Non-thesis option/comprehensive exams
The students with an applied focus will be required to take 36 units of courses and pass three comprehensive exams to complete the program. These will be written on-campus examinations in the following areas of the communications field – theory, research methods and a communication subject area chosen by the student. The examination questions will be approved by the graduate director and supervised by faculty who teach those courses. Only Mass Communication or Communication Studies graduate and associate graduate faculty can submit comprehensive exam questions. Students may take comprehensive exams after they have completed 30 units of courses or after they have completed all their coursework.
Note: Students must pass all three comprehensive exams. To provide flexibility in faculty evaluation of comprehensive exam answers, there will be three categories of passing: Low Pass, Pass or Pass with excellence. If students fail an exam, they can retake it once. If students fail an exam a second time, they will be dismissed from the program.
Electives – at least 9 units of the electives should be from COMM/MCOM.
Electives from Outside the MCCS Department: