Minnesota State University-Mankato

South Rd and Ellis Ave, Mankato, MN 56001

Communication Studies - MS

Program Details

The Communications Studies Master of Science program at Minnesota State University-Mankato gives students an extra advantage in a wide variety of career paths.  Students will advance their knowledge in areas from public speaking to managing effectively and resolving conflict within the workplace.  Communications is a broad a flexible area, and the program allows students to select courses to design their own program in order to meet their interests and career goals.  Courses are offered online and are highly interactive, letting students connect theory with real-world situations.

The program is 36 credit hours and involves courses in the major common core, major restricted electives, major unrestricted electives, and a final capstone course.  The common core courses include topics on communication theory, research methods, pedagogy, and a capstone prospectus.  Students who have a teaching assistant focus must also take a strategies course.  The restricted (within the department) and unrestricted (outside the department) electives are selected in consultation with an advisor, and the capstone credit involves an internship which is also set up with an advisor.

The MS degree is usually pursued by students wishing to gain knowledge that can be applied directly to a certain career path.  Students who wish to apply for this program must have a GPA of 2.75 or better in their overall undergraduate studies and 3.0 for the last two years of undergraduate studies.  No GRE score is necessary, though a score of 1200 may help students gain admittance if they do not meet other requirements.  A maximum of six graduate credits from NFL courses may be applied towards this program.

Program Overview:

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    100% Online
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Students must have a GPA of 2.75 or better in overall undergraduate studies and a 3.0 for the last two years of undergraduate work.

Accreditation & Licensing

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission



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