MA Program

MA Degree Program Requirements

The minimum degree requirement is 30 credits, including 24 credits taken in the Department of Communication; that is, only a maximum of 6 credits taken outside the department may count toward the total credits required. Students must take 24 of the 30 required credits in courses numbered 700 or above. Other limitations are:

  • A maximum of 6 graduate credits may be from departments other than Communication, if the student’s major professor approves those credits as substantially contributing to the student’s program in advance of enrollment.
  • A maximum of 6 graduate credits may be earned in courses numbered below 700 (i.e., those designated Undergraduate/Graduate).
  • A maximum of 6 credits may be earned in Commun 860.
  • A maximum of 3 credits may be earned in Commun 998.
  • A maximum of 3 credits may be earned in Commun 999.
  • A maximum of 9 credits may be earned from the combination of Commun 998, Commun 999 and courses outside the department.
  • If a student elects to do a thesis, 1 to 6 credits of Commun 990 may count toward the degree.

Students must complete either an MA Portfolio Project [MAPP] or a thesis.

MA Degree Program: Credits and Course

Required and elective courses available to M.A. program students are listed below.

Required Courses

General
Commun 800 – Proseminar: The Discipline of Communication, 3 cr
One of the following Methods Courses
Commun 700 – Quantitative Research in Communication, 3 cr
Commun 701 – Critical Analysis of Communication, 3 cr
Commun 702 – Qualitative Research in Communication, 3 cr
Commun 770 – Measurement and Evaluation in Speech Communication, 3 cr

Elective Courses

Subject to the credit and/or course restrictions and options listed above, students may complete their program of study with a minimum of 24 credits in elective courses selected from courses in the Department of Communication listed below:

Undergraduate/Graduate [U/G] Courses (3 cr. unless otherwise noted)
Commun 550 – International and Global Communication
Commun 627 – Designing and Developing Communication Training Interventions
Commun 640 – Contemporary Issues in Freedom of Speech
Commun 655 – Communication Issues in Cultural Adjustment and Training
Commun 665 – Introduction to Mediation
Commun 667 – Great American Speakers and Issues
Commun 672 – Speech Communication and Social Order
Commun 675 – International Mediation and Peacebuilding
Commun 681 – Communication in a World of AIDS
Graduate [G] Courses (3 cr. unless otherwise noted)
Commun 700 – Quantitative Research in Communication
Commun 701 – Critical Analysis of Communication
Commun 702 – Qualitative Research in Communication
Commun 710 – Managerial Communication
Commun 727 – Seminar in Communication and E-Learning
Commun 735 – Theories of Rhetorical Communication
Commun 762 – Argumentation in Theory and Practice
Commun 770 – Measurement and Evaluation in Speech Communication
Commun 772 – Rhetorical Leadership and Ethics
Commun 801 – Seminar in Interpersonal Communication
Commun 802 – Marital and Family Communication
Commun 803 – Gender and Communication
Commun 804 – Seminar on Sexuality and Communication
Commun 810 – Studies of Communication in Organizations
Commun 813 – Seminar in Mediated Communication
Commun 815 – Communication Technologies in Organizations
Commun 823 – Seminar in Small Group Communication
Commun 827 – Seminar in Programs of Adult Communication
Commun 835 – Seminar in Contemporary Public Address
Commun 837 – Instructional Communication in the College Classroom
Commun 850 – Seminar in Intercultural Communication
Commun 864 – Communication and Social Influence
Commun 865 – Theory and Practice of Mediation
Commun 872 – Rhetorics of Constituting Community and Social Controversy
Commun 873 – The Digital Mirror
Commun 881 – Interpersonal Health Communication
Commun 882 – Rhetoric of Kenneth Burke
Commun 893 – Rhetoric of/and the Internet
Commun 965 – Discourses of Conflict
Commun 971 – Meta-Analysis: Practice and Application
Commun 972 – Methods in Communication Research: [subtitle] (3 cr.; repeatable up to 9 cr. with change of topic)
Commun 973 – Topics in Rhetorical Research: [subtitle] (3 cr.; repeatable up to 9 cr. with change of topic)
Commun 981 – Communication and HIV/AIDS
Variable Topics or Individualized Courses in Communication
Commun 860 – Seminar: Issues in Communication (3 to 6 credits).
Students may count a maximum of six credits of 860 toward the degree. Only three credits of 860 may be counted in the student’s primary concentration area.
Commun 990 – Research and Thesis. (1-12 credits).
Production of a thesis under the supervision of student’s major professor with consultation of the degree committee. Research and thesis credits are repeatable up to 12 credits for doctoral students and 6 credits for MA students. Students must obtain the consent of their Major Professor before enrolling.
Commun 998 – Internship (1 to 3 credits).
Students may count only three credits of 998 toward the degree. Internship credits earned in the Department of Communication cannot, however, be applied to satisfy minimum credit distribution requirements in required or content areas. They must be considered elective courses.
Commun 999 – Independent Study (1 to 3 credits).
Students may count only three credits of 999 toward the degree. Independent study credits earned in the Department of Communication cannot, however, be applied to satisfy minimum credit distribution requirements in required or content areas. They must be considered elective courses.

For M.A. Program information, contact:

Sang-Yeon Kim, PhD
MA Program Director
Coordinator of Graduate Studies
Department of Communication
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
P.O. Box 413
Milwaukee, WI 53201
Phone: 414-229-3971/4261
Fax: 414-229-3859
e-mail: macomm@uwm.edu or sangyeon@uwm.edu