As both a theoretical and applied program, the M.S. in Public Communication and Technology prepares students for careers in the following:

  • Health, Environmental, Science, or Technical Communication: Enhancing public and specialized audience understanding of health problems, environmental issues, or scientific and technical topics
  • Public Relations and Strategic Communication: Public relations, public information, and strategic communication programs for corporations, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations
  • New Communication Technologies: Uses and effects of new communication technologies, computer-mediated communication, and the World Wide Web; computer, print, and multimedia-based documentation, instruction, and training
  • Journalism: Issues related to news media culture and multimedia delivery, and influences on news and documentary content
  • Academia: Preparation for higher-level academic work, such as obtaining a doctorate, and teaching and conducting research at the college level

Effective Fall 2008

Plan of Study Grid
First YearCredits
JTC 500Communication Research and Evaluation Methods4
JTC 501Process and Effects of Communication4
JTC 701Colloquium in Communication and IT1
Elective Core: 
Select 6 credits from the following:6
Managing Communications Systems 
Cognitive Communication Theory 
Social and Cultural Communication Theory 
Public Communication Campaigns 
Health Communication 
Public Communication Technologies 
Strategic Communications 
Communication and Innovation 
Information Design 
Communicating Science and Technology 
Quantitative Research in Communication 
Qualitative Methods in Communication Research 
 Total Credits15
Second Year
JTC 698Research3
JTC 699Thesis3
Additional Courses19
 Total Credits15
 Total Credits30
1

Select nine credits determined by advisor and graduate committee.