Program Requirements (Catalog Year 2020-2021)
- 33 credit hours (at least 30 at the 6000-level).
- Grade of B- or better in all courses counting toward the degree.
- Overall GPA of at least 3.0.
- Successful completion of a thesis, project and/or appropriate course work.
Course Requirements for MPC
Course offerings by semester
Foundational Courses (9 credit hours)
Research Methods Course (3 credit hours)
Choose one of the two courses listed below:
Core Courses (12 credit hours)
Choose four of the six courses listed below:
Students may choose to complete the final 9 credit hours in one of the following tracks:
- MPC 6900 - Thesis/Project I Credits: (3)
- 6 credit hours of master’s level electives, chosen in consultation with the MPC program director.
- Elective 1 (3)
- Elective 2 (3)
- Elective 3 (3)
- At least 6 credit hours must come from elective courses at the 6000 level.
- No more than 3 credit hours of dual designated MPC courses at the 5000 level.
Dual-Designation or "Swing" Courses
The following dual designation courses are designed to fill gaps in the undergraduate preparation of students who wish to command the broadest understanding of professional communication. While the courses are accessible to students who have not taken the corresponding undergraduate courses, the graduate courses differ from undergraduate counterparts in demanding greater depth and breadth in all major aspects of each course such as reading, writing, presentation, projects, etc.
Of the 9 elective credit hours in the Master of Professional Communication degree, only 3 may be 5000-level courses and must be approved by the MPC program director before registration.
Transfer credit must be approved by the program director and cannot exceed 12 hours. Transfer classes must be at an appropriate level and fulfill the objectives of the MPC. No courses for which credit was used to fulfill requirements of another degree may be used toward the MPC degree.
To earn the MPC degree, candidates must complete all Communication courses with a grade of B- or higher. In addition, the overall program GPA must be 3.0 or higher. Failure to maintain a 3.0 grade point average, or 2 consecutive course sessions where a grade lower than C has been earned, will result in academic probation in accordance with departmental policies.
Students may only take more than 9 credit hours per semester with permission from the program director and the registration office. Nine (9) credit hours is considered full-time for graduate students.
Time for Degree Completion
MPC students have a maximum of six calendar years to complete their degree requirements, starting from the first semester during which the student has registered and begun taking classes. Students who exceed this requirement may submit a letter of appeal to the MPC director to request that this requirement be waived. Students who fail to enroll in MPC courses for three consecutive semesters must apply for readmission to the program, unless other arrangements have been made with the program director. In order to ensure timely progress through the program, students must consult with an MPC advisor every Fall Semester.