 8010 Seminar in Communication Research: Quantitative Emphasis (3)
    COMM 8020 Seminar in Communication Research: Qualitative Emphasis (3)
    COMM 8470 Foundations Seminar: Communication Studies (3)
    COMM 8570 Foundations Seminar: Mass Communication (3)
    Those who select the Project Option must take an additional graduate-only seminar

MA-COMM Electives (Thesis, 12 hours; Project, 21 hours):
 No more than 9 hours (Thesis option) or 12 hours (Project option) from outside the
   school may be counted toward degree requirements in consultation with the graduate
   program chair

MA-COMM Specializations:
The School of Communication has compiled a list of graduate specializations. These
specializations, while not required, are designed to enhance the depth and breadth of
graduate student knowledge in specialized areas within the field of Communication.
Students may also create their own areas of specialization based on personal interest or in
preparation for specific careers.

Communication Law, Technology & Policy
 BRCT 8346 Media Regulation and Freedom
 BRCT 8396 Electronic Media Management
 JOUR 8926 Media Literacy
 COMM 9400 Seminar in Communication & Technology
 JOUR 8406 Mass Media Ethics
 JOUR 8416 Communication Law
 JOUR 8426 Theories of the First Amendment: Speech & Press
 SPCH 8196 Computer-Mediated Communication

Conflict Resolution
 SPCH 8156 Communication Training and Development
 SPCH 8536 Intercultural Communication
 SPCH 8806 Conflict Mediation
 SPCH 8516 Persuasion
 SPCH 8706 Interpersonal Conflict
 SPCH 8560 Communication Teamwork and Facilitation
   Possible Electives:
     PSCI 8056 Judicial Process
     PSCI 8175 Interest Groups
     SOC 8026 Collective Behavior
     SOC 8556 Social Diversity in Organizations
     SOC 8756 Social Change and Globalization

Interpersonal/Intercultural Communication
 SPCH 8146 Communication & Human Relationships
 SPCH 8516 Persuasion
 SPCH 8536 Intercultural Communication
 SPCH 8556 Nonverbal Communication
 SPCH 8606 Communication Theory
 SPCH 8706 Interpersonal Conflict
 SPCH 8806 Conflict Mediation
 SPCH 8226 Health Communication
 Possible Electives:
     COUN 8520 Counseling with Multicultural & Diverse Populations
     EDAD 8710 Interpersonal Relationships in Educational Administration

Instructional Communication & Training
 SPCH 8156 Communication Training & Development Skills
 SPCH 8166 Communication for Instructional Settings
 SPCH 8186 Communication Leadership & Power in Organizations
 SPCH 8516 Persuasion
 SPCH 8536 Intercultural Communication
 SPCH 8566 Communication Teamwork & Facilitation
 Possible Electives:
     EDAD 9650 Program Evaluation
     PSYC 9620 Industrial Training & Organizational Development
     TED 8050 New Ways of Knowing & Education

New Media
 COMM 8200 Seminar in Popular Culture, Mass Media & Visual Rhetoric
 JOUR 8236 Literacy Journalism
 JOUR 8406 Mass Media Ethics
 JOUR 8416 Communication Law
 JOUR 8926 Media Literacy
 JOUR 8506 Mass Communication & Public Opinion
 BRCT 8316 Political Broadcasting
 BRCT 8396 Electronic Media Management
 SPCH 8196 Computer Mediated Communication

Organizational Communication
 SPCH 8156 Communication Training & Development Skills
 SPCH 8176 Organizational Communication
 SPCH 8186 Communication Leadership & Power in Organizations
 SPCH 8516 Persuasion
 SPCH 8536 Intercultural Communication
 SPCH 8556 Nonverbal Communication
 SPCH 8566 Communication Teamwork & Facilitation
   SPCH 8806 Conflict Mediation
   Possible Electives:
     BSAD 8310 Human Behavior in Organizations
     BSAD 8320 Seminar in Management
     PA 8090 Organizational Theory & Behavior
     PA 8596 Topics in Non-Profit Management
     PA 8706 Marketing in Public & Non-Profit Aviation Organizations
     PSYC 8316 Psychological & Educational Training
     PSYC 9030 Seminar in Industrial/Organizational Psychology
     PSYC 9630 Leadership Theories & Research

Public Relations
 JOUR 8246 Public Relations Case Studies
 JOUR 8506 Mass Communication & Public Opinion
 BRCT 8306 Electronic Media Management
 SPCH 8516 Persuasion
 SPCH 8536 Intercultural Communication
 Possible Electives:
    BSAD 8450 Seminar in Marketing
    PA 8596 Techniques & Topics in Non-Profit Management
    PA 8710 Fundraising in Public & Non-Profit Organizations

Public & Political Communication
 BRCT 8316 Political Broadcasting
 SPCH 8110 Seminar in Modern Public Address
 SPCH 8116 Rhetorical Theory & Criticism
 JOUR 8386 Film Theory & Criticism
 JOUR 8406 Mass Media Ethics
 JOUR 8416 Communication Law
 JOUR 8426 Theories of First Amendment: Speech & Press
 JOUR 8506 Mass Communication & Public Opinion
 Possible Electives:
    PSCI 8126 Public Opinion & Political Behavior
    PSCI 8165 Political Parties
    PSCI 8176 Interest Groups

Technical Communication
 JOUR 8879 Technical Editing
 JOUR 8856 Information Design for Technical Communicators
 JOUR 8836 Technical Communication
 JOUR 8816 Digital Literacies for Technical Communication
 Possible Electives:
    JOUR 8896 Capstone Course for Technical Communication
    SPCH 8196 Computer-Mediated Communication

MA-COMM Exit Requirements:
Thesis Option
 COMM 8980 Thesis (6)
 All candidates should carefully review the Graduate College requirements for forming
   the Supervisory Committee, Thesis/Thesis Equivalent Proposal Approval Forms and
   final approval and submission of the thesis.
Project Option
 COMM 8970 Graduate Project (3)
 The project, in lieu of a thesis, is based on a proposal approved by the student’s
    committee. The student must complete a project which is defended orally before his or
    her project committee.

Total:
    Thesis Option: 30 hours
    Project Option: 36 hours

Other Program-Related Information:
Comprehensive Examinations
The exam will usually be taken following the completion of all course work. A student may,
with the approval of his/her thesis or project committee advisor and GPC, take the
comprehensive exam during the final semester after the core courses and area of
specialization courses are successfully completed.

The comprehensive exam will be based upon the following three areas:
1. Communication Theory
2. Communication Research
3. Specialized study in communication

When the student is ready to begin the comprehensive exam process, the individual will
prepare a curriculum vita, a master list of all courses taken in his/her program of study.
This list should include titles of all papers written, projects conducted, key texts read, plus
other relevant information that will provide graduate faculty members with an overall view
of the student’s graduate training.

Once the student has contacted and received confirmation from the three graduate faculty
members who will write the comprehensive examination questions, the student should
contact the Department secretary (402-554-2600) about possible dates to take the
comprehensive exam. The student must file a Graduate Student Comprehensive Examination
Form with the Department secretary and provide copies to the faculty who have agreed to
write questions.

The exams must be taken on two consecutive days. Two hours per exam will be allotted,
and exams may not begin after 2:30 p.m. More information about the comprehensive
examination process can be found in the School of Communication graduate handbook.

				
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