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Degree Requirements

Course Requirements

The Master of Arts in Relational Communication requires 12 courses (48-credit hours) — two core courses, one methods course, and nine Relational Communication electives that include the option to earn a concentration in Training in Development. If preferred, two of the electives can be taken outside of the program with the permission of the graduate program director.​

Core Courses

Students are required to take both of the following:

Methods Requirement

Students choose one of the following:

Elective Courses

Nine elective courses are taken from the following list*:

Concentration in Training and Development

Completion of all three classes required to earn concentration:

* With approval of the graduate program director, students can take up to two relevant elective courses from other College of Communication graduate programs or relevant elective courses from other graduate departments/programs outside of the College of Communication.

Comprehensive Final Examination or Thesis

Students in the Master of Arts in Relational Communication complete their degree requirements by passing a comprehensive final examination. Students who attain a cumulative GPA of 3.85 or higher and obtain prior approval from the graduate program director have the option to complete a thesis. Students completing a thesis will enroll in RELC 599 as their 12th and final course in the quarter they defend their thesis.

Grade Requirements

Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 in their graduate courses to remain in good academic standing. Students who do not meet this minimum cumulative requirement will be placed on academic probation and will be expected to attain the minimum cumulative requirement within two quarters. Failure to do so may result in dismissal from the program.

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