Graduate Mission Statement
The Communicating Arts department shares in the mission of the University of Wisconsin-Superior and the University of Wisconsin-System. In particular, we share the goals of liberal arts education in blending interdisciplinary theory and practice in each program area (Speech Communication, Mass Communication, and Theatre). We seek to broaden graduate student's liberal arts coursework, experience, and scholarship along with preparing these advanced students to enter professional careers and pursue advanced study.
Master of Arts Degree in Communicating Arts
The M.A. degree program in Communicating Arts is designed to broaden the student’s liberal arts background and to prepare those who wish to enter professional careers in schools, colleges, mass communication industry, educational and community theatres, and in business, industry and government. The three areas of emphasis within the program are Speech Communication, Theatre and Mass Communication.
Prerequisites for Admission
A bachelor’s degree in Communication, Speech, Theatre, or Mass Communication is required for admission. Applicants may also be considered if they have an undergraduate minor in one of the communication areas. Students with minors in a communication area may need to take additional undergraduate course work to prepare them for entry into the graduate program.
Students will submit a two- to three-page essay titled “Reason for Graduate Study.” This essay will address the applicant’s degree and career goals. It specifically will address how the Communicating Arts Graduate Program is a good fit for the student, as well as the student being a good fit for the program. Students should be specific regarding the fit by referring to coursework, faculty program areas and specializations, academic performance, and career goals. If applicant has questions about the essay, he or she should contact the director of graduate studies in Communicating Arts.
Applications must be postmarked no later than April 1st to be considered for fall semester admission. Applications must be postmarked no later than October 15th to be considered for spring semester admission.
A minimum of 30 graduate semester hours of approved coursework, with 15 credits at the 700 level.
For international students for whom English is not a first language, Communicating Arts requires a minimum of 550+ (560 preferred) on the TOEFL and minimum of 45 (50 preferred) on the TSE.