May 27, 2018  
Graduate Bulletin 2009-2010 
Graduate Bulletin 2009-2010 [Archived Catalog]

Professional Communication (M.A.)

Purdue University
Master of Arts (M.A.)

Department of Communication
College of Arts and Sciences
Marcia D. Dixson, Chair
Steven A. Carr, Graduate Program Director
260-481-6825 ~ ~ Neff Hall 230

The master’s program in professional communication serves students seeking to advance their education beyond an undergraduate degree. Whether you are looking to enhance your career in broadcasting, business, education, new media, or social services; or if you are preparing to enter a Ph.D. program, the master’s program can help you achieve your goals.

Our program emphasizes three areas of specialization:

  • Interpersonal and Organizational Communication Theory
  • Media Criticism, History, and Theory
  • Rhetorical Criticism and Theory

The program meets the needs of students who work full time. During fall and spring, most graduate courses are scheduled once a week in the evening. During summer, an additional course is offered.  Students can take one class a semester, or go full time and complete the program in less than two years.

Degree Requirements

The curriculum consists of 33 credits in approved courses, a synthesis paper, and a written comprehensive examination. Students who maintain a 4.0 GPA and who have an academic paper competitively accepted either for publication or for presentation at an academic conference may be exempted from taking the comprehensive examination. An advising committee will consider an exemption when a student: (1) has achieved A’s in all graduate courses; (2) has the synthesis paper approved by the deadline for that semester; and (3) either has a single-authored competitive paper presented at a regional or national scholarly meeting, or a single-authored competitive paper published in a regional ornational scholarly journal.

Communication Methods Courses (3 credits)

Cognate Studies

Credits selected, with the approval of your advisor or advising committee, from upper division or graduate courses in communication or other disciplines.

Total (33 Credits)