Thesis Option

Students pursuing the thesis option are required to complete 30 credit hours of coursework. Of this coursework, 6 to 9 credit hours must be COMM 6960: Thesis Research and Preparation.

A thesis is a substantive piece of original research. Theses must be supervised and approved by a committee of at least three graduate faculty members. The remaining credit hours will consist of graduate-level electives reflective of the student's interests and areas of specialization within the degree.

Students interested in pursuing a thesis seek out a thesis advisor who will serve as the chairperson of their thesis committee. 

Theses are generally developed and completed over the course of at least two semesters. The student first develops the thesis proposal and completes any necessary preliminary research under the supervision of the thesis advisor. Provided that the thesis proposal is approved by the student's three-person committee, the student carries out the research and writes up the findings the following semester.