Dec 14, 2019  
2017-2018 Graduate Bulletin 
    
2017-2018 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Communication Studies


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Wendy Atkins-Sayre, Ph.D., Chair
118 College Drive #5131
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001
(601)266-4271

Anthony, Atkins-Sayre, Coleman, Hosman, Jung, Maugh, Meyer, Strait, Venette

The Department of Communication Studies offers the Master of Arts, Master of Science, and the Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Communication with a Communication Studies emphasis.

Admission

Admission deadlines for master's and doctoral students are the same as those published by the Graduate School. Students seeking assistantships for the fall semester are strongly encouraged to apply prior to January 15.

Admission requirements are the same as those of the university, with the following additions:

Applicants for the Master's Program

Regular Admission:

Undergraduate Record—A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on the last 60 hours from all institutions is required along with a 3.0 GPA in the major.

Graduate Record Examination—Scores from the GRE must be submitted (all sections).

Test of English as a Foreign Language—Applicants whose native language is not English must attain a TOEFL score of 80.

Letters of Recommendation—Three current letters of recommendation that refer to the student's academic ability and preparation to pursue graduate study must be submitted. Normally these will be requested from faculty who have taught or supervised the student.

Conditional Admission:

Undergraduate Record—The cumulative GPA of the last 60 hours from all institutions is usually 2.75 or better.

Graduate Record Examination—Official reports of GRE scores must be submitted.

Test of English as a Foreign Language—Applicants whose native language is not English must attain a TOEFL score of 80.

Letters of Recommendation—Three current letters of recommendation that refer to the student's academic ability and preparation to pursue graduate study must be submitted. Normally these will be requested from faculty who have taught or supervised the student.

To remove conditional admission status, master's students must earn a 3.00 on the first nine (9) semester hours of coursework numbered 500 or above or on all coursework taken while completing this nine (9) hour requirement. The courses must be taken in the Communication Studies department.

Applicants for the Doctoral Program

Regular Admission:

Master's Record—A cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better is required.

Graduate Record Examination—Official scores from the GRE must be submitted.

Test of English as a Foreign Language—Applicants whose native language is not English must attain a TOEFL score of 80.

Letters of Recommendation—Three current letters of recommendation that refer to the student's academic ability and preparation to pursue graduate study must be submitted. Normally these will be requested from faculty who have taught or supervised the student.

Statement of Goals—Applicants must submit a written statement of goals (500-750 words). These statements enable the applicant to discuss career plans, and supply additional information that will assist in selecting those individuals who can most benefit from and contribute to scholarship in the field and in the program.

Writing Sample — A single-authored sample of scholarly writing must be submitted. 

Conditional Admission:

Students who do not meet the requirements for regular admission may be considered for conditional admission. The requirements for letters of recommendation, statement of goals, and writing sample are the same as for regular admission, as are requirements for TOEFL for international students.

To remove conditional admission status, doctoral students must earn a 3.5 on the first nine (9) semester hours of coursework numbered 600 or above or on all coursework taken while completing this nine (9) hour requirement. The courses must be in Communication Studies.

Programs

    Master of ArtsMaster of ScienceDoctor of Philosophy

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