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Graduate Programs

Communications Graduate Program Details

Research Opportunities

The master's degree requires that students complete original research either in the form of a thesis or applied project. The doctoral degree requires that students complete original research and submit a formal dissertation prior to graduation. Students must select an advisor and committee. All will guide the student to the completion of the project, which includes an oral examination and defense. Additionally, all graduate students are challenged to pursue innovative and important research. That research should be conference ready and publishable in an academic journal.

Internships

Study Abroad Program

Graduate students are eligible to apply to the university’s British Studies Program. There is currently a British Journalism and Social Media course offered during the summer term. Graduate students are provided an enhanced research opportunity abroad, as well as an opportunity to explore the UK and surrounding countries. Those interested in the program or any study abroad opportunity, please visit the Office of Study Abroad website at: https://www.usm.edu/study-abroad.

Scholarships

A limited number of graduate assistantships may be awarded to qualified students by a competitive application process. Graduate Assistants receive an stipend and tuition waiver for up to 12 credit hours each term of the appointment.

--Students must apply by March 1 or notify the graduate coordinator of interest in an assistantship upon acceptance into the program.

--Potential graduate students will not be considered for award until they have been formally accepted into the program.

Enrolled students are considered for the Don George Teaching and Research Award and can apply for the Gene Wiggins and Arthur J. Kaul scholarships.

Unique Program Requirements

Specific Admission Requirements

  • Undergraduate record of an overall 3.0 GPA is required as well as a 3.0 major GPA
  • Scores from the GRE must be submitted.
  • Applicants whose native language is not English must attain a TOEFL score of 79.
  • Applicants must submit a 500-700 word goals statement.
  • Three letters of recommendation that refer to the student’s academic ability and preparation to pursue graduate study are required.
  • The admissions process takes into account the GPA, GRE, and the letters of recommendation. Students with a strong likelihood of success in advanced study will be admitted.

Other Distinctive Program Requirements

Please review the International Services web site for information regarding international graduate admissions:

  •  https://www.usm.edu/international-services

For questions specific to international students, contact Ms. Elizabeth Shoemake at

the International Student and Scholar Services Office:

Elizabeth.Shoemake@usm.edu

601-266-4841