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2010-2011 Denver Campus Catalog 
    
2010-2011 Denver Campus Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Communication MA


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The master of arts in communication is a generalist degree designed to enhance students’ intellectual and professional growth through the understanding and practice of effective communication.

Degree Requirements


Students have two options for completing the MA degree in communication: the professional track and the academic track.

Professional Track


The professional track requires the completion of 36 hours of graduate course work (5000 level or above). As explained below, students have the option of taking 6 hours of 4000-level courses. In this situation, a student will take 30 hours of graduate credit and 6 hours of 4000-level (undergraduate) course work. The requirements for course work are as follows:

Required Course


Methods Courses


Most methods courses are offered every other year. The second methods course may be taken outside of the communication department with the approval of the student’s advisor.

Choose two:

Total: 9 Hours


Graduate Seminars


In addition to the above core requirements, students must take four graduate seminars from the Department of Communication. Graduate seminars are 5000- or 6000-level courses.

Total: 12 Hours

Electives


Students must complete five electives. A minimum of three of these electives must be at the 5000 or 6000 level; the remaining two may be at the 4000 level. At least three of the five electives must be communication courses; the remaining two electives may be taken from outside of the Department of Communication.

[Students whose bachelor’s degrees are not in communication are required to take one additional course (CMMU 4031). This course does not count toward the semester hours required for the degree; it is taken in addition to those 36 hours.]

Total: 15 Hours

Students must receive a grade of B or higher in all courses that are applied to the MA degree.

Track Total: 36 Hours


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Academic Track


The academic track is distinguished from the professional track in that it requires the completion of a substantial academic writing project or projects. The academic track requires the completion of 36-37 hours of graduate course work. At least 30 of these hours must be at the 5000 or 6000 level; 6 hours (two courses) may be at the 4000 level. The requirements for course work are as follows:

Methods Courses


Most methods courses are offered every other year.

Choose two:

Total: 9 Hours


Graduate Seminars


In addition to the above core requirements, students must take four graduate seminars from the communication department. Graduate seminars are 5000- or 6000-level courses. The four courses must be approved by the student’s advisor.

Total: 12 Hours

Electives


Students must complete five electives. A minimum of two of these electives must be at the 5000 or 6000 level; the remaining two may be at the 4000 level. At least two of the electives must be communication courses; the remaining two may be taken from outside of the communication department. If a thesis is presented, the thesis credits will substitute for one elective course requirement.

[Students whose bachelor’s degrees are not in communication are required to take one additional course (CMMU 4031). This course does not count toward the semester hours required for the degree; it is taken in addition to those 36-37 hours.]

Total: 12-15 Hours

(12 hours for thesis students; 15 for non-thesis)

Thesis


Students either must present a major paper for publication (no additional course credit) or complete a thesis for 4 semester hours. Credit for a thesis may substitute for one elective course requirement.

Total: 4 Hours

Students must receive a grade of B or higher in all courses that are applied to the MA degree.

Track Total: 36-37 Hours


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Options for Specialization


The communication department has developed two options for students who wish to create an area of focus or specialization within the MA degree—communication management and doctoral preparation. Students may choose to develop one of these options as they select their electives, or they may earn a general degree by selecting electives across the two areas of specialization. Either option may be pursued by students in the professional track; the doctoral preparation specialization is recommended for students in the academic track.

Communication Management


Communication management is an area of knowledge and skills concerned with the processes involved in managing communication—creating, accessing and delivering communication services within organizational contexts. The area of communication management provides opportunities for the development of communication skills and knowledge by professionals in public, corporate and not-for-profit organizations. Anyone who must manage communication resources for an organization—including account executives, multimedia professionals, human resource specialists and trainers—can advance their career through a specialty in communication management.

Doctoral Preparation


The specialty in doctoral preparation is for students who plan to pursue a PhD after completion of their MA degree. Individuals who earn a PhD typically engage in teaching and research as university professors, but the degree also may be pursued to increase marketability in the corporate world in areas such as consulting and training.

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