Ithaca College

Communications

Major Adviser: Diane Gayeski, Interim Chair of Graduate Program, gayeski@ithaca.edu

The master of science degree program in the Roy H. Park School of Communications prepares graduates to pursue professional careers as organizational communication and learning system designers and managers. Alumni of the program include media producers and communication managers in business, education, and human services; instructional designers; marketing media and public relations specialists; trainers; independent consultants and producers; and communication analysts. Students from all disciplines and professions are encouraged to apply to the communications program.

In addition to the courses described in the catalog, selected topics and contemporary issues courses regularly offer opportunities to study such topics as technical communication, global communication and learning, and integrated marketing and training strategies. A speaker series brings noted researchers and practitioners to campus to meet and address our students and faculty.

The Roy H. Park School of Communications is housed in an attractive facility that includes an interactive media and website development lab, desktop publishing and computer-based presentation support media systems, television studios, teleconferencing units, video field production and digital postproduction equipment, digital photo and audio labs, computer-based research and writing facilities, and a graduate student office and computer lab. These facilities, plus a faculty actively engaged in current research and practice, allow students to pursue interests in the areas of

  • organizational communication
  • multimedia, Internet, and intranet site development
  • organizational video and teleconferencing
  • e-learning and electronic performance support systems
  • design of learning systems and promotional campaigns
  • communication technology assessment
  • communication consulting and management
  • print and graphics design and layout
  • organizational culture and diversity

Application Requirements

Applicants to the graduate program in communications should include with their application a short letter stating their purpose for pursuing graduate study at Ithaca College and describing any relevant educational or professional experience.

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission to the master’s degree program, the candidate must have earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution. Overall grade point average at the undergraduate level and academic and/or professional recommendations are among the criteria considered for admission to the program. A personal interview is recommended. The program welcomes applicants from disciplines other than communications.

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 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 Journalism; Television-Radio; Cinema, Photography, and Media Arts; and Strategic Communication. 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.

Graduate Research Fellowships

A research fellowship may be awarded to one matriculated graduate student who is already enrolled in the program, based on demonstrated excellence in coursework and/or potential for scholarship. The research fellowship consists of a tax-free scholarship equivalent to a graduate assistantship (without the weekly work requirement).

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.