Frequently Asked Questions

Common questions from prospective graduate applicants.

Q. Does program transfer graduate credit from another institution?

A. Yes. A student entering from another institution may transfer up to 18 credit hours toward the 72 credit hour program.

Q. My BA/MA is not in communication; may I still apply?

A. Yes. Many of our students arrive with various backgrounds, including psychology, information science, engineering, and political science.

Q. What do most students do after graduating with an MA from the program?

A. Almost all of our MA students enter doctoral programs in communication after completing the MA or work in research-oriented consulting jobs.

Q.  Can I complete the masters' degree online?

A. No.  Although occasional courses may be offered in an online format, the MA program is an in-person program.

Q. How long does it typically take to earn the doctorate?

A. A student with an MA degree typically requires 4 years to complete the doctorate.

Q.  Do you have to have an MA first before entering the doctoral program?

A. Yes.

Q.  Can I complete the doctoral program online?

A. No, our program is offered in-person only.