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www.unomaha.edu/graduate | www.facebook.com/UNOGraduateStudies | 402-554-2341 | email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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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