The Master of Arts program in Communication Studies requires a minimum of 36 semester hours of graduate credit, including at least 30 semester hours earned at the University of Iowa and in courses numbered above 4999. No more than 6 s.h. that are numbered between 3000 and 4999 may be counted toward the major. Students must earn a program g.p.a. of at least 3.00 in major coursework.

Media, history and culture is the only specialization currently accepting MA students.

For additional information on the Master of Arts program in Communication Studies, including courses, curriculum, and requirements, visit the UI General Catalog.

Learning Outcomes

  • Learn to interpret and contribute to communication research using qualitative, quantitative, and critical-cultural methods.
  • Evaluate and apply communication theories broadly conceived to a range of social, cultural, interpersonal, and other contextual and communicative settings.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with relevant subfields of scholarship in communication studies and related disciplines.
  • Begin relevant professional training (such as teaching technologies; pedagogy; grant writing; diversity, equity, and inclusion; digital scholarship; media production; or community engagement) to contribute to better and more equitable educational and social outcomes, and to develop transferable skills for employment both inside and outside of academic settings.
  • Cultivate the skills to communicate in writing and orally to both professional and popular audiences in ways that demonstrate intercultural competence and personal and social responsibility.

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