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Graduate Catalog 2017/2018


Communication (SPE)

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Master of Arts (M.A.)
CIP Code: 09.0101
College of Arts and Sciences (AS)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 36

Contact Information:
College of Arts and Sciences
Communication Department (SPE)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue CIS 1040
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
Ambar Basu
Phone: 813-974-2145
Email: abasu@usf.edu

Website: http://communication.usf.edu


Faculty Search: Arts and Sciences Faculty List


Major Information


The Department of Communication offers a broad and integrated approach to communication studies that embraces the traditions of the humanities, the convergence of rhetorical and communication theory, and the relations among aesthetic, humanistic, and scientific approaches to inquiry. Students are encouraged to examine the pragmatics of rhetorical and communication theory in such settings as business and industry, government, education, medicine and health care, media, the arts, and the family. The department offers course work leading to the Master of Arts degree and the Doctor of Philosophy.

 

Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.

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Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

Major Priority Deadline

Fall: January 15
Spring: October 15
Summer: ---

Graduate Admission Application Deadlines

MASTER'S AND
EDUCATION SPECIALIST DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

June 1

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

June 1

September 15

February 15

DOCTORATE DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

February 15

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

February 15

September 15

February 15


Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions), as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

  • two letters of recommendation
  • a writing sample
  • a statement of purpose
  • GRE with preferred scores of at least 153V (550V prior to August 1, 2011)
  • TOEFL Scores
  • transcripts
  • CV or resume

Admissions Status: Apply

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Major Requirements

Major requirements
  • Establish a supervisory faculty committee consisting of a major professor and two additional members, at least one of whom is a member of the Department of Communication. The supervisory committee must be approved by the Director of Graduate Studies.
  • Prepare a Plan of Study approved by the student's supervisory committee. The Plan of Study expresses the ways in which the student will show evidence of the following:
    • expertise in one or more of the central domains of communication study
    • expertise in the research methodologies needed to carry out original research in the specialized area of concentration (Thesis Program students only)

REQUIRED COURSES

 

Credits

CORE REQUIREMENTS

33

This course must be taken the first time it is offered after the student is admitted to the graduate program.

COM6001

Theories and Histories of Communication

3

 
Select an option, either Thesis or Non-Thesis.
 

Thesis

33 hours

COM7325

Qualitative Methods OR Critical Methods

3

In addition to the three (3) hours of core requirements, each student must also takeCOM 7325 either Qualitative Methods OR Critical Methods and complete 24 hours of elective course work, six (6)hours of which may consist of a course or courses from other departments and must have advisor approval. Eachstudent must complete at least six (6) hours of thesis credit (SPC 6971) and submit an approved thesis.

Plan of Study
Prepare a Plan of Study approved by the student's supervisory committee. The Plan of Study expresses the ways in which the student will show the following:

  • evidence of expertise in one or more of the central domains of communication study
  • expertise in the research methodologies needed to carry out original research in the specialized area
 

Non-Thesis 33 hours

In addition to the three (3) hours of core requirements, 33 hours of elective course work are required, six (6) hours of which may consist of courses from other departments and must have advisor approval.

Plan of Study
Prepare a Plan of Study approved by the student's supervisory committee. The Plan of Study expresses the ways in which the student will show evidence of expertise in one or more of the central domains of communication study.

 

COMPREHENSIVE EXAM REQUIREMENTS

All Non-Thesis students must pass both written and oral comprehensive examinations. Thesis students do not complete comprehensive exams.

 

THESIS REQUIREMENTS

6

SPC6971

Thesis: Master's

6

In consultation with the major professor, Thesis Program students will select a thesis topic, constitute a thesis committee, and write orally defend a thesis proposal. The thesis is an extended research project within a specific area of communication research culminating in a written academic analysis. Upon completion of the thesis, the student must pass an oral defense.

 

MINIMUM TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS

36

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College Degree Requirements

Refer to the College Section of theGraduate Catalog for College requirements and information.

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USF Degree Requirements

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Financial Assistance


Financial Aid

Fellowships & Scholarships

Graduate Assistantships

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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at http://www.grad.usf.edu/orientation.php. Then go to http://oasis.usf.edu/ the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

To access online course materials, students must have a USF NetID (e-mail account). Please visit: https://netid.usf.edu/una/ to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: http://www.usf.edu/it/class-prep/usf-card.aspx to obtain your USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.

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Graduate Course Information

Use the list below to lookup graduate courses related to this program in the USF Course Inventory:

COM6001, COM7325, SPC6971,