The Master’s Degree in Communication at Wake Forest University provides a comprehensive study of the field in qualitative, quantitative, rhetorical, and critical methods.
The 4-semester program requires two research methods courses, one in rhetorical theory and criticism, the other in quantitative methods in communication studies. Students select their additional courses from a range of graduate-only seminars or bridge seminars, where they learn in small classes with upper-level undergraduates.
The graduate seminars include the second part of the research method courses in both rhetoric and quantitative design; persuasion; alternative qualitative and quantitative methods; health communication; democratic theory; rhetoric of science; argumentation; public address; social movements; international communication; and many more special topics seminars.
During the first year, students enroll in a Communication Practicum with the Director of Graduate Studies. In this one-hour course, students learn about the field of Communication and develop professional, pedagogical, and research skills. Students also meet individually with each faculty member, learning about her/his research, teaching, and service experience.
At the end of the first year, students develop their main research question or argument for their thesis, in collaboration with their advisor and the Director of Graduate Studies. Students present their initial project proposal to the entire faculty in what is a very exciting opportunity for feedback and discussion.
During the second year, students typically spend the fall semester finishing course work. In the spring, students work on their thesis.
Students select a thesis advisor based on research topic and method. They work with their advisor to form a committee of at least another Communication faculty member and an external reviewer from another Department/University.
There is a non-thesis option for students who prefer to complete comprehensive exams. This option requires a committee of at least three faculty members who review the written exams and the oral defense.
Throughout the program, students at Wake Forest University benefit from a small department, small class sizes, and personal attention that leads to several opportunities for academic, intellectual, and professional development.
The rigorous nature of our program provides a solid foundation for doctoral degrees and many of our students continue their graduate work at nationally ranked PhD programs in Communication.
We also provide important communication skills for our students to pursue professional careers in public advocacy, Debate program, advertising, marketing, television and other media, law, education, health policy, and many more.