Department of Communication Requirements

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Area A. Core Courses (6)

Area B. Recommended Courses (3)

One of the following courses: COM 51800, 55800, 55900, 57400, 59000, 63200

Any two of the following courses:

Area C. Elective Courses (1)

Any of the following variable topic courses, presuming instructor consent is obtained: COM 61000, 63200S, 67400, or 67600.

Courses from at least three different graduate programs should be taken between Areas B and C. Other courses, often under variable numbers and offered on a one-time or occasional basis, may be of interest. Students are encouraged to bring those courses to the attention of those advisors, who may recommend these to other students and approve the substitution of these courses for some courses listed above.

Under the thesis option, the master’s thesis must be completed and defended in an oral examination administered by the Advisory Committee. Under the examination option, a 3-hour written examination is administered by the student’s Advisory Committee. This option is rarely employed and only in unusual circumstances.

* unless taken under Area A
When content is appropriate.

** Note that COM 59000F and 59000G as well as COM 60000 and 60100 are restricted to only COM Ph.D. students.

€ not offered in recent years due to staff shortages.

§ Note: May take one or the other of the following but not both:

The 3 courses required for the Certificate Program in Strategic Communications (COM60111, COM60211, COM60311) (all distance learning) together will meet the requirements for COM60000 and COM60100.

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Requirement

All graduate students are required to complete the CITI RCR training module within 120 days of starting a graduate program and every five (5) years thereafter. More Information

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