Life After Graduation… What’s Next?

For many college students, surviving undergrad is enough of a challenge in itself, not to mention thoughts on attending graduate school. In the growing and fast moving society we live in today, a graduate degree continues to become more valuable. A master’s degree in combination with a bachelor’s degree is a powerful duo.

A common myth about obtaining a Master’s degree in Communication is that the only need for one is for an academic career path. According to the Director of the Communication Graduate Program, Dr. Holly Payne, only a small handful of current graduate students plan to continue their education after they receive their master’s degrees. The majority of students plan to enter the workforce and use their graduate training to begin or further their careers in a variety of organizational settings.

The current graduate program of study offered is a Masters of Arts in Organizational Communication. There are 34 hours required to complete the program.  The breakdown of the hours include: 10 hours of core courses, 12 hours of organizational communication electives, 6 hours of human communication electives, and 6 hours of capstone options. The non-thesis capstone requires six additional hours of electives, as well as completing a written comprehensive exam. The thesis capstone option requires thesis research and writing, as well as an oral defense of the project.

Admission to the program requires both an application and test scores. The application materials include an application, official transcripts, GRE scores, a writing sample from an undergraduate course, and a letter of intent. Students must have earned a minimum score of 139 on the Verbal and Quantitative sections of the GRE. Additionally, students must have a GAP score of at least 550 [GAP = (Overall GRE score) + (Undergraduate GPA X 100)] and a minimum score of 3.5 on the analytical writing section of the GRE.

Any further information concerning the program can be found on the department website, www.wku.edu/communication/graduate_program/index.php, and any questions can be directed to the Graduate Director, Dr. Angela Jerome, at angela.jerome@wku.edu

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