Group 2 requirements

For PhD students with an MA in Communication from another university

All courses carry 3 credits unless otherwise specified.

Department core courses (12 credits)*

  • Comm 611: Introduction to Theories and Concepts of Human Communication
  • Comm 620: Research Methods I
  • Comm 621: Research Methods II
  • One course (3 credits) from the following:
    • Comm 691B: Seminar in Media Theory
    • Comm 613: Introduction to Theories of Social Interaction
    • Comm 665: Contemporary Rhetorical Theory (or its equivalent)
    • Comm 693D: Introduction to Film Theory

* Students with prior preparation in the content areas covered in the core courses may seek a waiver from the Graduate Program Director, but this will not reduce the overall number of credits required.

Research tool (6 credits)

In addition to Comm 620 and Comm 621, two courses designated as "tool courses" are required. Tool courses facilitate dissertation research. It will be up to your Guidance Committee to specify particular competencies. For example, students doing quantitative research will probably need advanced work in statistics; students doing historical-critical research in rhetoric will probably need an additional course in historiography and/or rhetorical or cultural criticism; students doing fieldwork will need advanced work in ethnography.

Additional course requirements/guidelines

  • Up to 30 graduate credits may be transferred from another university
  • At least 6 UMass graduate course credits must be earned outside of the department
  • 12 department course credits at the 700–800 level, exclusive of independent study credits
  • Maximum of 6 hours of independent study credit and 6 hours of tutorial credit (counted toward 66)
  • 30 hours of Communication credits, of which no more than 6 can be independent study