May 28, 2024  

Communication MA

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The Master of Arts program is designed for students who wish to develop advanced-level skills and an expanded knowledge base in Communication. Additionally, it also give them the option of selecting a specific concentration area in which it focus their studies and connect a specific area of interest to the broader field of Communication. For information about requirements for admission, progression through the program, and completion, please see Department’s Graduate Student Manual at and under the “Graduate” tab.

Total Credits: 33

MA Degree Requirements

Concentration area courses - 12

Courses may be selected from one or more areas of interest within Communication (no concentration declaration required). Alternatively, a student may declare one of the following concentrations:

  • Communication Management
  • Interdisciplinary Communication
  • International Communication Development
  • Media Studies

Concentration Areas

Communication Management

Interdisciplinary Communication

Course options are selected with the approval of the other department (s) and the advisor or coordinator of graduate program; however, the student must establish competency in two of the following three areas:

  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Visual communication

Media Studies

General Admission Requirements

Graduate Program admission requirements, academic information and graduation procedures are detailed in the School of Graduate Studies & Research section of this catalog.

Departmental Admission Requirements

This is a summary of the procedures that a student planning to enroll in the MA should note:

  • At the time of application for admission, students must:
    • have a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent.
    • present a resume of current experience.
    • submit a Statement of Purpose which explains how the relevant disciplines will be integrated to meet his/her career and academic goals.
  • Upon acceptance and registration, the student in conjunction with the graduate advisor will develop a Plan of Study which is based on the student’s Statement of Purpose.
  • Must have minimum GPA for entrance into Andrews University School of Graduate Studies.

  • No GRE is required if your undergraduate GPA is above 3. 0.

  • In addition to the admission requirements of the School of Graduate Studies & Research, the student applying to the Department of Visual Art, Communication & Design must meed the following requirements:
    • Language Requirements

      English Proficiency Requirements. All students whose first language is not English must demonstrate adequate proficiency in English to succeed in the academic setting.

      Language proficiency must be met before enrolling full-time in regular course work.






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All graduate students need to understand that

  • The GRE must be completed in order to register for the second semester courses.
  • Must enroll in COMM 500 - Graduate Colloquium   Credits: 3 every Fall and Spring semester.
  • A student on regular status must, in consultation with the graduate advisor, identify members to serve on a supervisory committee, prior to application to Candidacy. It determines individual requirements for completion with reference to a student’s Plan of Study.
  • A 3.00 GPA per semester must be maintained.
  • The Advancement to Candidacy deadline is the semester prior to the student applying for graduation.
  • Students are responsible for completing all the required forms.

All required forms are submitted to the coordinator of the Department Graduate Program. On approval, recommendations are made to the Records Office and to the Dean of Graduate Studies. See General Academic Policies for further details on graduation procedures and degree conferral.

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