3200 Communication

Programs Offered:

  • Master of Arts in Communication
    • Concentration in Digital Media Strategies
    • Concentration in Human Communication
    • Concentration in Mass Communication
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Communication Studies
    • Concentration in Media and Society
    • Concentration in Public Communication
    • Concentration in Rhetoric and Politics

Department of Communication
Georgia State University
8th Floor, 25 Park Place Bldg.
Atlanta, GA 30302-4000
404-413-5600
communication.gsu.edu
Email: commgraddirector@gsu.edu

Greg Lisby, Chair
Jaye Atkinson, Associate Chair
Holley Wilkin, Director of Graduate Studies

The Master of Arts degree in Communication is a multidisciplinary degree designed to prepare communication professionals and academicians for the demands of the twenty-first century. Each student may select an area of concentration from the following: 1) Digital Media Strategies, 2) Human Communication and Social Influence, or 3) Mass Communication. Required core classes are designed to provide coherence to the multidisciplinary offerings of the program by providing an overview of the communications field and by introducing concepts common and debated in all areas of communication.

The Ph.D. in Communication Studies is mainly designed to prepare students for positions in academia, but also equips those seeking professional advancement in research-based communication industry careers. Concentrations are offered in the areas of 1) Media and Society, 2) Public Communication, and 3) Rhetoric and Politics.

Based on theoretical perspectives from rhetoric, public argument, audience research, mass communication, international communication, health communication, strategic communication, and new media, the Public Communication program is engaged in the exploration of public discourse and mass-mediated environments, with the purpose of preparing students to investigate how persuasive practices are transforming culture at home and abroad.

Applicants may obtain additional information about the Department of Communication by contacting the Director of Graduate Studies at the email address above.

Additional Admission Requirements

In addition to the general requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Communication has the following requirements:

  1. Applicants to the M.A. program must submit:
    • A statement of educational or career goals.
    • Two letters of recommendation from individuals who can evaluate the applicant’s potential to do graduate work in Communication.
    • An above-average undergraduate grade-point average (a minimally qualified applicant typically will achieve at least a 3.0).
    • A sufficiently high score on the verbal and quantitative portions of the Graduate Records Examination (GRE) prior to consideration for acceptance into the graduate degree program (and for international students, the TOEFL examination).
  2. Applicants to the Ph.D. program must submit:
    • A statement of educational or career goals.
    • Three letters of recommendation from individuals who can evaluate the applicant’s potential to do graduate work in Communication.
    • An above average undergraduate and master’s grade point average.
    • Satisfactory scores on the General Test of the GRE (and, for international students, the TOEFL Examination).
    • A writing sample that demonstrates their ability to conduct and effectively present academic research.

NOTE: All applicants for the Ph.D. in Communication must have earned a master’s degree before entering the program.

Students who have substantial records of professional experience in a communication field may also provide a one-page summary of their experience.

The Department of Communication reviews applications for spring and fall semesters for applicants to most M.A. programs. Applicants for the Ph.D. program will be admitted in the fall only. To be assured of consideration for funding, applications must be received by January 1. Deadline for application for M.A. domestic students is March 15 for fall semester and October 15 for spring semester. Deadline for applications for international students is March 15 for fall semester and October 15 for spring semester. The department will not consider requests for Special Graduate Status admission.

Program Financial Information

Effective summer 2009, lab fees will be assessed automatically for students who register for certain courses. As a result, students will no longer be required to purchase lab fee cards. For more information, please feel free to contact the department or review the GoSolar or catalog course listings to determine if a course includes a lab fee.

Degree Requirements

Master of Arts (Research Thesis option: minimum 36 hours)

  1. Six hours of core courses: COMM 6010 and COMM 6030.
  2. Eighteen to twenty-four hours of courses designated by the area of concentration.
  3. Up to six hours of coursework in related fields.
  4. Proficiency in a foreign language or approved research skill.
  5. Six hours of COMM 6990, Thesis Research.
  6. A successful prospectus defense.
  7. A research thesis.
  8. A successful research thesis defense.

Master of Arts (Creative Thesis option: minimum 36 hours)

  1. Six hours of core courses: COMM 6010 and COMM 6030.
  2. Eighteen to twenty-seven hours of courses designated by the area of concentration.
  3. Up to nine hours of coursework in related fields.
  4. Proficiency in a foreign language or approved research skill.
  5. Three hours of COMM 6990, Thesis Research
  6. A successful prospectus defense.
  7. A creative thesis project.
  8. A successful creative thesis defense.

Master of Arts (Course-Intensive option: minimum 36 hours)

  1. Six hours of core courses: COMM 6010 Issues and Perspectives in Communication and COMM 6030 Research Methods in Communication.
  2. Eighteen to twenty-seven additional hours in communication courses designated by the area of emphasis (digital media strategies, mass communication, and human communication and social influence).
  3. Optional 0–6 hours of allied coursework in another area of emphasis or outside the department as approved by the advisor.
  4. Two additional approved elective courses, where the credit hours total to a full six hours substitution.
  5. An approved research paper.

Doctor of Philosophy in Communication Studies (Minimum of 68 hours beyond the master’s degree)

  1. Five hours of core courses (Ph.D. Introduction to Graduate Studies and three hours of Communication Pedagogy).
  2. Twenty-nine hours in area of concentration (Media and Society, Public Communication, or Rhetoric and Politics).
  3. Nine to twelve hours of research tools (approved courses that fall within the general categories of research design, observational methods, ethnography, computer programming, statistics, foreign language, and digital media methods).
  4. Twenty hours of dissertation research.
  5. A written comprehensive examination.
  6. An oral examination.
  7. A successful dissertation prospectus.
  8. A successful dissertation defense.