Graduate Program


The department offers a variety of assistantship opportunities where students may develop teaching skills under the supervision of a professorial faculty member. Many assistants teach one or two sections of COMS 100, Fundamentals of Oral Communication. Others may assist in general education and/or large enrollment courses. Graduate assistants also provide support for the department's instructional laboratories, i.e., the Wilderman Learning Laboratory, the department's Communication Skills Laboratory, the media editing laboratory or the Northern Television Center. Other assistants work with the department's highly successful forensics program, an extracurricular program comprised of individual events and debate.

A full-time graduate assistantship requires up to 20 hours of service per week. For teaching assistants this 20 hours includes both in-class duties (normally 6-8 hours) and out-of-class preparation and meetings. A graduate student on an assistantship is required to take 9 hours (3 courses) each semester. Most full-time graduate assistants complete their degree within two years.

Graduate Assistantships

M.A. Candidates

Types of Duties

  • Assist with debate or individual events in an active forensics program
  • Teach lab sections for media production courses
  • Assist with publication of scholarly or professional journals
  • Work at the Northern Television Center or in other communication labs
  • Assist with large enrollment courses in journalism and communication studies

Monetary Conditions

  • Salary of $11,212.96 for fall 2012 and spring 2013 semesters (20 hours)
  • Waiver of in-state or out-of-state tuition for twelve months

Conditions of Appointment:
To hold an assistantship, students must be admitted to the M.A. program in Communication Studies.  Although applications are accepted throughout the year, applicants should complete their files by February 15 for full consideration for appointments beginning the following fall semester.  Ordinarily assistantships are offered only to students whose application files are complete.