The goal of the Master’s program in Applied Communication is to provide you with the competencies and skills necessary to address specific communication issues and problems that are socially relevant and to suggest or implement change. This program will increase your ability to understand and predict human interaction relative to realistic, applied outcomes associated with contemporary social problems. You will master the complexities of communication problems and acquire the tools to develop and execute strategies and create programs to address such issues.
Each student may take 3 credit hours of interdisciplinary electives from outside of the Department of Communication Studies, as approved by the student’s advisor. However, this is not required.
COMM-C 500: Advanced Communication Theory
COMM-C 501: Applied Quantitative Research Methods
COMM-C 503: Applied Learning Project, or COMM-C 597: Thesis
COMM-C504: Pro-Seminar in Communication Graduate Studies
One of COMM-C 502, COMM-C 530, COMM-C 531, or COMM-C 680
The student must complete either a thesis or an applied learning project to complete the degree requirements.
The student must maintain a B+ average (3.3) or higher to graduate.
Prior to entering our master’s program, you should have (1) a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution, (2) an introduction to research methods, (3) experience in the analysis of communication phenomena, and (4) experience with writing in an academic context. Students who do not have this preparatory work may be admitted provisionally with additional coursework required prior to admission, and/or additional credit hour requirements imposed as a part of the minimum requirements for the Master of Arts degree.
The Admissions Committee will evaluate an applicant’s preparation and goals to ensure that the applicant meets the requirements of Indiana University Graduate School and that the applicant’s needs and goals are compatible with the department’s program.
The department seeks applicants who have strong analytical and writing skills, a strong liberal arts background, an interest in communication, and applicable work-related experiences.
Generally, successful applicants will have cumulative grade point averages of 3.0 or higher at the undergraduate level. The admissions committee considers all indicators of the applicant’s ability to complete the degree successfully
Applicants should submit the following: