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Master's Degree Requirements

A minimum of 30 semester credit hours is required for the M.A. degree. At least 15 of these hours must be at the 500 level. A student who completes only the minimum of 30 hours of work may devote no more than 9 hours to work outside the Department of Communication Studies. The individual student selects or is assigned a faculty advisor no later than the beginning of the second semester. The faculty adviser and the student will plan the program of study.

The requirements for the master's degree may be met by either of the following plans chosen by the student in consultation with the adviser.

Plan 1 : Thesis

Each student must complete a minimum of 30 semester credit hours, with no more than 6 hours or fewer than 3 hours of thesis credit in CMST 599 counted toward the 30 hour minimum. In addition, the student must register for at least one semester hour of credit in CMST 599 during any academic term in which the services of any faculty member are utilized in the supervision of or consultation concerning the thesis. If the student's reliance upon faculty assistance justifies, the director may require an appropriately greater number of semester hours in CMST 599. The thesis is submitted to a committee of 3 members of the graduate faculty, at least 2 of whom must be from the Department of Communication Studies. The committee must approve the prospectus and will administer an oral examination over the thesis. Students are required to submit an electronic copy of their thesis to the Graduate School, one bound paper copy to the Department of Communication Studies, and one bound paper copy to the thesis director.

Plan 2: Research Report

Each student must complete a minimum of 30 semester credit hours, with no more than 3 hours or fewer than 1 hour of research report credit in CMST 595 counted toward the 30 hours minimum. A research report is submitted as evidence of research competence. An advisory committee, consisting of the student's adviser and one other member of the graduate faculty in the Department of Communication Studies selected by the student and the adviser, will administer an oral examination over the research report, before it is submitted to the Graduate School. One copy of the research report is submitted to the Graduate School, one copy to the Department of Communication Studies, and one copy to the adviser.

A student must have a graduate grade point average of 3.00 in order to be eligible for the master's degree.

Doctor of Philosophy Degree Requirements

A student must take 51 semester credit hours of course work beyond the master's degree, 9 of which are methodology (tool) courses. A minimum of 36 of those 51 hours must be taken within the department. In addition 24 semester credit hours of dissertation work are required for the Ph.D. degree. Course work outside the department must be germane to one of the departmental curriculum areas for purposes of examination and dissertation research. Throughout the program of study, the student must maintain a 3.00 grade point average in all work taken. If the grade point average drops below the minimum, the student is placed on academic warning for the following two semesters.

During the last half of the second semester of course work, the student's progress shall be reviewed by the advisory committee to determine continuation, change or termination of the program. The advisory committee for each student shall be responsible for assembling the necessary information (grades, recommendations, progress in curriculum areas, etc.) for consideration in reaching the above decision.

Advisory Committee

A 3 person advisory committee shall be established no later than the beginning of the second semester of graduate study to plan the program of study with each student. The chair of the committee shall act as the primary adviser and sign the graduate course request form. This advisory committee is responsible for certifying to the graduate director that the student has met all departmental requirements for admission to candidacy and has passed the Ph.D. preliminary examination.

The advisory committee and the student will plan the program of study. All students are required to take CMST 501, Introduction to Communication Studies Research and CMST 510, Rhetorical Theory. Students selecting theater as a curriculum area must take 18 hours of communication studies courses, including CMST 501 and 510.

Attendance is required at proseminars as part of professional development. Graduate students are encouraged to present their scholarly work.

Preliminary Examination

The student must pass a preliminary examination on his or her program of study. The preparation and administration of the examination are determined by the advisory committee in consultation with the student. The examination is taken at the end of course work.

Dissertation

Each student must register for at least 24 semester hours of dissertation credit in CMST 600 or THEA 600. In addition, the student must register for at least one semester hour of credit in CMST 600 or THEA 600 during any academic term in which the services of any faculty member are utilized in the supervision of or consultation concerning the dissertation. If the student's reliance upon faculty assistance justifies, she or he may be required by the dissertation adviser to register for an appropriately greater number of semester hours.

The dissertation director shall, upon consultation with the student, be responsible for setting up a dissertation committee, supervising the dissertation, and administering the final oral examination. The dissertation committee shall approve the dissertation prospectus and pass upon the completed dissertation and oral examination. Students are required to submit an electronic copy of the dissertation to the Graduate School, one bound paper copy to the Department of Communication Studies, and one bound paper copy to the dissertation director.