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Degree Requirements

The M.A. in Communication degree requires a minimum of 32 hours of graduate credit. Twenty-four of those hours must be Communication courses from OU. This non-thesis program also requires a written comprehensive examination to be successfully completed before the candidate is recommended for a master's degree.

Degree Tracks

Two different tracks are available to students seeking an M.A. with a major in Communication. The General track is recommended for those seeking a liberal arts approach to graduate study. The Organizational Communication track is recommended for those intending to pursue careers in profit/non-profit, entrepreneurial, and government organizations.

The MA in Communication degree requires a minimum of 32 hours of graduate credit. Courses offered through OU Extended Campus are three credit hour courses.

General Track

Required Courses

COMM 5013 Introduction to Graduate Studies in Communication and one research method course from the following: 

  • COMM 5003 Quantitative Research Methods or
  • COMM 5023 Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods or
  • COMM 5053 Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods or
  • COMM 5313 Qualitative Research Methods: Participant Observation

Advisors

Communications
Shay Glover
shay.glover@ou.edu
(405) 325-7710

Main Campus Department

Electives

Along with the above core courses, students must take COMM electives to meet the minimum requirement of 26 Communication credit hours, which must be approved by the director. Elective hours can be a combination of COMM electives, other OU graduate classes and transfer work. Students may only earn up to 8 hours of credit from graduate courses taken in other OU programs or from transfer hours outside the University of Oklahoma from other universities. Transfer credits must be evaluated by the University and courses from other programs must be approved by the Department prior to enrollment. NOTE: The combined total of transfer hours and graduate credit from other OU programs may not exceed 8 credit hours.

Organizational Communications Track

Required Courses

  • COMM 5013 Introduction to Graduate Studies in Communication
  • COMM 5333 Organizational Communication
  • COMM 5010 (3 hours) Organizational Research Practicum    

 and one research method course from the following:

  • COMM 5003 Quantitative Research Methods or
  • COMM 5023 Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods or
  • COMM 5053 Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods or
  • COMM 5313 Qualitative Research Methods: Participant Observation

Electives

Elective guidelines outlined for the General Track apply to the Organizational Track as well, however only a total of 20 elective credit hours are needed.

Degree Completion

Grades Required for Degree Completetion

To qualify for a graduate degree, each student must have an overall grade point average of 3.00 ("B") in all graduate work taken at the University of Oklahoma.  For those students enrolled in our M.A. program, the two "C" rule is applied.  Any student who receives a second grade of "C" will be suspended from further enrollment until the student's graduate committee reviews and approves the student's appeal.

Standards of Performance

All Master’s degree students are required to maintain an overall 3.0 GPA in all graduate courses attempted. One grade of C will put the student on academic probation with the graduate college. The student will then have a 12-hour probationary period. The student must not make lower than a B or a grade of U during this time. At the end of the 12-hour probationary period, the student must have raised their overall GPA to 3.0. Failure of either of these two conditions will result in the student being unable to continue enrollment in graduate classes. Should a student receive two or more C’s, or give other indication to the professor of inability to pursue successfully the course of study towards the degree, the student will be required to petition to the graduate liaison to determine whether the student should be permitted to continue work in the Department of Communication.

Time Limitation for Degree Completetion

Five years, dated from the semester of initial enrollment, is the maximum time for degree completion. Extensions beyond this limit will result in disqualification of the over-aged credit. This time limit applies both to courses completed through University of Oklahoma and to courses approved for transfer credit.

Lapsed Enrollment

A graduate student who has a lapse of enrollment for one calendar year must reapply for admission following the same procedures as used for first time admission.  The student will then be subject to the regulations applicable during the term of the first enrollment after readmission.