Graduate Program

Program Description
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Degree Requirements
Graduate Courses
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Program Description

The Department of Communication at Eastern New Mexico University offers a Master of Arts with a major in communication. This program provides students the opportunity for advanced study in media and communication studies, with an emphasis in critical, qualitative, and historical methodologies. Our graduate curriculum prepares students for a variety of professions, including teaching, communication research, and for entering doctoral programs in communication studies and other related fields. Given the prevalent role that media play in society and in everyday life, our program is designed to help students pursue intellectual development and gain critical insights into communication issues so as to better prepare them for challenges in the workplace. Graduate study in communication requires extensive reading and academic writing related to the diverse theoretical approaches and research methodologies that define the field. Students will have the opportunity to pursue research related to faculty interests in a variety of areas, including interpersonal and family relationships, persuasive communication, media literacy and criticism, communication and social change, political economy and global media, and the rhetorical dynamics of popular culture.

Please note that this is not an online program.

Admission Requirements

Students seeking the Master of Arts in Communication are expected to have a Bachelor’s degree in Communication from an accredited institution, although well-qualified applicants from other disciplines are eligible for admission. All students seeking admission must apply to the Department of Communication program in addition to making formal application to the Graduate School. Hard copies of the following materials must be submitted to the attention of the Graduate Coordinator of the Department of Communication. The Communication faculty will review these materials to determine a student’s acceptance into the program:

  1. Official transcripts illustrating an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
  2. GRE scores
  3. Three letters of recommendation (preferably from faculty members familiar with the student)
  4. A one-page statement of purpose outlining goals and objectives of graduate work as well as goodness of fit with the Communication program
  5. A 10-page academic writing sample

In order to be fully considered for admittance in the fall semester of the academic year following application, students must submit all application materials to both the Graduate School and the department by January 30. Students who do not meet this January 30 deadline may be considered for admittance for the fall semester or the following spring semester based on program availability. Students admitted in the spring semester will be required to enter the program on a part-time basis until the following fall semester, which will add a minimum of one semester to the student’s timeline for completion. Once a student is admitted into the Communication program, the Graduate Coordinator will evaluate the applicant’s undergraduate records to determine if any leveling or English language proficiency coursework will be necessary.

Degree Requirements

Students may select either a thesis or a non-thesis option. The thesis program consists of 24 semester hours of course work plus a six-hour thesis. Students who elect the thesis option must complete a thesis (topic to be approved by the graduate advisory committee) and successfully pass an oral defense of the thesis. The non-thesis program consists of 36 semester hours of course work. Students who elect the non-thesis option must complete and orally defend comprehensive examinations in the final semester of course work. The Master of Arts degree is sufficiently flexible to allow graduate courses (up to six hours) to be taken outside the department to support a student’s career or academic objectives, with the approval of the student’s graduate advisory committee. Please note that the Department of Communication does not offer an online Master’s degree.

Graduate Courses

For current course descriptions, click to download the Graduate Catalog. All students are required to take the nine credit hours associated with the Communication Core:

  • COMM 505 Introduction to Graduate Studies in Communication
  • COMM 502 Communication Research Methods
  • COMM 545 Communication Theory

In addition to the Communication Core, the department offers the following courses:

  • COMM 507 Small Group Communication
  • COMM 514 Media, Society, and Democracy
  • COMM 513 Media Criticism
  • COMM 517 Race, National Identity, and Media
  • COMM 569 Workshop in Communication
  • COMM 520 Interpersonal Communication
  • COMM 521 Feminist Theory in Communication
  • COMM 577 Communication in the Family
  • COMM 579 Individual Research
  • COMM 523 Global Media
  • COMM 506 Intellectual Property and Media
  • COMM 524 Classical and Contemporary Rhetorical Theory
  • COMM 525 Rhetoric and Popular Culture
  • COMM 526 Communication and Social Change
  • COMM 591 Graduate Seminar
  • COMM 593 Topics in Communication
  • COMM 599 Master's Thesis

Financial Assistance

In addition to scholarships, grants, or loans that may be offered at the university level, a limited number of Graduate Assistantships are available for qualified applicants. When awarding Graduate Assistantships, the primary criterion is whether the applicant will further the educational mission of the department. Graduate assistants in the Department of Communication are hired on a yearly or semester-by-semester basis, depending on the applicant’s qualifications and departmental need. Graduate assistants are primarily responsible for teaching lower-division undergraduate communication courses; in some cases they may also work with faculty as research assistants or assisting in other department-related duties as needed. Students interested in applying for a Graduate Assistantship should indicate this in their statement of purpose and submit a Graduate Assistantship Application Form (available from the Graduate Coordinator).  Because there are only a limited number of assistantships available, applicants must apply to the program by January 30 to be considered for funding. Ultimate responsibility for awarding Graduate Assistantships rests with the Graduate Coordinator in consultation with department faculty.

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Click to begin the application process with the Graduate School.

Hard copies of all other required admission materials (i.e., undergraduate transcripts, official GRE scores, three letters of recommendation, statement of purpose, and academic writing sample) should be sent directly to the Graduate Coordinator of the Department of Communication:


For more information and admissions questions, please contact:

Dr. Amanda Davis Gatchet
Graduate Coordinator

Department of Communication
ENMU Station 27
1500 S Ave K
Portales, NM 88130