The Master of Arts program in communication strikes a purposeful and creative balance between the study and practice of human communication. The intent of the M.A. program is to graduate students with professional and scholarly competencies enabling them to be leaders in assessing and improving public communication and/or pursuing an advanced degree.
In the area of communication theory, M.A. graduates are expected to:
1. Distinguish between and explain basic tenets of major theoretical positions in the field.
2. Compare and contrast at least two models or definitions of communication.
3. Demonstrate breadth of knowledge about at least two significant topics or concepts relevant to communication or depth in one topic or concept.
4. Apply or develop a communication theory to frame a research project.
5. Explain the development of communication studies as an academic discipline.
6. Acquire particular expertise in an area of communication scholarship relevant to their career.
7. Critically assess the implications of communication practices for civic discourse.
In the area of communication research, M.A. graduates are expected to:
1. Demonstrate familiarity with the basic principles and issues of social scientific, humanistic, rhetorical, and critical communication research methods.
2. Be conversant with the range of methodologies used in communication research, including quantitative/qualitative approaches.
3. Identify the main scholars, scholarship, and journals applicable to their area of interest.
4. Conceptualize and design an independent research project.
5. Assess the strengths and weaknesses of published communication studies.
6. Find and evaluate information relevant to an area of professional practice.
7. Conduct research leading to usable research findings.
In the area of professional practice, M.A. graduates are expected to:
1. Understand the possible relationships between practice and theory.
2. Transfer and apply findings of communication research to professional practice.
3. Display highly competent verbal and written communication skills.
4. Integrate emerging communication technologies into the workplace.
5. Serve the public interest by using communication theory and research to address practical, real-world situations.
6. Exhibit competence in teaching (if applicable).
7. Provide informed leadership in their area of professional practice (if applicable).
UND is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. UND also holds many special accreditation's at the college, department, or program level.
International Student Requirements:
All graduate applicants must demonstrate academic-level proficiency with the English language before they will be considered for admission. This requirement must be met by all applicants, regardless of citizenship, residency, or nation of birth. No applicants will be considered for admission until the English Language Proficiency is met. Please refer to the Academic Catalog for ways in which this requirement can be met.
Facts & Figures
Financial Aid: No
International Financial Aid: No
Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive
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