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Communication Studies Program Details

The communication studies department at the Edwards Campus offers two graduate programs--a master's degree in communication studies with a concentration in organizational communication and a four-course graduate certificate in professional workplace communication.

All four courses in the certificate count towards the master's degree for those who wish to pursue the full master's.

Tuition and fees: https://edwardscampus.ku.edu/edwards-campus-tuition-fees
To apply: http://graduate.ku.edu/application-process

Application deadlines:

Fall: May 5
Spring: November 15
Summer: April 15

KU calendar: http://registrar.ku.edu/calendar/
KU refund policies: https://registrar.ku.edu/fee-petition

Master of Arts in Communication Studies

Admissions criteria:

To apply for admission, the applicant must supply the following materials:

  1. Complete an online application. An application fee will be charged at the time of applying online. Applicants must pay the application fee with a credit card.
  2. Submit official GRE scores. For students who earned their bachelor's degree more than three years ago, the GRE is recommended but not required.
  3. Submit one copy of official transcripts of all previous college work, both undergraduate and graduate. Transcripts will be submitted online by the student, and the applicant must send an official sealed copy to the department at the address listed below.
  4. Submit three letters of recommendation from individuals in a position to comment meaningfully on the applicant's potential for graduate work. Individuals writing letters will be sent an e-mail from College Net with instructions to fill out an evaluation form and attach a copy of their letter to that.  These items will be uploaded to the student's account when complete.
  5. Submit online a two to three page statement of purpose letter indicating the importance of your goals and academic interests and how these goals and interests relate to the sub-fields of Communication Studies upon which currently faculty focus.  If there are faculty members whose research/teaching you find particularly interesting, please list them at the conclusion of your statement.
  6. Submit online a resume or curriculum vita
  7. Submit a research writing sample

Applicants are evaluated on the overall strength of their materials based on a balance of the following criteria:  academic record as reflected in overall GPA and GPA in Communication Studies or a related major; the GRE or other appropriate tests for international applicants; the degree to which the statement of purpose represents a sophisticated interest in studying a sub-field emphasized by faculty in the department; the strength of recommendation letters; and the strength of the research sample submitted by the student.  While specific criteria are listed for the GRE and student grades, the final judgment is based on the overall strength of the application as reflected in all of the criteria listed.

 

Curriculum and course options

The Master of Arts in Communication Studies requires students to complete 30 hours of coursework and a set of comprehensive exams at the completion of coursework.

NOTE: The two required courses for the master’s degree - COMS 855 and COMS 859 -- are typically offered on a two year rotation. These courses should be taken in the first semester available to you.

You can complete all 30 credit hours of course requirements for the degree at the Edwards Campus in evening and online courses taught by the same nationally recognized KU faculty who teach in Lawrence. Here are some of the courses taught in the program (additional 930 electives are available and vary by semester):

COMS 730: Writing & Speaking for Decision Makers

Theory and application of communication strategies for corporate communication. This course presents rhetorical analysis of organizational situations and audiences, focusing on corporate decision-makers. Included are informative and persuasive communications such as board presentations, requests for proposal and responses to RFPs, grant proposals, and persuasive presentations for adoption, implementation, or evaluation of organizational programs. Course is limited to Regents Center students only.

COMS 930: Organizing Identity, Identification, and Stigma

This class is strategically designed to deepen our knowledge of issues of identity, identification, and stigma in organizational communication. Seminar participants will generate new ideas and discoveries about identity, identification and stigma through writing, theorizing, research and analysis of organizing practices. This course will provide a communication lens that seminar participants can use to understand and articulate their own identities and the identities of others as professionals and organizational members.

COMS: 811 Applied Organizational Communication

Communication is the central process in all organizational endeavors, and it profoundly influences both organizational outcomes and member satisfaction. This class considers key communication contexts and processes, including development and maintenance of relationships with peers, subordinates and supervisors, trust, feedback, persuasion and dealing with change. It also addresses team and group processes, work across cultures and generations, and effective use of communication technologies. In examining the often taken-for-granted ways in which organizations operate, organizational members can heighten the chances of their own and their organization’s success.

COMS 859: Prosm in Communication Studies

An overview and integration of communication studies based upon an examination of selected basic writings in the discipline.

COMS 930: Communication and Organizational Change

This is a course designed to introduce the student to the concepts of communication with the process of organizational change. Specific course objectives include the following:

·  Understanding the organizational change process and the literature that reflects the most current research on successful change process

·  Understanding communication frameworks within organizational change processes and the role that communication plays in the change process

·  Understanding the critical role of stakeholders in the change process

·  Opportunity to interact with leaders who are in the process of affecting change in their organizations

·  Opportunity to design an organizational change research project

·  Opportunity to improve communication and information seeking skills through research, presentations, and writing assignments. COMS 930: Organizational Socialization Practices

COMS 930: Communicating for Inclusion: Engaging Workplace Diversity

This course unpacks the full range of diversity that exists in modern organizations, and explores the communication practices, cultural norms and everyday interactions that can create a sense of belonging -- or facilitate exclusion and conflict. The course provides research-based frameworks for thinking about and authentically engaging with multiple forms of difference in the workplace, and provides an opportunity to craft a program designed to enhance authenticity and inclusive communication practices in your own workplace.

COMS 930: The Dark Side of Communication

This course explores the negative and dysfunctional facets of human relations that often emerge even within the "best" relationships in our lives. Dark side scholarship covers a wide array of topics including but not limited to: social aggression (i.e. bullying); domestic violence; stalking; mental illness; infidelity and "simple" relational turbulence. Together we will examine the literature and work with community professionals engaged in real world struggles to understand what theories might help us explain the "dark side" of communication and explore how we turn our communication behaviors toward the "light."

 

Graduate Certificate in Workplace Communication (12 hours)

Admissions requirements:

Individuals who are not already enrolled as KU graduate students must complete an application to the Graduate School for admission into the certificate program and submit an application fee along with the following materials:

  1. A Statement of Interest in the Professional Workplace Communication graduate certificate program. This 1-2 page narrative should summarize your education, employment history, your long-term career goals, and how this certificate will help you achieve these goals.
  2. Official undergraduate transcript.
  3. A letter of recommendation from someone familiar with your academic work or qualified to offer judgment on your ability to undertake graduate-level work (former professor or instructor, workplace supervisor).


For current KU graduate students wishing to add this certificate to their program of study

Current KU graduate students wishing to enroll in the Graduate Certificate in Professional Workplace Communication program will apply through the Graduate School. A student must be in good standing with their graduate degree program in order to participate in the certificate program.

A graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is required for admission. Awarding of certificates will be handled consistent with guidelines and timing of degree awards of the Graduate School. Completion of the certificate will appear on the graduate transcript.

KU graduate students should submit the following materials:

  1. A Statement of Interest in the Professional Workplace Communication certificate program and its relationship to your graduate course of study.
  2. An unofficial copy of your KU transcript.
  3. A letter of support from your graduate degree program (your advisor or graduate director).

 

Required Courses (6 hours)

Course

Credit Hr.

KU Code

COMS 811: Applied Organizational Communication

3

COMS 811

COMS 730: Writing & Speaking for Decision Makers

3

COMS 730

 

Elective Courses (6 hours, choose two; additional 930 electives are available and vary by semester)

Course

Credit Hr.

KU Code

COMS 930: Communication and Organizational Change

3

COMS 930

COMS 930: Communicating for Inclusion: Engaging Workplace Diversity

3

COMS 930

COMS 930: The Dark Side of Communication

3

COMS 930

 


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