2010-2012 Graduate Studies Catalog

Master of Science in Public Relations

Emphasis One:  Public Relations Theory and Practice

  Credits
COMT 502 Research Methods* 3
COMT 514 Issues in Organizational Communication* 3
COMT 522 Issues in Public Relations* 3
COMT 525 Media Criticism* 3
COMT 526 Case Studies in Public Relations* 3
COMT 527 Public Relations Ethics* 3
COMT 529 The Law of Public Communication* 3
COMT 565 Communication Theory* 3
 
Choose one of the following three options:
Coursework:
COMT 595 Comprehensive Exams
3
Elective 3
 
Project:
COMT 570 Applied Communication Studies*
3
COMT 598 Culminating Project 3
 
Thesis:
COMT 599 Thesis (final 2 semesters at 3 credits/semester)
6
*With the advisor’s approval, another graduate course may be substituted for this course if the student has previous coursework in this area.
Total credits required for degree 30

Master of Science in Public Relations
Emphasis Two:  Health Communication

  Credits
COMT 502 Research Methods*. 3
COMT 514 Issues in Organizational Communication* 3
COMT 525 Media Criticism* 3
COMT 527 Public Relations Ethics* 3
COMT 565 Communication Theory* 3
COMT 580 Health Communication* 3
COMT 581 Media for Social Change* 3
 
Choose one course from the following:
HADM 605 Evidence Based Management* 2^
HADM 607 Health Information Management* 3
HADM 635 Health Law and Ethics* 3
HADM 640 Managerial Epidemiology* 3
HADM 685 Research and Evaluation Methods* 3
HADM 687 Healthcare Marketing and Strategy * 3
HHP 560 Sport Marketing* 3
^ This course requires concurrent enrollment in one credit of COMT 590 Internship.
 
Choose one of the following three options:
Coursework:
COMT 595 Comprehensive Exams
3
Elective 3
 
Project:
COMT 570 Applied Communication Studies*
3
COMT 598 Culminating Project
OR
Elective
3
 
Thesis:
COMT 599 Thesis (final 2 semesters at 3 credits/semester)
6
Total credits required for degree 30
*With the advisor’s approval, another graduate course may be substituted for this course if the student has previous coursework in this area.

Master of Science in Public Relations
Emphasis Three:  Political and Public Communication

  Credits
COMT 502 Research Methods* 3
COMT 514 Issues in Organizational Communication* 3
COMT 525 Media Criticism* 3
COMT 527 Public Relations Ethics* 3
COMT 565 Communication Theory* 3
 
Choose two courses from the following:
COMT 529 The Law of Public Communication* 3
COMT 530 Public Influence* 3
COMT 531 Political Communication* 3
 
Choose one course from the following:
COMT 521 Communicating Online* 3
COMT 522 Issues in Public Relations* 3
COMT 529 The Law of Public Communication* (if not chosen above) 3
COMT 530 Public Influence* (if not chosen above) 3
COMT 531 Political Communication* (if not chosen above) 3
COMT 581 Media for Social Change* 3
COMT 592 Seminar:  Feminist Rhetoric* 3
POLS 523 Constitutional Law:  Civil Liberties* 3
POLS 558 Public Organization Dynamics* 3
POLS 559 Program Evaluation and Policy Analysis* 3
 
Choose one of the following three options:
Coursework:
COMT 595 Comprehensive Exams
3
Elective 3
 
Project:
COMT 570 Applied Communication Studies*
3
COMT 598 Culminating Project 3
 
Thesis:
COMT 599 Thesis (final 2 semesters at 3 credits/semester)
6
 
Total credits required for degree 30
*With the advisor’s approval, another graduate course may be substituted for this course if the student has previous coursework in this area.

Master of Science in Public Relations
Emphasis Four:  Media and Society

  Credits
COMT 502 Research Methods* 3
COMT 514 Issues in Organizational Communication* 3
COMT 525 Media Criticism* 3
COMT 527 Public Relations Ethics* 3
COMT 565 Communication Theory* 3
 
Choose two courses from the following:
COMT 520 Advertising, Media, and Culture* 3
COMT 521 Communicating Online* 3
COMT 540 Popular Culture and Cultural Studies* 3
COMT 561 Multicultural Mass Communication* 3
 
Choose one course from the following:
COMT 520 Advertising, Media, and Culture* (if not chosen above) 3
COMT 521 Communicating Online* (if not chosen above) 3
COMT 522 Issues in Public Relations* 3
COMT 529 The Law of Public Communication* 3
COMT 530 Public Influence* 3
COMT 540 Popular Culture and Cultural Studies* (if not chosen above). 3
COMT 561 Multicultural Mass Communication* (if not chosen above) 3
COMT 581 Media for Social Change* 3
 
Choose one of the following three options:
Coursework:
COMT 595 Comprehensive Exams
3
Elective 3
   
Project:
COMT 570 Applied Communication Studies*
3
COMT 598 Culminating Project 3
 
Thesis:
COMT 599 Thesis (final 2 semesters at 3 credits/semester)
6
Total credits required for degree 30
*With the advisor’s approval, another graduate course may be substituted for this course if the student has previous coursework in this area.

Student Learning Outcomes

Successful graduates of this program will be able to:

  • Locate, read and evaluate professional and academic literature.
  • Develop, design and execute independent research projects.
  • Disseminate research findings to different types of audiences.
  • Integrate communication theory and research into professional and academic settings.

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