The M. A. degree in Communication Studies provides an opportunity for students to develop individual programs of theory, research, and application among the areas of interpersonal, organizational, educational, and public communication. The program is designed for students who seek careers as communication professionals or who intend to pursue further graduate study in the field.   Further details can be found in the graduate catalog.

If you are interested in applying for a Graduate Assistantship, complete the application and submit it to the Director of Graduate Studies (pdf version,  MS Word version).

Admission Requirements   

Applicants should follow the admissions process described in the Graduate Catalog, or at the Graduate Admissions website: http://www.marshall.edu/graduate/admissionsrequirements.asp.  Applicants must also submit GRE scores to the Graduate Admissions Office.

  1.  Applicants must score a minimum of 800 on the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE, and must score a 4 on the GRE writing sample.
  1. Applicants must have a minimum 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale for all previously completed undergraduate university work.  Students with less than a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale for all previously completed undergraduate university work  must attain a 900 score on the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE and a score of 4 on the GRE writing sample.
  1. International student applicants also must have a minimum score of 525 on the paper Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or 195 on the computer-based test.

Assistantships and Financial Support  

The Department of Communication Studies has funds available in the form of assistantships to provide financial support for graduate students. For complete information on graduate assistantships please see http://www.marshall.edu/graduate/graduate-assistantships-2/graduate-assistantship-overview/. For complete information on other financial support opportunities please see http://www.marshall.edu/graduate/.

Degree Requirements  

A Plan of Study approved by the department and the graduate dean must be filed in the Graduate College office before the student registers for the twelfth semester hour.  Students prepare a Plan of Study in conjunction with a  committee of three graduate faculty members.  At least one member of the committee must have full graduate faculty status.

The Plan of Study must include CMM 601 and 606.  A total of 36 credit hours is required for graduation. Students who write a thesis may earn six of those credit hours for the thesis.  A minor or cognate outside the department may be approved by a student’s committee.

A written comprehensive exam, prepared and evaluated by the student’s committee, is required.  A candidate who writes a thesis is also required to pass an oral examination on the thesis.