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The Master of Arts with a major in Communication provides the expertise individuals need for effective participation in an information-based society. Our students come from and are hired into a wide variety of careers in business and industry, government, religion and social services.

Graduates of this degree program are active in personnel management, public relations, consulting, community leadership, and other occupations where an ability to communicate effectively is vital to success. Offering masters degrees starting in 1937 and the Ph.D. degree since 1971, the OU Department of Communication views communicative behavior as basic to human activity, to individual development, to interpersonal social relationships, and to the functions of political, economic, cultural, and social institutions. Through research and theory-building, we seek to understand how individuals use symbols to interpret and act within their environment. Our students investigate communication processes as they occur within and among individuals, groups, organizations, and societies. In doing so, they learn to communicate more effectively and to facilitate the communication effectiveness of others.

Admission to this Communication program is limited to those students who have successfully completed an undergraduate degree program. Undergraduate degrees may be from a variety of social, behavioral, natural, or physical sciences background. Most undergraduate degrees are acceptable. There are no course work prerequisite requirements for admission to the program. Admission applications can be found at:

Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 for admission. Some students may be eligible for conditional admission if their GPA ranges from 2.76-2.99. Conditional admission will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Students admitted with Conditional Admission (due to low grades) must earn a GPA of 3.25 on the first twelve hours of course work, earning no letter grade below a "B".

The M.A. in Communication degree requires a minimum of thirty-two hours of graduate credit. Twenty-four of those hours must be Communication courses from OU. This non-thesis program also requires a written comprehensive examination to be successfully completed before the candidate is recommended for a master's degree.

Two different tracks are available to students seeking an M.A. with a major in Communication. The General track is recommended for those seeking a liberal arts approach to graduate study. The Organizational Communication track is recommended for those intending to pursue careers in profit/non-profit, entrepreneurial, and government organizations.

The MA in Communication degree requires a minimum of 32 hours of graduate credit. Courses offered through Advanced Programs are 3 credit hour courses. This non-thesis program requires a written comprehensive examination to be successfully completed in order to earn a master's degree.

Required Courses:

  • COMM 5013 Introduction to Graduate Studies in Communication

AND ONE research method course from the following:

  • COMM 5003 Quantitative Research Methods or
  • COMM 5023 Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods or
  • COMM 5053 Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods or
  • COMM 5313 Qualitative Research Methods: Participant Observation


Along with the above core courses, students must take COMM electives to meet the minimum requirement of 26 Communication credit hours, which must be approved by the director. Elective hours can be a combination of COMM electives, other OU graduate classes and transfer work. Students may only earn up to 8 hours of credit from graduate courses taken in other OU programs or from transfer hours outside the University of Oklahoma from other universities. Transfer credits must be evaluated by the University and courses from other programs must be approved by the Department prior to enrollment. NOTE: The combined total of transfer hours and graduate credit from other OU programs may not exceed 8 credit hours.

Required Courses:

  • COMM 5013 Introduction to Graduate Studies in Communication
  • COMM 5333 Organizational Communication
  • COMM 5010 (3 hours) Organizational Research Practicum

AND ONE research method course from the following:

  • COMM 5003 Quantitative Research Methods or
  • COMM 5023 Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods or
  • COMM 5053 Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods or
  • COMM 5313 Qualitative Research Methods: Participant Observation


Elective guidelines outlined for the General Track apply to the Organizational Track as well, however only a total of 20 elective credit hours are needed.

COMM 5023 Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods:
This course introduces the study of communication (and related fields) from a scientific perspective. While some statistics will be included in the course, no prior knowledge is required. 


COMM 5003 Quantitative Research Methods:
Overview of contemporary approaches and issues in the conduct of quantitative research in communication. Topics may include nonparametric designs and multivariate techniques such as regression, factor analysis, canonical correlations and discriminate analysis.


