Master's Degree in Communication

The master's program in communication has two major directions, the Thesis option (pre-Ph.D. track) and the Final Examination option (applied track). For either option the student selects one of the substantive areas in Communication as an emphasis, such as interpersonal communication, organizational communication, mediated communication, persuasion and social influence, or intercultural communication.

Both tracks in the M.A. program are designed to assist students in improving their ability to:

  • Identify the key communication variables, which affect a person's performance either in an organization where they have worked or one in which they expect to work after their program is completed.
  • Develop communication strategies for coping with specific communication problems, which exist in the student's job.
  • Identify communication variables, which influence the relationship between their organization and the larger community.
  • Demonstrate an ability to apply information from coursework to the development of communication strategies.
  • Synthesize results from research on any question.

In sum, the pre-Ph.D. track is designed to prepare students to compete for entry into a Ph.D. program in communication. The career oriented M.A. track is designed to meet the needs of a person who finds that (a) their ability to communicate, and/or (b) their ability to develop and implement appropriate communication strategies, are critical to their professional performance. Students come from middle management in diverse fields, such as secondary schools, community colleges and various change agencies.

Additional information about the Master of Arts program in Communication may be obtained from:

Marge Barkman

Academic Programs
472 Comm Arts Building
East Lansing, MI 48824-1212
Phone: (517) 355-3471
Fax: (517) 432-1192


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