Master of Science
Main Campus - Melbourne

Master of Science in Global Strategic Communication

The master of science program in global strategic communication stresses the development of strategic communication, new media and various forms of corporate communication. The degree program combines theory and document analysis with practice in generating written documents in a wide variety of forms and styles, from research-based papers and academic articles to formal reports and proposals; revising and editing technical, scientific and managerial documents for a variety of professional purposes; designing and publishing professionalquality documents; and problem solving and communication-oriented decision making in collaborative team environments.

Admission Requirements

An applicant should have a bachelor's degree (B.A., B.S. or B.B.A.) prior to admission. Because of the interdisciplinary nature of this graduate program, students with undergraduate degrees in a wide variety of fields (e.g., biological sciences, business, communication, computer science, engineering, English, journalism, management, psychology, and physical and social sciences) are encouraged to apply.

The admission decision is based on a review of the application documentation including transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work taken previously, two letters of recommendation from academic or professional sources, a statement of objectives and previous work experience. Although taking the GRE is not required, a satisfactory GRE score can strengthen the applicant's admission package.

General admission requirements and the process for applying are presented in the Academic Overview section of the university catalog.

Degree Requirements

The program consists of 36 credit hours of approved graduate coursework, including required, advanced and elective courses tailored to meet the student's professional needs. Students are required to complete 15 credit hours of core courses, 12 credit hours of advanced coursework in strategic global communication and three elective credit hours. To complete the program, a student either produces and defends a design project (six credit hours of COM 5990) or thesis (six credit hours of COM 5999), or takes an additional six credit hours of coursework and passes a final program examination. Students may choose to focus their study in the technical specialization (takes the place of nine credit hours of advanced coursework).


Core Courses (15 credit hours) CREDITS
COM 5100 Communication Theory 3
COM 5110 Strategic Communication 3
COM 5120 Mass Communication and Society 3
COM 5130 Global Communication 3
COM 5140 Communication Research Methods 3
Advanced Courses (12 credit hours from the following) 12
COM 5210 International Political Communication and Global Politics
COM 5220 Linguistics and World Languages
COM 5230 Argumentation Within and Across Cultures
COM 5310 Visual and Graphic Communication
COM 5320 New Media and Strategic Communication
COM 5340 Services Marketing Communication
COM 5410 Rhetoric and Discourse
COM 5420 Special Topics in Communication
COM 5430 Independent Study
COM 5440 Communication Internship
Technical Specialization (9 credit hours)
COM 5510 Covering Science and Technology
COM 5520 Proposal Writing
COM 5530 Technical Editing
Elective (Choose one elective from fields such as business or psychology, or from the advanced course list) 3

Nonthesis Option

A student may choose to complete 36 credit hours of coursework without completing a thesis or design project. In that case, the student must take a final program examination no earlier than the last full semester in which the student is registered for courses.

Thesis/Design Project

In lieu of six credit hours of coursework, the student may choose to complete either a traditional, research-based thesis or a design project (an extended problem-solving project exploring and resolving a designated situation in business, industry, government or education).

A thesis or design project proposal must be approved in advance by the student's committee. A defense of the thesis or the design project before the student's faculty committee is required. A unanimous vote of the student's committee is necessary for acceptance of the thesis or design project.