COMM 5053 Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods:
Prerequisite: Graduate student standing. Introduction to various qualitative methododological strategies used in the social sciences for students not pursuing a Ph.D. Examines the relationship of method and theory and the process of collecting, coding, and analyzing data. 


COMM 5313 Qualitative Research Methods:
Introduces the students to the use of qualitative methods in social sciences research. Students will learn how to use participant observation, informal interviewing and other techniques to collect information on social sciences topics.


COMM 5013 Introduction to Graduate Studies in Communication:
Traces the development of research and professions in communication, providing and integrative conception of the discipline and an introduction to research and theory formulation. Students are exposed to those skills critical to success in graduate training in communication.

Organizational Track

COMM 5013 Introduction to Graduate Studies in Communication
See above.


COMM 5053 Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods
See above.


COMM 5003 Quantitative Research Methods
See above.


COMM 5023 Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods 
See above.


COMM 5313 Qualitative Research Methods
See above.


COMM 5010 Organizational Research Practicum:
Course is intended to provide practical research experience in an organization.  Student's departmental advisor and organization's sponsor must agree through a written contract about the goals, plan and activities associated with the research project.  Prerequisite: Student must have two-thirds of the courses required completed and permission of advisor.


COMM 5333 Organizational Communication:
Focuses on the communication environment of organizations, both internal and external, emphasizing implications of organizational designs for communication, communication principles to motivate employees, and the role of communication for productivity and quality of life.

To qualify for a graduate degree, each student must have an overall grade point average of 3.00 ("B") in all graduate work taken at the University of Oklahoma.  For those students enrolled in our M.A. program, the two "C" rule is applied.  Any student who receives a second grade of "C" will be suspended from further enrollment until the student's graduate committee reviews and approves the student's appeal.

All Master’s degree students are required to maintain an overall 3.0 GPA in all graduate courses attempted. One grade of C will put the student on academic probation with the graduate college. The student will then have a 12-hour probationary period. The student must not make lower than a B or a grade of U during this time. At the end of the 12-hour probationary period, the student must have raised their overall GPA to 3.0. Failure of either of these two conditions will result in the student being unable to continue enrollment in graduate classes. Should a student receive two or more C’s, or give other indication to the professor of inability to pursue successfully the course of study towards the degree, the student will be required to petition to the graduate liaison to determine whether the student should be permitted to continue work in the Department of Communication.

Five years, dated from the semester of initial enrollment, is the maximum time for degree completion. Extensions beyond this limit will result in disqualification of the over-aged credit. This time limit applies both to courses completed through University of Oklahoma and to courses approved for transfer credit. The student and advisor may petition the Director of Graduate Studies for a one-year extension if an additional year is needed to complete the degree. The student, advisor, and Graduate Dean must be notified in writing of the department’s decision. If the decision is denied, the student will be dismissed. An extension of time beyond one year will require approval from the Graduate Dean. The department is required to describe how it will determine that the student is still current in the discipline during any extension. This may involve re-examination or additional course work.

A graduate student who has a lapse of enrollment for one calendar year must reapply for admission following the same procedures as used for first time admission.  The student will then be subject to the regulations applicable during the term of the first enrollment after readmission.

The maximum of transfer credits accepted for the Master of Arts with a major in Communication is no more than twenty-five percent of the credit hours required for the degree. No graduate credit may be earned by correspondence courses. To be used as transfer credit, the credit MUST:

  • Represent valid graduate credit earned in graduated level courses at an accredited university.
  • Carry a grade of A, B, or S (Satisfactory) (any B- is not transferable)
  • Not be more than six years old at the time of admission to the degree program. (in special cases, credit more than six years old may be transferred if recommended and validated by the Graduate College.)
  • Be applicable to the degree program.
  • Be approved by the Department of Communication and the Graduate College.

Credit hours previously presented and counted for one master's degree may not be applied toward satisfying the requirements of a second master's degree with exception. The student must submit an Early Evaluation of Transfer Credit form before the credit can be transferred in. This is to be done after the course is completed. This form is available online at

Military courses may also be reviewed as part or all of the 8 hours of transfer credit accepted. Courses are reviewed and approved on a case-by-case basis by the Department.

In addition to the core course courses students select course work to use as electives. Students may earn no more than 6 credit hours of S/U work. Students also cannot earn more than 6 hours of IDR credit. A student who is uncertain whether a course would count as an elective should contact his or her advisor.

Students enrolled in the AP or Extended Campus Programs may take Norman Campus classes if room is available or with instructor consent. It is important that these students know that their enrollment in these classes does not indicate admissions to the programs offered on the Norman Campus and may have a positive or negative impact on any future application to one of those programs.

The semester prior to taking comprehensive exams, the student must submit an Admission to Candidacy form. The candidacy form can be found at (pdf). Please note and adhere to the deadlines listed on page 7 of this handbook.

The form will list all 32 hours of course work applied to the degree. If courses have not been taken yet, then the student will project those courses on the form. On the second page of the form, the student will list the date they plan to take comprehensive exams.

NOTE: The Admission to Candidacy form and Graduation Application are separate forms, both of which are required for degree completion.

Students should notify the Communication Advisor the semester before planning to take the examination to discuss available professors for your exams. To be eligible to take the comprehensive exam, a student must:

  • Be enrolled in at least two graduate credit hours in the semester in which the general comprehensive examination is held.
  • Have an approved Admission to Candidacy form on file by applicable deadlines before the exam is to be taken.
  • Have 75% of his or her degree requirements completed.
  • Have completed all core courses.
    • In order for a course to be considered completed, it must be graded and on the student’s official record. Incomplete grades (I’s) are not acceptable.

Exams consist of a minimum of three subject areas and total eight hours. One area must come from a core course. All exams are closed notes/books and will be taken on site. The exams will take place over a period of no more than two weeks. Students will not receive exam questions in advance. Once a student begins answering a question, they must complete it in the time allotted. A student may not go back to a question once it is finished. If a student fails the comprehensive exam, it may be retaken once more in either of the two following semesters. The exam may not be taken a third time.

The candidacy form must be received in the Department of Communication

No Later thanFor semester to take exam
Date of Examination
The 1st Monday in OctoberSpring comprehensive examNo later than April 1
The 1st Monday in April Fall comprehensive examNo later than November 1

The department does not schedule summer exams. 

**These dates are according to Graduate College deadlines. The department asks you submit your candidacy form to them 30 days prior to these deadlines in order to ensure the forms reach the graduate college by their deadline.

After Admission to Candidacy form has been approved:

  • Call Stephanie Terrazas (405.325.7710) to discuss the semester and approximate date of examination.
  • Make arrangements with Site Manager for specific date(s) and time(s) to take exam.  Department will then request authority from the Graduate College to release exam.
  • Contact the Department to discuss the availability of professors to write comprehensive exam questions. Keep in mind that one exam question must come from a core course.
  • Contact professors, to request him/her to write a comprehensive exam question.  A copy of this email should be sent to Department advisor ( This correspondence must take place a minimum of 60 days prior to taking exams.
  • Contact professor regarding materials needed to help prepare for the exam.
  • Confirm date(s) and time(s) with Site Manager the day before the exam is to be administered.

Graduation applications are due October 1st for fall graduates, and March 1st for spring graduates. 

The application for graduation is now available online.

Communication Department
The University of Oklahoma
Department of Communication
610 Elm Avenue, Room 101
Norman, OK 73019-2018
Phone: (405) 325-3111
Fax: (405) 325-7625

Communication Department Advisor
Stephanie Terrazas
Phone: (405) 325-7710

Extended Campus Coordinator
Kristi Wright
Phone: (405) 325-3112

Office of Academic Records
1000 Asp Avenue, Room 330
Norman, OK 73019-4076
Fax: (405) 325-7047