The primary areas of emphasis include communication processes, effects and functions within mass, mediated and interpersonal contexts. Applied areas include health communication, and communication and information systems.
The program offers special opportunities for students to apply communication theory and research in health contexts. Students pursuing work in health communication are encouraged to develop interdisciplinary programs involving the Department of Behavioral Science, the College of Medicine, as well as the Colleges of Dentistry, Health Sciences, Pharmacy, and Nursing. Communication also participates in interdisciplinary research programs with the Center for Prevention Research, the Sanders-Brown Center for Aging, and a variety of other health-related departments and institutes.
The program is designed to serve the needs of students whose goals may include teaching and academic research, professional research, or communication careers in the media or other organizations. Students with no previous course work in a communication area may be required to take undergraduate work without graduate credit.
The following are the admission requirements for individuals applying for admission the either the Master's program or the Doctoral program in Communication. Students with an undergraduate degree from a fully accredited institution of higher learning and a grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale are admissible to the graduate program. Students with degrees in areas not directly related to communication are encouraged to apply. They may be required to take 3 to 12 hours of undergraduate course work. In some cases, successful professional experience in a communication field will be considered in admitting students to the program.
All student applicants must submit scores on the Graduate Record Examination. Students whose native language is not English must also submit a score of at least 550 (or 213 on the computer version) of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Applicants must also submit (1) two official copies of transcripts of all work taken at the college level, (2) at least three letters of recommendation focusing on their academic abilities, (3) a Graduate School application and the application fee, and (4) a two- to three- page biographical sketch indicating why they want to pursue a graduate degree and their reasons for applying to the program.
The Admissions and Financial Aid Committee will review only completed admission files on February 1 of each year. Applications must have their completed file on record with the Associate Dean for the Graduate Programs in Communication by the deadline. New graduate students are permitted to enroll only during the fall or summer semester, not the spring semesters. Exceptions will be made only because of circumstances beyond the control of the applicant.
This deadline does not apply to: (1) UK undergraduate students in the College of Communications and Information Studies applying as University Scholars, who may be admitted for summer, fall or spring semesters, and (2) current students in the M.A. Program in Communication or the M.L.S. or M.S.L.S. Program in the College of Communications and Information Studies who are completing their degree in the fall semester and applying for admission the following spring. Applicants in the latter category must submit their completed file no later than October 1.
All students are required to complete 30 credit hours to complete the Master of Arts degree. Students will be required to take 12 core credit hours consisting of Proseminar in Communication (CJT 601), Communication Theory (CJT 651), and Communication Research Methods (CJT 665), plus Statistics 570 (or its equivalent as determined by the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies). In addition, all students will be required to take either CJT 631 or CJT 645.
Students may choose from either the Plan A or Plan B options to complete their Masters degree requirements.
Students choosing Plan A (Thesis option) will take a minimum of 24 credit hours of actual course work, plus write a thesis (Note: the six thesis credits must be taken under CJT 768 - Residence Credit for the Master's degree). All students will also complete an oral examination in defense of the thesis.
Students choosing Plan B (non-thesis) option, will take a minimum of 30 hours of course work, followed by a written and oral examination over the student's program.
At least 21 credit hours of the minimum requirements for the master's degree must be from offerings within the College of Communications and Information studies (both Plan A and Plan B). Plan A students may include six hours of CJT 768 in the 21 hours, since the thesis involves work in an area of communication. Also, at least 21 credit hours of the minimum requirements must be in courses at the 600 and 700 levels (both Plan A and Plan B). Plan A students may include six hours of CJT 768 in the 21 hours. No more than three credit yours in Plan A and 6 credit hours in Plan B (of the minimum requirements) may be earned in directed study, directed reading, or internship courses (e.g., CJT 696, CJT 700, CJT 781, and CJT 790).
Students without previous course work in communication may be required to take undergraduate work that does not count toward graduate credit. The applicant is expected to have had at least twelve hours of appropriate undergraduate work in communication. Should the graduate faculty believe that there is a deficiency in the applicant's undergraduate work, it may require the deficiency to be removed by enrollment in specific undergraduate courses. Courses taken to remove a deficiency can not be counted towards the master's degree.
Individuals without significant practical experience are strongly encouraged to take CJT 696 - Internship in Communication, which could include opportunities to work with external agencies and funded projects, both within and outside the university.
Emphases within the program include communication and information systems, health communication, interpersonal communication, and mass communication.
The Ph.D. program emphasizes communication as a social science. Graduates are prepared for university positions and careers in government, the media and other organizations as researchers, consultants and policy makers. Students must demonstrate general knowledge of communication, as well as competence in a core area of specialization. Current core areas include communication and information systems, health communication, interpersonal communication, and mass communication.
Students must demonstrate a thorough grasp of communication theory and research methods and must take course work in a cognate area outside of Communication. Proficiency in a foreign language is not required for successful completion of the Ph.D. in Communication. A student's advisory committee may, however, stipulate certain graduate-level courses in another language for the student's program that are consistent with the objectives of the student's program.
The required first-year curriculum is as follows:
A 500-level or above statistics course
All students are also required to complete at least 3 credit hours of CJT 790 by the last semester of course work.
The Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, in consultation with the Graduate Review committee, can waive any of the above requirements for a student who has previously taken the same or equivalent course at UK or another university for graduate credit.
Each student works with a major professor and an advisory committee to plan course work and complete the dissertation. The committee also administers the qualifying examination and the final oral examination. The qualifying examination consists of a written and oral examination over general communication, the core area of specialization, research methods/statistics and the cognate area.
Standards for admission to the doctoral program are similar to those of the Graduate School, including satisfactory scores on the verbal, quantitative and analytical portions of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). For additional information about program requirements and opportunities for financial assistance, write to the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, College of Communications and Information Studies.
CJT 601 PROSEMINAR IN COMMUNICATION (3)
CJT 608 MASS COMMUNICATIONS AND SOCIETY (3)
CJT 619 PROSEMINAR IN INTERNATIONAL/INTERCULTRUAL COMMUNICATION (3)
CJT 625 PROSEMINAR IN ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION (3)
CJT 630 PROSEMINAR IN MASS MEDIA LAW AND PUBLIC POLICY (3)
CJT 631 PROSEMINAR IN INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION (3)
CJT 645 PRESEMINAR IN MASS COMMUNICATION THEORY (3)
CJT 650 COMMUNICATION, LANGUAGE AND CULTURE (3)
CJT 651 COMMUNICATION THEORY (3)
CJT 665 COMMUNICATIONS RESEARCH METHODS (3)
CJT 667 QUALITATIVE METHODS IN COMMUNICATION RESEARCH (3)
CJT 671 PROSEMINAR IN HEALTH COMMUNICATION (3)
CJT 682 COMMUNICATION AND PERSUASION (3)
CJT 684 PROSEMINAR IN INSTRUCTIONAL COMMUNICATION (3)
CJT 685 SEMINAR: PREPARING FUTURE FACULTY FOR THE MULTICULTURAL CLASSROOM (1)
CJT 686 PRACTICUM IN PREPARING FUTURE FACULTY (1)
CJT 696 INTERNSHIP IN COMMUNICATION (3)
CJT 700 DIRECTED READING IN COMMUNICATION (1-3)
CJT 719 SEMINAR IN INTERNATIONAL/INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION (SUBTITLE REQUIRED) (3)
CJT 725 SEMINAR IN ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION: (SUBTITLE REQUIRED) (3)
CJT 730 SEMINAR IN MASS MEDIA AND PUBLIC POLICY (SUBTITLE REQUIRED) (3)
CJT 731 SEMINAR IN INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION (SUBTITLE REQUIRED) (3)
CJT 748 MASTER'S THESIS RESEARCH (0)
CJT 749 DISSERTATION RESEARCH (0)
CJT 751 ADVANCED TOPICS IN COMMUNICATION THEORY CONSTRUCTION (SUBTITLE REQUIRED) (3)
CJT 765 ADVANCED SEMINAR IN COMMUNICATION RESEARCH METHODS (3)
CJT 767 ADVANCED TOPICS IN QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS (3)
CJT 768 RESIDENCE CREDIT FOR THE MASTER' DEGREE (1-6)
CJT 769 RESIDENCE CREDIT FOR DOCTOR'S DEGREE (0-12)
CJT 771 SEMINAR IN HEALTH COMMUNICATION (3)
CJT 775 SEMINAR IN HEALTH COMMUNICATION CAMPAIGNS (3)
CJT 780 SPECIAL TOPICS IN COMMUNICATION:(SUBTITLE REQUIRED) (3)
CJT 781 DIRECTED STUDY IN COMMUNICATION (1-6)
CJT 790 RESEARCH PROBLEMS IN COMMUNICATION (1-6)
COM 525 ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION (3)
COM 555 CYBERSPACE AND COMMUNICATION (SAME AS TEL 555) (3)
COM 571 HEALTH COMMUNICATION (3)
COM 581 STUDIES IN SMALL GROUP COMMUNICATION CONTEXTS (3)
COM 584 TEACHING OF SPEECH COMMUNICATION (3)
COM 591 SPECIAL TOPICS IN COMMUNICATION (SUBTITLE REQUIRED) (1)
ISC 541 CRITICAL TOPICS IN INTEGRATED STRATEGIC COMMUNICATION (SUBTITLE REQUIRED) (3)
ISC 543 REGULATION OF STRATEGIC COMMUNICATION (3)
JOU 531 MEDIA LAW AND ETHICS (3)
JOU 532 ETHICS OF JOURNALISM AND MASS COMMUNICATION (3)
JOU 535 HISTORY OF JOURNALISM (3)
TEL 504 MEDIA ORGANIZATIONS (3)
TEL 510 MEDIA ECONOMICS (3)
TEL 520 SOCIAL EFFECTS OF THE MASS MEDIA (3)
TEL 525 THEORY OF MULTIMEDIA (3)
TEL 530 PRO-SEMINAR IN TELECOMMUNICATIONS (3)
TEL 555 CYBERSPACE AND COMMUNICATION (SAME AS COM 555) (3)
TEL 590 ADVANCED TELECOMMUNICATIONS TOPICAL SEMINAR (SUBTITLE REQUIRED) (3)