Feb 29, 2024  
2023-2024 University of Wyoming Catalog 
    
2023-2024 University of Wyoming Catalog

Communication, M.A.


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Administered by the Director of Graduate Studies, the programs are structured to facilitate completion of requirements for the M.A. degree in two years. Deficiency makeups may be required.

Admission Requirements:


Prospective students who are interested in this program are encouraged to contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Sandy Hsu (hsus@uwyo.edu), for more information and guidance regarding applying. To apply, please submit the following via the University of Wyoming’s online application system (http://www.uwyo.edu/admissions/apply.html): Statement of purpose, transcripts (a minimum of cumulative 3.0 GPA), three letters of recommendation, and writing samples. International applicants, who are not native English-speakers, must submit TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo scores.

If you want to be considered for a graduate teaching assistantship teaching either Public Speaking or Media Writing, the PR/Marketing graduate assistantship, the Wyoming Debate Union graduate assistantship, or the Rott research fellowship positions, please complete the online application by March 1. You must complete the GA application sent to you via email from the UW Office of Admissions (once you start an online application, UW Admissions will email you this document). You must also upload a resume to your online GA application. The resume should include a 3-5 minute video link that highlights and illustrates how you would approach being a teaching, marketing, or debate assistant. Those who apply for a research fellow must give a one-page summary about their research knowledge and capabilities and explain how their planned thesis or project is part of the journalism or media field.

Research Thesis: 31 Hours


31 hour program.

Students must complete an accepted research thesis approved by the student’s thesis committee.

Students must complete a minimum of 27 credit hours and 4 hours of thesis credit. A minimum of 24 hours must be within the department, with a maximum of 6 hours of independent study, 3 hours of internship credit hours, and 3 hours of 4000-level coursework.

Professional Project: 33 Hours


33 hour program.

Students must complete an accepted professional project (e.g., documentary film, public relations and marketing plan, website) approved by the student’s graduate committee. Students who chose the project option will be required to take 30 credit hours plus 3 hours of Graduate Project credits (for a total of 33 credit hours). A minimum of 27 hours must be taken within the department, with a maximum of 6 hours of independent study, 3 hours of internship credit hours, and 6 hours of 4000-level coursework.

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