Masters Degree Program in Communication

M.A. Degree Program Requirements

The minimum degree requirement is 30 credits, including 24 credits taken in the Department of Communication; that is, only a maximum of 6 credits taken outside the department may count toward the total credits required. Students must take 24 of the 30 required credits in courses numbered 700 or above. Other limitations are:

  • A maximum of 6 graduate credits may be from departments other than Communication, if the student’s major professor approves those credits as substantially contributing to the student’s program in advance of enrollment.
  • A maximum of 6 graduate credits may be earned in courses numbered below 700 (i.e., those designated Undergraduate/Graduate).
  • A maximum of 6 credits may be earned in Communication 860.
  • A maximum of 3 credits may be earned in Communication 998.
  • A maximum of 3 credits may be earned in Communication 999.
  • A maximum of 9 credits may be earned from the combination of Communication 998, Communication 999 and courses outside the department.
  • If a student elects to do a thesis, 1 to 6 credits of Communication 990 may count toward the degree.

Students must complete either an MA Portfolio Project [MAPP] or a thesis.

M.A. Degree Program: Credits and Course

Required and elective courses available to MA program students are listed below.

Required Courses

General
800 Proseminar: The Discipline of Communication, 3 cr
One of the following Methods Courses
700 Quantitative Research in Communication, 3 cr
701 Critical Analysis of Communication, 3 cr
702 Qualitative Research in Communication, 3 cr
770 Measurement and Evaluation in Speech Communication, 3 cr

Elective Courses

Subject to the credit and/or course restrictions and options listed above, students may complete their program of study with a minimum of 24 credits in elective courses selected from courses in the Department of Communication listed below:

Undergraduate/Graduate [U/G] Courses (3 cr. unless otherwise noted)
550 International and Global Communication
627 Designing and Developing Communication Training Interventions
640 Contemporary Issues in Freedom of Speech
655 Communication Issues in Cultural Adjustment and Training
665 Introduction to Mediation
667 Great American Speakers and Issues
672 Speech Communication and Social Order
675 International Mediation and Peacebuilding
681 Communication in a World of AIDS
Graduate [G] Courses (3 cr. unless otherwise noted)
700 Quantitative Research in Communication
701 Critical Analysis of Communication
702 Qualitative Research in Communication
710 Managerial Communication
727 Seminar in Communication and E-Learning
735 Theories of Rhetorical Communication
762 Argumentation in Theory and Practice
770 Measurement and Evaluation in Speech Communication
772 Rhetorical Leadership and Ethics
801 Seminar in Interpersonal Communication
802 Marital and Family Communication
803 Gender and Communication
804 Seminar on Sexuality and Communication
810 Studies of Communication in Organizations
813 Seminar in Mediated Communication
815 Communication Technologies in Organizations
823 Seminar in Small Group Communication
827 Seminar in Programs of Adult Communication
835 Seminar in Contemporary Public Address
837 Instructional Communication in the College Classroom
850 Seminar in Intercultural Communication
864 Communication and Social Influence
865 Theory and Practice of Mediation
872 Rhetorics of Constituting Community and Social Controversy
873 The Digital Mirror
881 Interpersonal Health Communication
882 Rhetoric of Kenneth Burke
893 Rhetoric of/and the Internet
965 Discourses of Conflict
971 Meta-Analysis: Practice and Application
972 Methods in Communication Research: [subtitle] (3 cr.; repeatable up to 9 cr. with change of topic)
973 Topics in Rhetorical Research: [subtitle] (3 cr.; repeatable up to 9 cr. with change of topic)
981 Communication and HIV/AIDS
Variable Topics or Individualized Courses in Communication
860 Seminar: Issues in Communication (3 to 6 credits). Students may count a maximum of six credits of 860 toward the degree. Only three credits of 860 may be counted in the student’s primary concentration area.
990 Research and Thesis. (1-12 credits). Production of a thesis under the supervision of student's major professor with consultation of the degree committee. Research and thesis credits are repeatable up to 12 credits for doctoral students and 6 credits for MA students. Students must obtain the consent of their Major Professor before enrolling.
998 Internship (1 to 3 credits). Students may count only three credits of 998 toward the degree. Internship credits earned in the Department of Communication cannot, however, be applied to satisfy minimum credit distribution requirements in required or content areas. They must be considered elective courses.
999 Independent Study (1 to 3 credits). Students may count only three credits of 999 toward the degree. Independent study credits earned in the Department of Communication cannot, however, be applied to satisfy minimum credit distribution requirements in required or content areas. They must be considered elective courses.

For M.A. Program information, contact:

Sang-Yeon Kim, Ph.D.
M.A. Program Director
Coordinator of Graduate Studies
Department of Communication
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
P.O. Box 413
Milwaukee, WI 53201
Phone: 414-229-3971/4261
Fax: 414-229-3859
e-mail: macomm@uwm.edu or sangyeon@uwm.edu