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2018-19 Catalog 
2018-19 Catalog FINAL VERSION - Closed for Revisions

Communication: Project Option, M.A.

This graduate program is administered by the Division of Communication - Graduate Program .


27 credits of coursework, plus 3 credits for project, and one colloquium credit. This option allows you to conduct a study (approx 50 pages) of a work situation, write about and direct a production, or examine a topic of interest from a more applied perspective. After you have completed at least 15 credits, the advisory committee approves the selection of your project topic, rationale, and method to be used for conducting the project. When the advisory committee approves your project proposal, you must enroll in one or more hours of project credit to maintain your status as an MA candidate. We count no more than 3 project credits toward your 31 credit degree requirement.

Process for Completing the Thesis/Project

  1. With the chair of your committee, write a prospectus (a proposal of 20-30 pages) that outlines the thesis/ project topic and the methods you will use to conduct the study. After the remaining committee members have read your prospectus, you must orally defend it to your committee.
  2. After approval of the prospectus, conduct your study and write the thesis or project. Once you and your chair feel the written thesis/project is ready, have the remaining committee members read it and set a date to orally defend the thesis/project to the committee. You must defend your thesis/project at least 30 days prior to the commencement ceremony to be eligible to participate in the ceremony.
  3. Make any final revisions that are required by the committee. At least 10 days prior to the commencement ceremony, arrange with the library to have at least four hardbound copies made. The library then certifies that your thesis/project is complete. The graduate coordinator and registrar then conduct a final audit of your work before approving you for graduation.