Graduate Studies

A unique opportunity in northwest Indiana

The Master’s degree program within the Department of Communication and Creative Arts at Purdue University Calumet offers a broad range of courses covering theories and research methodologies in the following areas: mass communication, interpersonal communication, organizational communication, performance studies, political communication, rhetoric and speech communication. The program is highly flexible and allows each graduate student to plan his/her course of study in consultation with an academic advisor.

The program is designed specifically to meet the needs of individuals who live and work in northwest Indiana and who want to complete advanced, highly focused, courses of study in human communication. Scores of graduate students have successfully completed the program to qualify for career advancement to prepare for doctoral study, or to satisfy their own curiosity about the most fundamental human behaviors, communication.

The program is unique in northwest Indiana; no other campus in this area has one. The courses leading to the Master of Arts in Communication degree are offered during evening hours because that’s when managers, teachers, account executives, and other information specialists have told us they can take courses.

The courses leading to the Master of Arts in Communication degree are scheduled so that it is possible – although it requires dedication and perseverance – to complete the degree program in two years.

In short, this MA program is designed for you!

Admission Requirements

  1. Fill out on-line application.
  2. Three letters of recommendation
  3. Applicant’s statement of purpose
  4. Two copies of official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.
  5. $55.00 application fee paid on-line when submitting application.

Admission Process

  1. Official Admission
    1. An undergraduate grade point average of 3.0, based on a 4.0 scale.
    2. An undergraduate degree in Communication, related disciplines, or strong minor.
    3. Completion of regular application process (application form, application fee, 2 copies of official transcripts from ALL institutions attended, 3 letters of recommendations, statement of purpose).
  2. Conditional Admission
    1. A prospective student whose overall undergraduate GPA is below 3.0, may be admitted conditionally. He/she is required to maintain a 3.0 graduation index for the first 9-12 hours in order to continue in the program. The department may pose other requirements for official admission.
    2. Any prospective student may enroll in graduate-level courses prior to applying for official admission into the graduate program by completing a “temporary” application form (online). These courses (limited to 4 graduate level courses or 12 credit hours) may be applied toward the degree requirements upon official admission.

Required Coursework

  1. All graduate students must complete either COM 582 or COM 584 regardless of their program emphasis.
  2. A total of 36 credit hours are required for completion of the master’s program.
    1. 9 hours of Theory courses
    2. 9 hours of Application/Research Methods courses
    3. 15 hours of elective work
    4. Students may take graduate level courses outside the department in consultation with their advisors. Please note that no more than 9 hours may be taken outside the department.
    5. Students are permitted two independent studies/directed readings in the course of their studies, which will be listed as a COM 590 course.
    6. Students may take no more than 6 credit hours at the 400 level in consultation with their advisors.
  3. Plan of Study

Transfer of credits

No more than 9 credits (3 courses) from other accredited institutions, taken within 10 years prior to completion of the degree program, may be accepted at the discretion of the department.

Special opportunities for you

Graduate teaching assistantships may be available for highly qualified students. If you wish to apply for a graduate teaching assistantship, you must first be admitted as a regular graduate student.

Special facilities

Facilities include new studios with radio and color television equipment for advanced production work. University library facilities are excellent, and the availability of special collections in the Chicago area is unparalleled.

Advisor Selection/Graduation Committee

  1. Upon completion of 12 credit hours, student must select an academic advisor (examination committee chair).
  2. The student and the advisor will plan a course of study for the remaining 24 credit hours.
  3. Prior to the completion of the 24th credit hour, students must select two remaining committee members for their advisory committees.
  4. The student and the committee will discuss and determine an appropriate graduation examination format. Usual options include:
    1. Comprehensive Exams
    2. Conference Quality Paper
    3. Performance
    4. Thesis