Master of Arts
Our master's in communication, technology, and society examines how people use technology to pursue long-term communication goals, including interpersonal, group, identity, and community relations, decision-making, virtual organizing, and health, political, and social movement campaigns. The program emphasizes the impacts and interconnections of communication technologies in society and culture, from the full range of theoretical and methodological approaches. Graduates will be prepared to enter teaching, business, politics, or social organizing as communication practitioners with expertise in a variety of fields, directly impacting economic development in the region and across the nation, or to continue their education through the doctoral level at major research universities.
Purpose and Objectives
The Department of Communication Studies is committed to providing its graduate students with opportunities for academic and professional development. We believe that individuals continue to develop their expertise throughout their careers. The program provides a variety of opportunities to engage in scholarly and professional development activities outside the classroom, including participation in colloquia offered by communication scholars, professional workshops, internships, applied projects, and study abroad. We also encourage our graduate students to become active members of international, national, regional, and state academic and professional associations. You are encouraged to participate in as many of these activities as possible. Getting involved in these development activities while at Clemson will build your networks contacts in the communication discipline before you graduate.
Most of our full-time graduate students are awarded assistantships. You will automatically be considered for an assistantship when you apply to the program unless you request otherwise. For example, you may not wish to be considered for an assistantship if you plan to pursue the degree part-time while continuing to work full-time in your current job.
Funding opportunities are available to approximately eight new graduate students per year in the form of teaching and research assistantships. Our assistantships provide a full tuition waiver and a stipend of approximately $12,000 per academic year. Assistantships are awarded competitively by the graduate committee. We offer a variety of opportunities for you to grow as a teacher, scholar, and emerging professional in the discipline. Graduate students typically assist with the delivery of our basic undergraduate courses and assist faculty members with research. Graduate assistantships include:
Teaching. Assistantships focused on teaching generally involve assisting with the delivery of our basic communication courses. You will also develop your communication and leadership skills as you gain experience working with students in our Communication Studies Lab assisting them with the speech-making process. All graduate teaching assistants participate in a mandatory one-week training program in August, before the start of classes in the fall semester.
Research. Some graduate assistants may work one-on-one with faculty members on research projects. You will develop a working relationship with a faculty member and gain hands-on experience with the research process. In many cases, you will have a role in shaping the research project through data collection, analysis, and presenting the final research report. Collaborative projects with faculty typically result in co-authored conference presentations and publications in academic journals.
professionals who want to further their knowledge and skills in communication studies.
Priority for admission and assistantship funding will be given to applicants who apply by February 1 for the fall semester. However, we may continue to review applications after the deadline until all spaces are full. Students begin the program in the fall semester. At this time, students may not begin the program in the spring semester.
The following credentials are preferred, though the entire application is considered holistically:
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or better
Scores of 500/500/4.0 or better on the GRE (verbal/quantitative/writing)
TOEFL scores of 600 or better for the paper exam or 267 or better for the online exam (for non-native English language speakers only)
Strong writing skills as demonstrated through a writing sample and curriculum vitae
Focused reasons for pursuing a master’s degree in communication, technology, and society asdemonstrated in curriculum vitae and statement of purpose
Clemson is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a category comprising less than 4 percent of all universities in America.
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