Communication Studies

Mike Curb College of Arts, Media, and Communication

  • Chair: Bernardo Alexander Attias
  • Manzanita Hall (MZ) 220
  • (818) 677-2853

M.A., Communication Studies

Requirements for the Master of Arts Degree
University standards for admission to graduate study will normally be a determining factor in granting a student Classified status in the pro- gram. Department admission requirements are higher than University criteria. Students with limited background in Communication Studies may be admitted on a Conditionally Classified basis until preparatory undergraduate course work (to be determined in consultation with the Graduate Coordinator) has been completed. Any student who is admitted to the graduate program on a Conditionally Classified basis is required to meet all conditions for fully Classified status by the end of the student’s first semester of enrollment in the graduate program.
For The Degree
A minimum of 33 units of approved graduate work comprised of the following:

Core Requirements (6 units)


COMS 601
Core Seminar in Communication Studies (3) Core Seminar in Communication Research Methods (3)

Area Requirements (9 units) Performance, Language and Cultural Studies (3 units)
Select 1 of the following courses:

COMS 603

COMS 604

COMS 620

COMS 635

COMS 656
Seminar in Performance Studies (3) Seminar in Textual Studies (3) Seminar in Communication and Language (3) Feminist Perspectives in Communication (3) Seminar in Intercultural Communication (3)

Rhetorical Studies (3 units)
Select 1 of the following courses:

COMS 631

COMS 632

COMS 633

COMS 634
Studies in Classical Rhetoric (3) Studies in Contemporary Rhetoric (3) Studies in Postmodern Rhetoric (3) Applied Rhetorical Studies (3)

Communication Theory (3 units)
Select 1 of the following courses:

COMS 650

COMS 651

COMS 652

COMS 653

COMS 654
Seminar in Communication Theory (3) Seminar in Interpersonal Communication (3) Seminar in Group Communication (3) Organizational Communication Research (3) Communication and Technology (3)

Electives (12-15 units)
Elective course work may be selected from 400-, 500- and 600-level courses in Communication Studies and related disciplines. At least 9 of these elective units must come from 600-level courses in Communication Studies. (Thesis or Graduate Project candidate: 12 elective units; Comprehensive Examination candidate: 15 elective units).

Required Culminating Experience (3-6 units)

COMS 697

COMS 698
Directed Comprehensive Studies (3) Thesis or Graduate Project (3-3 units)

a. A thesis prospectus; b. An acceptable thesis; and c. An oral examination on the thesis.
Graduate Project
a. A graduate project prospectus; b. An acceptable written report of the candidate’s application of com- munication theory and principles to a practical or career problem;and c. An oral examination on the written report.
Directed Comprehensive Studies
a. A successful completion of a written examination covering the breadth of the student’s program; and b. An oral examination on the comprehensive exam.