We're so glad that you are interested in earning your Master of Science in Communication degree at UL Lafayette. In our program, you'll be prepared to advance in your field, pursue a career change, or earn your Ph.D.
Our master's in communication program is designed for full-time students and working professionals alike. All of our graduate courses are offered one night per week at 6 p.m. or offered online, so you can take your courses without interrupting with the progress you've already made in your career.
Whichever choice you find best for you, you should be able to complete our program in 30-36 semester hours (the equivalent of 10-12 classes). That's about two years if you are able to register for full-time instruction.
In our program, you have the option of choosing a thesis, professional project, or comprehensive exams track. In the thesis track, you will conduct scholarly research on a topic in your field that is selected in consultation with your committee. If you choose the professional project track, you will perform more practical research, producing a project such as—but not limited to—advertising or PR campaigns, documentary videos, corporate and organizational training seminars, and published multi-part series journalistic works. In the comprehensive exams track you will have to pass five or six exams (depending on your course selection) to complete the degree.
Have questions? Want to know more about a specific area of study? Want to meet our faculty in person and see the campus for yourself? Feel free to contact us at any time.
Areas of Study
There are core courses that all master's in communication students take, plus you have the option to specialize in a specific area of study.
Our program is designed to be flexible so that you have the option to choose from a platter of courses in order to complete one of the following specializations:
- Strategic Communication
- Mass Communication
You will find the program is structured to offer you professional development as well as preparation for future study at an advanced level if an advanced study is your goal.
The department's professional programs are nationally accredited and offer you a blend of general communication plus specialization in one of the five concentrations. Depending on your goals and interests, thesis, professional project, or comprehensive exams options are available. Courses offer a broad background; independent work can be arranged to enrich your special interests that may not be covered by an established course.