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The Communication Program at Hawaii Pacific University will begin offering Masters of Arts degree in Communication in the Fall semester of 1998. The rapid expansion of the communication industry through mass media, the Internet, and the telecommunications industry has created a need for such a degree both in the student population and in the employment marketplace. For the past several years the communication field has been one of the fastest growing Industries in the world. Students with MA-Communication are particularly attractive in foreign countries where similar degrees are not available.
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Program Structure
Every atudent will be required to complete a core consisting of five courses (15 credit hours). Students must pass all five courses with at least a 3.0 GPA before beginning a concentration and being accepted as a candidate for MA. Students whose undergarduate degrees are not in communication field may be required to take several undergraduate courses before beginning work on the core regquirements depending on their area of concentration.
When core requirements have been met, the student chooses to a concentration consisting of 12 credit hours ofrequired course work and 9 credit hours of electives. Students wishing to pursue doctoral study are encouraged to follow the thesis track of 6 credit hours. Those who wish to become practioners rather than pursuing further study may complete a proffesionla project rather than writing a thesis. All students must complete their course of study in a senior seminar which focuses on career planning, publishing techniques, and the future of the communication industry. The program requires a total of 45 credits of coursework.  



The Core Requirements:
COM
600
Introduction to Graduate Study present an overview of the history of the communication field, basic theories, career oppurtunities, and an introduction to literature
COM
605
Methods and Materials will be a thorough examination of research methods used in communication ciscipline
COM
610
Integrated Communication strives to understand the dynamics, practices, and interralationships between media, consumers, and corporations
COM
615
Professional Communication stresses practical applications of writing skills needed for professionals in the communication field
COM
620
Organizational Communication explores strategies for managing crisis, intercultural communication, public relations, and mass media.


Concentrations:

Advertising
COM
640

Advertising Strategy

COM
64*
Creativity
COM
652
Advertising Campaigns
COM
64*
Media Planning
Electives
COM
650
Promotion Management
COM
651
Graphic Design and Desktop Publishing
COM
64*
TBA


Integrated Communication
COM
63*
Corporate Communication
COM
63*
Mass Media
COM
64*
Rhetoric/Persuasion
COM
652
Advertising Campaigns
Electives
COM
64*
TBA
COM
64*
TBA
COM
64*
TBA

*Thesis Track: (6 semester hours)

COM
720
Thesis under supervision of the COM graduate Committee

*Non-Thesis Track: (6 semester hours)

COM
725
Professional Project and 3 additional semester hours of coursework approved by the COM Graduate Committee
* choose one

Capstone Curses: (3 credit hours)

COM
730
Professional Seminar