School of Communication & Journalism

Choosing Your Program

You can pursue two degree options – a Communication Graduate Certificate or a Master’s of Communication.  Students pursuing the Master’s degree have the additional option of either writing a thesis or completing an internship.

Master’s Degree

The Master’s Degree in Communication requires 30 to 39 hours depending on your undergraduate major.  Students must take the three required graduate courses (see above) and must successfully complete Qualifying Exams.  Additional hours are chosen in conjunction with your advisor from COMM elective graduate course offerings.  Student’s pursuing the MA have the option of writing a thesis or pursuing an internship. How quickly students complete the degree is dependent on several factors, including whether they have a COMM undergraduate degree, the number of classes taken, acceptance of a Graduate Teaching Assistantship, or attending summer classes.  For more information on the Master’s Degree in Communication and Qualifying Exams, please see our Graduate Student Policy Manual or contact the graduate program officer.

Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Communication allows students to gain 18 hours of concentrated study in Communication.  Three classes (9 hours) are required courses:  COMM 7000: Communication Theory; COMM 7010: Qualitative Methods; and, COMM 7020: Quantitative Methods.  Your remaining classes (9 hours) are chosen in conjunction with your advisor from COMM elective graduate course offerings.  Upon completing the three required classes, students must take and successfully pass Qualifying Examinations.  Full-time students typically complete the certificate in two semesters. For more information on the Graduate Certificate in Communication and Qualifying Exams, please see our Graduate Student Policy Manual or contact the graduate program officer.

Please note: Students pursuing the graduate Certificate are not eligible for a graduate assistantship.

For more information

Debra Worthington

Debra Worthington
Graduate Program Officer
219 Tichenor Hall
Auburn University, AL 36849
(334) 844-2756
worthdl@auburn.edu

Last Updated: May 31, 2017