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Graduate Program - Master of Arts in Communication and Mass Communication

IMG_2344Application Due: January 15th

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Admission Process

Review and selection of students for the upcoming academic year occurs between mid-January and mid-April. If you wish to receive first-round consideration for the coming year, you are advised to have your application complete by January 15th. Your application will be complete when it contains:

  1. A completed Graduate School application form
  2. Transcripts of completed undergraduate work
  3. Letters of recommendation from three persons familiar with your academic record
  4. A transcript of your GRE scores (dates and sites of exams are available here)
  5. A report of your TOEFL score (if necessary)
  6. An academic writing sample

You are responsible for monitoring the completion of your application in a timely manner.

 

Advisory Committee

In the first semester, each student is appointed a temporary advisor. Students work with this faculty member in developing their plans for a program of study. During the first year, students select their official Advisory Committee for either a thesis or a research paper and examination program. Three faculty are required for the Advisory Committee; at least two must be members the department Graduate Faculty.

 

Research Paper and Examination Option

The student must prepare and present a research project. Although the non-thesis project is not as extensive as the thesis, the research paper must evidence critical thinking.  The student defends the research paper in an oral examination.

Thesis Option

Students electing the thesis option enroll in CMJ 699 for a maximum of six (6) hours. The student’s official advisory committee must approve a thesis prospectus prior to the student undertaking the research. After the thesis is completed, the student defends the research in an oral examination.

 


Communication MA Requirements

Core Requirements: 

Students are required to complete: 

CMJ 600 Introduction to Graduate Study in Communication (Credits: 1)
CMJ 506 Rhetorical Theory: Civic Tradition (Credits: 3)

OR

CMJ 606 Rhetorical Theory: Critical Tradition (Credits: 3)
CMJ 608 Communication Theory (Credits: 3)

One research methods course from:

CMJ 601 Seminar in Research Methods (Credits: 3)
CMJ 503 Critical Historiography of Rhetoric Credits (Credits: 3)
CMJ 603 Seminar in Rhetorical Criticism (Credits 3)
CMJ 604 Qualitative Communication Research Methods (Credits 3)

 

Area Concentration:

In addition to core requirements, students develop areas of interest by selecting courses from their area concentration and from electives. Students must complete 15 credit hours from the following courses:

CMJ 506 Rhetorical Theory: Civic Tradition (Credits: 3) (If not used in core requirements)
CMJ 510 Critical Studies in Mass Communication (Credits: 3)
CMJ 524 Seminar in Interpersonal Communication (Credits: 3)
CMJ 566 Seminar in Aesthetic Communication (Credits: 3)
CMJ 593 Topics in Communication (Credits: 3)
CMJ 601 Seminar in Research Methods (Credits: 3) (If not used in core requirements)
CMJ 603 Seminar in Rhetorical Criticism (Credits: 3) (If not used in core requirements)
CMJ 604 Qualitative Communication Research Methods (Credits: 3) (If not used in core requirements)
CMJ 606 Rhetorical Theory: Critical Tradition (Credits: 3) (If not used in core requirements)
CMJ 698 Contemporary Issues in Human Communication  (Credits: 3)
CMJ 699 Graduate Thesis/Research

 

Program Electives:

Students must complete an additional 6 credit hours of elective course work by taking any CMJ graduate (500 or 600) level courses including CMJ 690 Directed Research (for 1-3 credits) and CMJ 695 Internship (for 1-3 credits) and may, with the approval of the student’s advisory committee, include up to 3 credits of a non-CMJ graduate level course.

 


Mass Communication Area

Core Requirements:

Students must complete 10 credit hours in:

CMJ 515 Mass Communication Theory (Credits: 3)
CMJ 520 Media History (Credits: 3)
CMJ 600 Introduction to Graduate Study in Communication (Credits: 1)

 One research methods course from:

CMJ 601 Seminar in Research Methods (Credits: 3)
CMJ 503 Critical Historiography of Rhetoric (Credits: 3)
CMJ 603 Seminar in Rhetorical Criticism (Credits: 3)
CMJ 604 Qualitative Communication Research Methods (Credits: 3)

 

Area Concentration:

In addition to the core requirements, students further refine their interests by selecting courses from their area of concentration and from electives. Students must complete 12 credit hours from the following courses, including at least 9 credits from:

CMJ 510 Critical Studies in Mass Communication (Credits: 3)
CMJ 525 Propaganda and Political Communication (Credits: 3)
CMJ 530 Mass Communication Law and Policy (Credits: 3)
CMJ 545 Media Ecology (Credits: 3)
CMJ 593 Topics in Communication (Credits: 3) (may be repeated with new content)
CMJ 601 Seminar in Research Methods (Credits: 3) (if not used in core requirement)
CMJ 603 Seminar in Rhetorical Criticism (Credits: 3) (if not used in core requirement)
CMJ 604 Qualitative Communication Research Methods (Credits: 3) (if not used in core requirement)
CMJ 698 Contemporary Issues in Human Communication (Credits: 3)
CMJ 699 Graduate Thesis/Research (Credits: Ar)

 

Mass Communication Electives

Students must complete an additional 6 credit hours of elective course work by taking any CMJ graduate (500 or 600) level courses including CMJ 690 Directed Research (for 1-3 credits) and CMJ 695 Internship (for 1-3 credits) and may, with the approval of the student’s advisory committee, include up to 3 credits of a non-CMJ graduate level course.


Questions about our graduate programs?

Please contact:

Graduate Coordinator
Department of Communication and Journalism
5724 Dunn Hall, Room 420
University of Maine

Orono, ME 04469
E-mail: comgrad@maine.edu


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