Requirements

Requirements for Graduation

  1. Students must complete an approved program of 47 to 50 units with an overall grade point average of 3.0.
  2. Students must receive a "B-" or higher in all required courses;
  3. A minimum of 36 of these units must be at the 500- or 600- level.
  4. No course may be counted for which a grade of "C-" or less was received.
  5. The student is responsible for fulfilling all other requirements for graduation established by the Dean of Graduate Studies.

Degree Requirements (47-50 units)

Communication Studies Track (47 units)

Note: Students must receive a grade of "B-" or higher in all required courses.

  1. COMM 600. Introduction to Graduate Study (4)
  2. COMM 601. Intercultural Communication Theories (4)
  3. COMM 602. Quantitative Research Methods in Communication Studies (4)
  4. COMM 603. Qualitative Research Methods in Communication (4)
  5. COMM 685. Thesis or Project Proposal/Comprehensive Examination Preparation (2)
  6. Electives (24-29 units)
    • The student shall, with the advice and approval of the advisory committee and the graduate coordinator, develop a program of study to fulfill the remaining unit requirements for the degree. The program should reflect some unifying theme. Graduate level courses among which the student may choose include:
    • COMM 502. Communication Law and Policy (4)
    • COMM 506. Media Sex and Violence (4)
    • COMM 511. Feminist Contributions to Communication Theories (4)
    • COMM 520. Integrated Marketing Communication (4)
    • COMM 522. Mediation Theory and Practice (4)
    • COMM 542. Issue Management and Crisis Communication (4)
    • COMM 543. Environmental Communication (4)
    • COMM 560. Health Communication (4)
    • COMM 563. Advanced Topics in Public Argumentation and Rhetoric (4)
    • COMM 564. Advanced Topics in Human Communication (4)
    • COMM 565. Advanced Topics in Mass Communication (4)
    • COMM 566. Advanced Topics in Intercultural Communication (4)
    • COMM 567. Advanced Topics in Public Relations (4)
    • COMM 580. Culture and Ethnicity in Language (4)
    • COMM 581. Contemporary Theories of Rhetoric (4)
    • COMM 593. Communication Approaches to Area Studies (4)
    • COMM 609. Digital Culture (4)
    • COMM 610. Media and Intercultural Relations (4)
    • COMM 620. Communication in Multicultural Organizations (4)
    • COMM 630. Instructional Communication (4)
    • COMM 670. Seminar in Conflict and Conflict Resolution (4)
    • COMM 671. International Communication (4)
    • COMM 672. Intercultural Peacemaking (4)
    • COMM 673. Advanced Mediation Skills (4)
    • COMM 689. Practicum for Teaching Assistants in Communication Studies (1)
    • COMM 690. Seminar in Organizational Communication (4)
    • COMM 691. Seminar in Public Relations (4)
    • COMM 692. Seminar in Interpersonal Communication (4)
    • COMM 693. Seminar in Mass Communication (4)
    • COMM 694. Seminar in Intercultural Communication (4)
    • COMM 695. Graduate Independent Study (2-5)
    • COMM 696. Practicum in Intercultural Living (2-5)
    • COMM 697. Internship in Communication (2-5)
    • Students cannot apply any course previously applied to another degree or track. Students may, with the approval of the advisory committee and the graduate coordinator, substitute up to eight units of course work from a related discipline or disciplines.
  7. Culminating Experience (0-5 units)
    • Students will choose one of the following culminating experiences to complete their program.
    • COMM 686. Graduate Project (5)
    • COMM 699. Thesis (5)
    • COMM 999. Comprehensive Examination (0)

Comprehensive Examination

Students may, with the approval of their advisory committee and graduate coordinator, fulfill the capstone requirement through a comprehensive examination. The examination tests the student's mastery of perspectives and competencies in the core curriculum as well as those associated with the individual student's program of study. The examination will be developed and evaluated by the student's advisory committee, administered during the student's final quarter in residence, and carry no academic credit.

Thesis

Students may, with the approval of their advisory committee and the graduate coordinator, fulfill the capstone requirement through developing and executing an original research project designed to extend or apply our understanding of communication in important and unique ways. The prospectus must be approved by the advisory committee, and filed with the Graduate Coordinator. The student will make a public defense of the thesis during the last quarter of residence. The completed thesis must be approved by the advisory committee and the Dean of the Graduate School. Students choosing this option must register for five units of COMM 699.

