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Graduate Program in Communication Studies

Master's Program in Communication Studies

The Communication Studies & Journalism graduate program offers Master of Arts (M.A.) degrees with specializations in either Communication Studies or Journalism. The Communication Studies specialization is a broad-based graduate degree for students with an undergraduate degree in communication studies or related areas.

Course offerings include Instructional Communication, Advanced Interpersonal Communication, Organizational Communication, Research Methods, Rhetorical Criticism, Health Communication and more. Graduate students also work with faculty on cutting-edge research and are eligible for the Graduate Student Achievement Award.

Learn more about the admission requirements and program requirements for this exciting program!

For more information, contact the Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Jenn Anderson.


 

Graduate Assistantships

 

Competitive graduate teaching assistantships in the Communication Studies department provide full tuition remission and a competitive stipend for the academic year. Forensics (speech and debate team) assistantships are also sometimes available. Teaching assistants in the Communication Studies specialization receive substantial instructional training and serve as the instructors of record for our award-winning SPCM 101: Fundamentals of Speech course.

To be considered for a Graduate Teaching Assistantship in the Department of Communication Studies upload a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to the online application system AND email it to the Interim Department Head, Dr. Joshua Westwick, at joshua.westwick@sdstate.edu.

""GTAs with Dr. Joshua Westwick, Basic Course Director
Communication Studies Graduate Teaching Assistants, with Basic Course Director, Dr. Joshua Westwick.

Above, several Communication Studies Graduate Teaching Assistants are pictured with Basic Course Director Dr. Joshua Westwick, upon receiving their Certificate of Teaching Excellence from the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning.


 

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