Degree Requirements

Graduate students in the Communication Advocacy M.A. will learn the frameworks of ethical leadership within global institutions, investigate culture as a site of struggle and unpack communication as an enactment and discipline of power.

The program has two areas of focus:

  1. globalization and leadership
  2. critical/cultural studies

The program is comprised of 33 units. All students will take a 12-unit core sequence that will help focus their interests and develop a strong foundation of communication skills, theories and research methods. The program then offers graduate students flexibility through courses within Globalization and Leadership and/or Critical/Cultural Studies. Students will also complete a 6-unit thesis or internship project.

Required Courses

Course Name Units
Qualitative Research Methods (COMM 500) 3
Communication Theory (COMM 501) 3
Introduction to Communication and Advocacy (COMM 600) 3
Instructional Communication (COMM 601) 3

Elective Courses

Course Name Units
Special Topics in Communication Studies (COMM 698) 3
Advanced Organizational Communication (COMM 700) 3
Organizational Advocacy (COMM 701) 3
Organizational Communication and Globalization (COMM 703) 3
Global Leadership Communication (COMM 705) 3
Critical/cultural Studies (COMM 751) 3
Cultural Rhetorics (COMM 752) 3
Advocacy and Performance (COMM 753) 3
Advanced Intercultural Communication (COMM 754) 3
Independent Study in Communication Studies (COMM 795) 1 - 6

Thesis or Internship Option

Students must choose between either the thesis or internship option.

Course Name Units
Communication Studies Thesis (COMM 800) 1 - 6
Internship (COMM 801) 1 - 6

Interdisciplinary Electives

Students must take 6 units outside of COMM from an approved course list or with advisor permission.