University Catalog 2024-2025

Communication (MS)

Master of Science Degree Requirements

Core Theory Course3
Human Communication Theory
Core Methods Courses 16
Critical and Interpretive Inquiry in Communication
Quantitative Research Methods in Applied Communication
Qualitative Research Methods in Applied Communication
Elective Courses27
Select 27 credit hours of elective courses. See "Elective Courses" listed below.
Total Hours36

Students choose six (6) hours from among these courses.

Elective Courses 

Select remaining coursework from these options: 227
COM 508Emerging Technologies and Society3
COM 514History Of Rhetoric3
COM 516Rhetorical Criticism: Theory and Practice3
COM 521Communication and Globalization3
COM 522Critical Approaches to Organizational Communication3
COM 523International and Intercultural Communication3
COM 525Group/Team Communication3
COM 526Media Economics3
COM 527Seminar in Organizational Conflict Management3
COM 528Communication Culture and Technology3
COM 529Communication Campaigns3
COM 530Interpersonal Communication in Science and Technology Organizations3
COM 532Communication Consulting3
COM 536Seminar in Environmental Communication3
COM 537Gaming and Social Networks3
COM 538Risk Communication3
COM 540Critical and Interpretive Inquiry in Communication3
COM 541Quantitative Research Methods in Applied Communication3
COM 542Qualitative Research Methods in Applied Communication3
COM 543Visual Content Analysis3
COM 546Nonprofit Marketing and Public Relations3
COM 547Mobile Media and Communication3
COM 554Contemporary Rhetorical Theory3
COM 556Seminar In Organizational Communication3
COM 562Communication and Social Change3
COM 563Public Relations Theory3
COM 566Seminar In Crisis Communication3
COM 579Climate Change Communication3
COM 581Visual Rhetoric: Theory and Criticism3
COM 585Teaching College Communication3
COM 587Internet & Society3
COM 598Special Topics In Communication3
COM 630Independent Study in Communication 33
COM 650Communication Internship 33
COM 695MR Thesis Research 3,43

Students may also choose up to nine (9) credit hours from outside the Department of Communication to count toward the elective requirement.


Students cannot count more than six (6) credit hours of this course toward the degree.


Students cannot count this course toward the degree if they finish their degree with the comprehensive examination.

Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's Degree Requirements

The Accelerated Bachelors/Master’s (ABM) degree program allows exceptional undergraduate students at NC State an opportunity to complete the requirements for both the Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at an accelerated pace. These undergraduate students may double count up to 12 credits and obtain a non-thesis Master’s degree in the same field within 12 months of completing the Bachelor’s degree, or obtain a thesis-based Master’s degree in the same field within 18 months of completing the Bachelor’s degree.

This degree program also provides an opportunity for the Directors of Graduate Programs (DGPs) at NC State to recruit rising juniors in their major to their graduate programs. However, permission to pursue an ABM degree program does not guarantee admission to the Graduate School. Admission is contingent on meeting eligibility requirements at the time of entering the graduate program.


Full Professors

  • Deanna P. Dannels
  • Adriana Araujo de Souza e Silva
  • Victoria J. Gallagher
  • Jessica Katz Jameson
  • Melissa A. Johnson
  • Joann Keyton
  • William J. Kinsella
  • Robert Laurence Schrag
  • Kenneth S. Zagacki

Associate Professors

  • Andrew Ray Binder
  • Elizabeth Ann Craig
  • James Kiwanuka-Tondo
  • Kama A. Kosenko
  • Marcelo Luise Ardon Sayao
  • Sarah R. Stein
  • Stephen B. Wiley

Assistant Professors

  • Yang Cheng
  • Fernanda Duarte
  • Nicole Marie Lee
  • Ariel Seay-Howard
  • Cordarrell Self

Emeritus Faculty

  • Daniel A. DeJoy
  • Edward T. Funkhouser
  • William J. Jordan
  • Rebecca Leonard
  • Burton Lester Russell
  • Robert Laurence Schrag
  • Craig Allen Smith
  • Sarah R Stein


  • Kathleen Anne Sturgis
  • Jory Philip Weintraub