Project

Students may, with the approval of their advisory committee and the graduate coordinator, fulfill the capstone requirement through developing and executing a project with a significant written component to be completed in conjunction with an internship. The project shall be developed between the student and the advisor. The prospectus must be approved by the advisory committee, and filed with the Graduate Coordinator. The written component of the project must follow specified guidelines, be approved by the advisory committee, and will be presented publicly during the student's last quarter in residence. The completed project must be approved by the advisory committee and the Dean of Graduate Studies. Students choosing this option must register for five units of COMM 686.

Integrated Marketing Communication Track (50 units)

Prerequisites (20 units)

  1. COMM 306. Communication Theory (4)
  2. COMM 341. Public Relations Theory and Principles (4)
  3. Four units chosen from:
    • COMM 400. Communication Research Methodologies (4)
    • MKTG 416. Marketing Research (4)
  4. MKTG 305. Marketing Principles (4)
  5. MKTG 410. Consumer Behavior (4)

Degree Requirements (50 units)

Note: Students must receive a grade of "B-" or higher in all required courses.

  1. COMM 601. Intercultural Communication Theories (4)
  2. COMM 605. Introduction to Graduate Studies in Integrated Marketing Communication (4)
  3. COMM 691. Seminar in Public Relations (4)
  4. Four units chosen from:
    • COMM 602. Quantitative Research Methods in Communication Studies (4)
    • COMM 603. Qualitative Research Methods in Communication (4)
  5. MKTG 605. Marketing Management (4)
  6. MKTG 610. Consumer and Organizational Buying Behavior (4)
  7. MKTG 620. Advertising Management (4)
  8. COMM 685. Thesis or Project Proposal/Comprehensive Examination Preparation (2)
  9. Electives (15-20 units)
    • No more than eight elective units can be applied from courses taught outside of Communication Studies.
    • COMM 405. Mass Media Effects (4)
    • COMM 415. Advertising as Social Communication (4)
    • COMM 442. Public Relations Campaigns (4)
    • COMM 450. Audience Research and Analysis (4)
    • COMM 520. Integrated Marketing Communication (4)
    • COMM 522. Mediation Theory and Practice (4)
    • COMM 542. Issue Management and Crisis Communication (4)
    • COMM 543. Environmental Communication (4)
    • COMM 560. Health Communication (4)
    • COMM 567. Advanced Topics in Public Relations (4)
    • COMM 602. Quantitative Research Methods in Communication Studies (4)
    • COMM 603. Qualitative Research Methods in Communication (4)
    • COMM 609. Digital Culture (4)
    • COMM 620. Communication in Multicultural Organizations (4)
    • COMM 673. Advanced Mediation Skills (4)
    • COMM 690. Seminar in Organizational Communication (4)
    • COMM 695. Graduate Independent Study (2-5)
    • COMM 697. Internship in Communication (2-5)
    • IST 609. Information Systems and Technology Management (4)
    • MKTG 446. Advertising Campaign (4)
    • MKTG 520. Integrated Marketing Communication (4)
    • MKTG 525. Sports and Entertainment Marketing (4)
    • MKTG 530. Strategic Entrepreneurship (4)
    • MKTG 540. E-Marketing (4)
    • MKTG 550. Advanced Sports Marketing Planning and Strategy (4)
    • MKTG 555. Advanced Entertainment Marketing Planning and Strategy (4)
    • MKTG 560. Services Marketing (4)
    • MKTG 590. Seminar in Marketing (4)
    • MKTG 640. Advanced Marketing Research (4)
    • MKTG 670. Global Marketing Strategies (4)
    • MKTG 690. Advanced Topics in Marketing (4)
    • MKTG 696. Marketing Strategy (4)
    • Students cannot apply any course previously applied to another degree or track.
  10. Culminating Experience: (0-5 units)
    • Students will choose one of the following culminating experiences to complete their program with the advice of their advisory committee and the graduate coordinator. See category 7 in the Communication Studies Track for an explanation of these options.
    • COMM 686. Graduate Project (5)
    • COMM 699. Thesis (5)
    • COMM 999. Comprehensive Examination (0)

Graduate Assistantships

A limited number of graduate assistantships are available, on a competitive basis, for students who wish to pursue the degree full-time. Interested applicants should contact the graduate coordinator in the Department of Communication Studies for further information.

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