Graduate Program

Program Description
Admission Requirements
Degree Requirements
Graduate Courses
Financial Assistance
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Program Description

The Department of Communication recently revised its Master of Arts Degree in Communication, which offers students a more practical and hands-on approach for advanced study. The program is unique in that it offers the flexibility to pursue advanced study in a variety of areas, including public relations, journalism, media literacy and criticism. This is an online program; however, students have the option to take in-person electives. The program is beneficial to both resident and distance students interested in pursuing a master's degree to:

  1. Enter the workforce directly upon graduation
  2. As a means to advance in their professional careers
  3. Enter a doctoral program

The program benefits working professionals who need flexibility and practical experience for career advancement. Graduates of this program are prepared to pursue employment or advancement in careers in public relations, journalism, publishing, broadcast journalism, broadcast production, non-profits, media relations, management, human resources, business, education, marketing, political consulting, advertising, sales, the nonprofit sector, or in government. It also prepares students for entering doctoral programs in communication and other related fields.


Admission Requirements

Students seeking a master of arts degree 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 communication program in addition to making formal application to the Graduate School.

The following materials must be submitted to the Department of Communication:

  1. Official transcripts illustrating an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
  2. Two letters of recommendation (preferably from faculty members familiar with the student)
  3. A one-page statement of purpose outlining goals and objectives of graduate work


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 30 semester hours of course work, which includes COMM 532 Communication Capstone Project. 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.

Thesis option: 24 semester hours of coursework plus a six-hour thesis. Students must complete a thesis and successfully pass an oral defense of the thesis. Students electing the thesis option may not enroll in COMM 532 Communication Capstone Project.

Non-thesis option: 30 semester hours of coursework. This coursework must include COMM 532 Communication Capstone Project. Thesis credits (COMM 599) may not be used to fulfill coursework requirements.

Graduate Courses

Communication Core (12 cr.)

  • COMM 502 Communication Research Methods
  • COMM 513 Media Criticism
  • COMM 545 Communication Theory
  • COMM 510 Mass Media and Society

In addition to the core, students may select from the following list of courses offered by the department to total 24 semester hours plus a six-hour thesis for the thesis option or to total 30 semester hours for the non-thesis option.

  • COMM 509 Multimedia Journalism
  • COMM 511 Public Relations Cases and Concepts
  • COMM 517 Race, National Identity, and Media
  • COMM 522 Directing for Television
  • COMM 522L Directing for Television Lab
  • COMM 523 Global Media
  • COMM 525 Rhetoric and Popular Culture
  • COMM 526 Communication and Social Change
  • COMM 527 Integrated Communication Campaign
  • COMM 529 Management in Media
  • COMM 531 Documentary Writing and Production
  • COMM 532 Communication Capstone Project
  • COMM 579 Individual Research
  • COMM 593 Topics in Communication
  • COMM 599 Master's Thesis


Financial Assistance

A limited number of graduate assistantships are available for qualified applicants. Graduate assistants are hired on a yearly or semester-by-semester basis, depending on departmental needs and the applicant’s qualifications. Graduate assistants are required to be in residence, as they are primarily responsible for teaching lower-division undergraduate communication courses. Students interested in applying for an assistantship should submit a Graduate Assistantship Application Form, which is available from Brad Hamann, graduate coordinator. The graduate coordinator, in conjunction with the department chair, will award assistantships.


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Click here to begin the application process with the Graduate School. All other required admission materials should be sent directly to the Graduate Coordinator of the Department of Communication:

Brad Hamann
Graduate Coordinator

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