Capstone Information

The MCOM program includes 30 total credit hours, 24 of which are through focused coursework.  All students then conclude a six-hour capstone sequence that is highly self-directed and specialized around your specific interests.  To complete this sequence, you’ll select two of the following courses to take.

COMM 690 Communication Pedagogy - Under the supervision of a graduate faculty member, the communication pedagogy course provides students interested in the teaching and/or coaching profession to develop a greater understanding of and appreciation for the teaching experience. The pedagogy course typically includes five elements: teaching observation, reflection/critique, class management, and investigation of the communication discipline. 

COMM 699 Independent Study - Individual study of an agreed-upon topic under the direction of a faculty member, following a course of reading and other requirements proposed by the student and established by negotiation with the graduate faculty member. 

COMM 701 Master’s Thesis - Credit hours for completion of a formal master's thesis under faculty direction. A successful oral defense of the thesis is required. 

COMM 795 Internship - A supervised field experience in which the student observes and participates in work related to the communication degree. The internship requires 120 or more hours of work and completion of a formal report. Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

Again, select any two of these four possible courses to complete the capstone sequence.  The most popular option to date has been a combination of 699 (independent study) and 795 (internship). 

How to enroll in these courses:

To register for one of these courses, send two items to the graduate director. If you are enrolling in summer courses, send these to the director by May 1.

  • This individual enrollment form, one for each course.
  • A separate syllabus for this course. 
    • You create this syllabus, and it is approved by the professor who is overseeing the project. 
    • When you ask MCOM professors to work with you on topic-focused courses like 690 or 699, think about two things:
      • A) Ask well in advance so that professors’ schedules don’t fill up.
      • B) Be specific about what you’re asking. 
Specify the topic you’re interested in (leadership communication, for example), the assignments you’d like to pursue, and why you’d like to work with that professor.  The program director is the default advisor for internships and serves as a backup advisor if other professors are not available to oversee independent studies.