M.A. Program Overview

M.A. Program Overview

The Department of Communicology offers an innovative M.A. program emphasizing the central processes and functions of human communication. To that end, course work, seminars, and student research develop a situationally independent understanding of research and theory in the areas central to the curriculum (i.e., message processing, interpersonal communication, persuasion, and intercultural communication). Prospective candidates for our M.A. program should have a strong undergraduate background in Communicology or a closely allied discipline.

M.A. Program Plan Options

The Department offers a fair amount of flexibility for students in their program of study. The Department offers a Plan A (thesis) or Plan B (non-thesis: applied project or comprehensive exams) option. The thesis option involves the completion of an empirical research project overseen by a graduate faculty member. The applied project option involves the student to complete a study designed to address a problem in a local organization. The comprehensive exam option requires students to problem written responses to questions developed by their advisory committee. Students must choose between Plan A and Plan B by the end of their second semester of study.

Contact Information

If you have any questions about the graduate program in the Department of Communicology at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, please feel free to contact the current Director of Graduate Studies.

You can find more information by e-mailing the Director of Graduate Studies at comgrad@hawaii.edu.