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Ithaca College Graduate Catalog 2002-2003

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Master of Science in Communications

A minimum of 36 credits is required to complete the master's degree program, including 18 credits of required coursework and 9 required elective credits. The remaining credits may be selected, with the adviser's approval, from the elective courses provided in the program. Candidates who wish to pursue a thesis may do so upon approval by the graduate committee. Up to 6 credits of related graduate work from an accredited institution may be transferred with approval of the candidate's adviser, if the course grade is B or better and if the work has been completed no more than three years before the request for transfer of credit.

Normally, full-time students can complete the 36-credit program in three semesters or in two semesters and two summer sessions. Applicants interested in part-time study are also invited. All coursework must be completed within six years of matriculation into the program.

Required Courses -- 18 credits


Organizational Media Production


Designing Systems and Messages


Management of Organization Communication, Learning, and Design


Research Methods in Communications


Communication and Organization Theory


Seminar: Theory in Practice

Required Elective Courses -- 9 credits
Media Production (select one)


Visual Design and Organizational Presentations


Corporate Communication Media


E-Learning Systems

Organizational Communication and Management (select one)


Organizational Culture and Diversity


Communication Technology and Organizations

Applications (select one)


Organizational Communication Campaigns


Learning Systems

Elective Courses -- 9 credits


Selected Topics*


Contemporary Issues*


Organizational Video Design and Productionp


Online Learning & Collaboration






Thesis or any other remaining course in the program

*May be used with permission of graduate chair to satisfy required electives.

Graduate Assistantships

A limited number of graduate assistantships are awarded each semester based on the applicants' scholastic records and their ability to assist faculty members in teaching and research. Financial assistance consists of two parts -- a tax-free scholarship and a taxable work-related salary. The appointment normally requires 8-12 hours of work per week. Graduate assistants are normally assigned to work with faculty in the Departments of Organizational Communication, Learning, and Design;Journalism;Television-Radio; and Cinema and Photography. They assist with classes, tutor students, conduct research, supervise labs, and work in related professional areas such as organizing speaker series and coordinating media programs. Duties and responsibilities of each graduate assistant are arranged by the graduate chair.

Academic Advising

The chair of the graduate program in communications serves as the academic adviser for all students enrolled in the program. Students writing a thesis select, with the approval of the chair, a thesis adviser and two readers from among the graduate faculty in the Park School.

Pass/Fail Option

Degree candidates must take all communication courses, whether required or elective, for a letter grade. The only exceptions are internships, which are only offered pass/fail.

Thesis Option

The thesis option is designed for students who wish to pursue theoretical research and make an original contribution to knowledge in the field of communications. Students must receive approval from the communications graduate committee and show evidence of a detailed research plan as well as mastery of the research skills, tools, and concepts needed to conduct the proposed research. Upon approval by the graduate committee, the student selects, with the chair's approval, a thesis adviser and two additional committee members who then evaluate a thesis proposal. An oral defense of the thesis is required.
Students enrolled in the thesis option who have completed all coursework except the thesis will be required to enroll in at least one credit of thesis each semester until they finish their degree. Students should work with their program advisers to plan an appropriate course and credit schedule. For international students this schedule will be reflected in the immigration paperwork.

Comprehensive Examinations

All degree candidates are required to pass a written comprehensive examination covering material from the required courses as well as current theory and practice. To be eligible for this examination, a student must have a minimum 3.0 GPA, and have completed at least 24 credits by the end of the semester in which the exam takes place, including
Organizational Media Production;
223-64000 Designing Systems and Messages;
223-64100 Management of Organizational Communication, Learning, and Design;
223-64400 Communication and Organization Theory; and
223-64300 Research Methods in Communication.

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