Master of Science in Public Relations
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Emphasis One: Public Relations Theory & Practice
Courses 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
Elective 3
COMT 595 Comprehensive Exam 3
Total Minimum Credits 30
*With the advisor’s approval, another graduate course may be substituted for this course if the student has previous coursework in this area.
Emphasis Three: Political and Public Communication
Course 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
II. Choose one course from the following:
COMT 529 The Law of Public Communication* 3
COMT 530 Public Influence* 3
COMT 531 Political Communication* 3
III. 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* 3
COMT 530** Public Influence* 3
COMT 531** Political Communication* 3
COMT 581 Media for Social Change* 3
COMT 592 Feminist Rhetoric* 3
POLS 523 Constitutional Law:  Civil Liberties* 3
POLS 558 Public Organization Dynamics* 3
POLS 559 Program Evaluation and Policy Analysis* 3
Coursework (6 credits):
Elective 3
COMT 595 Comprehensive Exams 3
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.

**if not selected in above group

 

Emphasis Two: Health Communication
Course 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
Elective 3
COMT 595 Comprehensive Exams 3
Choose one course from the following:
HADM 605 Evidence Based Management Research & Evaluation Methods* 3
HADM 607 Health Informatics & Information Systems* 3
HADM 635 Health Law* 3
HADM 640 Managerial Epidemiology & Population Health* 3
HADM 687 Healthcare Marketing and Strategy 3
HHP 560 Sport Marketing 3
Total Minimum Credits 30
*With the advisor’s approval, another graduate course may be substituted for this course if the student has previous coursework in this area.
Emphasis Four: Media and Society
Course 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
Elective 3
COMT 595 Comprehensive Exam 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* 3
COMT 521** Communicating Online* 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* 3
COMT 561** Multicultural Mass Communication* 3
COMT 581 Media for Social Change* 3
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.

**if not selected in above group

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Please contact the office of Graduate Studies for information about this program, admission requirements, application forms, graduate assistantships and other scholarship information. Contact us as well for information about any of our graduate degree programs.

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