- 30 hours of course work with a B average (minimum). Students who do not have an undergraduate degree in Communication may be required to take course work beyond the minimum required 30 hours to remedy any deficiencies.
- All courses must be taken at the 7000 level or higher. At least 15 hours of courses must be taken at the 8000 level.
- At least 24 hours of graduate classes (7000 and above) must be completed in the department.
- You must complete Comm 8110: Introduction to Graduate Studies.
- You must complete a research methods course.
- No more than 12 hours combined may be taken in research, problems, or directed readings courses (i.e., 4960, 8085, 9050).
- At least 24 hours of course work must be completed at the University of Missouri-Columbia campus. Only six hours of graduate credit may be transferred from another university in the University of Missouri system.
- You must write either a master's thesis or complete a substantial research or creative project with exams in lieu of a thesis. The thesis option requires an oral defense of the thesis before a committee of three faculty members. This is in lieu of written comprehensive exams. Students who opt for the project option must submit an approved research project or creative project to their advisor prior to graduation and must successfully pass a six-hour written comprehensive examination written for a three-member faculty advisory committee. A student may earn up to six hours of academic credit for either the thesis or the independent project.
Typical full time enrollment for graduate students is 9 hours in the fall and spring semesters and 3-6 hours in the summer. Graduate School regulations forbid graduate students from pursuing more than 16 hours each semester or more than 9 hours in the summer session. Under normal conditions, a full-time student can complete the M.A. in 12-24 months. This involves taking 9-12 hours per semester and steady progress on the thesis or project.
All graduate students are eligible for various fellowships and scholarships through the Graduate School. Because the department recommends students for these awards, an early applicant is more likely to be nominated. Graduate teaching assistantships are primarily offered to Ph.D. students. However, occasionally qualified M.A. students receive assistantships on a semester-by-semester basis. In addition, M.A. students should never expect to receive funding beyond a two-year time period. The department application (pdf) includes a section on graduate teaching assistantships. If you are interested in an assistantship, be sure to complete this section of the application.
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