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Graduate Requirements

The Master of Arts in Communication (MCOM) program requires completion of a minimum of 33 credit hours of study, of which no more than 12 may be transfer credit (including graduate courses taken at the College of Charleston). An approved plan of study for each student must be on file with the Graduate School after the completion of the first semester of study. All graduate students must earn a satisfactory rating on a comprehensive examination after completing 24 graduate hours in the program. 

Students may choose between a thesis option or a non-thesis option for completing the program. The thesis option requires completion of a traditional research project, with students registering for three credit hours of Master's Thesis during the two final consecutive semesters of study (COMM 701-702). For any thesis project extending into additional semesters, including the summer, students are required to register for additional Master's Thesis hours. Master's Thesis hours do not satisfy elective credit hours.

The non-thesis option requires completion of an approved three-credit-hour graduate Internship (COMM 795), with a provision for waiving the internship requirement if a student demonstrates appropriate professional experience in a communication career. Those receiving an internship waiver must still complete a minimum of 33 graduate credit hours to earn the Master of Arts in Communication. A student must work directly with his or her adviser before and during the internship experience. 

Students in the MCOM program are required to complete 15 hours of the following required courses:

COMM 500 Introduction to Graduate Studies in Communication
COMM 510 Communication Theory
Option One (Choose One):
COMM 501 Quantitative Research Methods
COMM 502 Qualitative Research Methods
Option Two (Choose One):
COMM 680 Seminar in Rhetoric
COMM 681 Classical Rhetorical Theory
COMM 682 Modern and Contemporary Rhetorical Theory
Option Three (Choose One):
COMM 701-702 Master's Thesis *
COMM 795 Internship *

Enrollments in COMM 690, COMM 698, COMM 699 and COMM 795 may account for no more than six credit hours in the student's degree program.

Elective Courses

Students in the MCOM program must complete 18 hours of elective courses from the following list:

COMM 507 Issues in Communication Management
COMM 514 Social Media
COMM 520 Communication Campaigns
COMM 522 International and Intercultural Communication
COMM 525 Executive Communication
COMM 530 Race, Class, Gender and Media
COMM 540 Uses and Effects of Media
COMM 561 Identity and Impression Management
COMM 569 Leadership Communication
COMM 580 Seminar in Communication
COMM 584 Ethics In Communication
COMM 680 Seminar in Rhetoric
COMM 681 Classical Rhetorical Theory
COMM 682 Modern and Contemporary Rhetorical Theory
COMM 690 Communication Pedagogy *
COMM 698 Tutorial *
COMM 699 Independent Study *

Cognate Elective Option:

Students may choose one cognate course to complement their program of study.

PUBA 640 Leadership and Decision Making
PUBA 656 Fundraising and Marketing for Nonprofits
PUBA 650 Human Resource Management for Nonprofit Organizations
ENGL 558 Technical and Professional Writing
ENGL 559 History and Theory of Rhetoric
ENGL 560 Film Studies
ENGL 562 Workshop in Advanced Writing

*Enrollments in COMM 690, COMM 698, COMM 699, COMM 701, COMM 702 and COMM 795 may account for no more than six credit hours in the student's degree program.

All options for degree completion requirements are constrained by elapsed time and GPA requirements for graduation and any other graduation requirements specified by the Graduate School of the College of Charleston.

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