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Interdisciplinary Studies - Applied Communication (CAGS)

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Degree Overview

Students accepted into this program must have completed a master's degree in communication or a closely related field of study. Students who enter this program as part of the CAGS in Interdisciplinary Studies work with an advisor from the graduate program in applied communication to develop a plan of study. The plan of study must be completed before the student enters their first class. The CAGS consists of an integrated core curriculum, and completion of a capstone experience. Students in this program can choose between practicum involving action research or thesis to complete the capstone requirement.

Requirements and Curriculum

Applied Communication

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Program Prerequisite:

  • Master's degree must be in communication or a closely related field

Program at a Glance


Completed applications are reviewed on a rolling admission basis. Admission requirements are as follows:

  • Official transcript of a master’s degree in communication or a related field from a regionally accredited institution (GPA of 3.3 or higher)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Professional resume
  • Graduate application and fee


Online and on-campus courses offered in the evenings with some day courses during the summer.

Total Credits

36 credits

Program Cost

Tuition and fees

Time Frame

While you can complete the program in as few as 2 years, you have 6 years to complete the program.

Program Highlights

Students in the program collaborate closely with faculty members from the Communication/Media Department on their capstone experience.

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