College of Social and Behavioral Sciences2013-2014

School of Communication

Applied Communication, Master of Arts

  • Available Emphasis Areas:
  • Communication Studies - Emphasis (beginning Fall 2014)
  • Documentary Studies - Emphasis (beginning Fall 2014)

We designed this plan to provide students with advanced skills in communication analysis, problem-solving, critical-thinking, research, theoretical application, and written communication.

Careers

What Can I Do with a Master of Arts in Applied Communication?

How people communicate with each other influences problems confronting business, government, schools, families, and social relationships. At a time when relationships of all kinds are mediated by technology, good communication is more critical than ever. If you want to advance your understanding of finding solutions to complex issues in a complex world, then the MA in Applied Communication at Northern Arizona University may be for you.

Here, you will work closely with an advisor to design a degree program that meets your interests and needs. You'll design, carry out, and present independent research while increasing your skills and expertise in writing, critical thinking, reasoning, presentation and defense of ideas, and research. You'll emerge with the skills and abilities that are expected of communication experts.

Career opportunities that might be pursued:

With further education, one of these paths is possible:
  • Hospital public information officer
  • Public relations professional
  • Speech writer
  • Teacher


University Requirements

  • To receive a master’s degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject areas, consisting of at least 30 units of graduate-level courses. (Many master’s degree programs require more than 30 units.)

    You must additionally complete:

    • All requirements for your specific academic plan(s). This may include a thesis.
    • All graduate work with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0.
    • All work toward the master’s degree must be completed within six consecutive years. The six years begins with the semester and year of admission to the program.
    The full policy can be viewed here.

     

Overview

In addition to University Requirements:

  • Complete individual plan requirements.

Minimum Units for Completion 36
Additional Admission Requirements Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
Fieldwork Experience/Internship Required
Research Individualized research may be required by chosen emphasis or offered as an option.
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Details

Additional Admission Requirements
  • Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
    • NAU Graduate Online application required (www.nau.edu/graduateapply) for all programs. Details on admission requirements are included in the online application.
    • Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A"), or the equivalent. 
    • Admission to many graduate programs is on a competitive basis, and programs may have higher standards than those established by the Graduate College.
    • Transcripts
    • For details on graduate admission policies, please visit http://nau.edu/GradCol/Admissions/Graduate-Admissions-Policy/ .
    • International applicants have additional admission requirements: http://nau.edu/GradCol/Admissions/International/.
     
    Individual program admission requirements include:

    • GRE® revised General Test
    • 3 letters of recommendation
    • Writing sample
    • Personal statement or essay
    • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
Master's Requirements
  • Take the following 36 units:

    • COM 600, COM 601, and COM 698 (9 units)
    • Select either the Thesis Option or the Project Option (27 Units)
    Thesis Option
    • Additional coursework selected with your advisor; this can include, with advisor approval, up to 9 units of coursework outside of Communication and Communication Studies and no more than 6 units of individualized studies as independent studies, directed readings, and research. (21 units)
    • COM 699, be aware that you may end up taking more than the 6 units you can count toward your degree because you must enroll each fall and spring semester while you work on your thesis. You must enroll for at least 3 units the semester in which you will graduate, including summer, regardless of the number of units already taken. (6 units)
    Project Option
    • Additional coursework selected with your advisor; this can include, with advisor approval, up to 9 units of coursework outside of Communication and Communication Studies and no more than 6 units of individualized studies as independent studies, directed readings, and research. (24 units)
    • COM 690 (3 units)
  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

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