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Edward R. Murrow College of Communication

Current Students

Explore the Murrow College graduate resources for important information including deadlines, due-dates, program requirements and forms.

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

The College of Communication has established the following learning objectives.

  • Knowledge of the field. Understand the breadth and depth of knowledge within the discipline, including current theories and methods and demonstrate competency in identifying and interpreting research on topics in communication.
  • Scientific reasoning and research process. Conduct independent research to identify research questions and hypotheses and design, execute, analyze, report on original research.
  • Communication. Communicate complex problems and research effectively to diverse audiences using appropriate media and communication tools.
  • Original scholarly contribution. Make original contributions to the discipline through presentations at academic conferences and publication in peer-reviewed academic outlets.
  • Teaching proficiency. Nurture and train graduate students to become effective teachers in the field of communication.

CONTACT

Christine Curtis
Graduate Coordinator, Student Services
509-335-5608
christine.curtis@wsu.edu

Master’s Student Checklist

Year 1

FALL SEMESTER

  • Complete the Thesis/Dissertation Request Form and enroll in 1 dissertation credit (this is required per Graduate School policy)
    • The first semester your advisor will be the Graduate Director
  • COM 500 will introduce you to the faculty and their research, during the first semester you will need to decide on an advisor
    • This is how you earn the thesis or dissertation credit
  • Meet with your advisor or the Graduate Director to go over which courses you should take in the spring

SPRING SEMESTER

  • Complete the Thesis/Dissertation Request Form and enroll in 1 dissertation credit (this is required per Graduate School policy)
  • Work with your advisor to identify the other members of your committee.
  • Work with your advisor or one of the Graduate Faculty to complete a Showcase submission.
  • Working with your advisor complete the Program of Study, which can be downloaded per the Graduate School’s webpage. This is due to the Graduate
  • Coordinator by the end of February. The form needs to be submitted to the Graduate School through the Graduate Coordinator.
    • You will want to work with your advisor to identify coursework and consult with the Murrow College requirements for your program
  • Submit the forms for your annual Graduate Reviews
    • The Graduate Coordinator will send out a request for the forms during February and March. Be sure to follow instructions and complete all required forms.
  • Work with your advisor to identify your fall classes

Year 2

FALL SEMESTER

  • Complete the Thesis/Dissertation Request Form and enroll in a minimum of 1 dissertation credit (this is required per Graduate School policy).
  • Work with your advisor to participate in any research projects/grants. Continue to work toward conference paper submissions and journal publications.
  • Work with your advisor for spring classes.

SPRING SEMESTER

  • Complete the Thesis/Dissertation Request Form and enroll in a minimum of 1dissertation credit (this is required per Graduate School policy).
  • Work with your advisor or one of the Graduate Faculty to complete a Showcase submission.
  • Work with your advisor on your research and start discussing your plan for your Preliminary Exams.
  • Submit the forms for your annual Graduate Reviews
    • The Graduate Coordinator will send out a request for the forms during February and March. Be sure to follow instructions and complete all required forms (see appendices for forms).
  • Work with your advisor for your fall classes.

Year 3

FALL SEMESTER

  • Complete the Thesis/Dissertation Request Form and enroll in a minimum of 1dissertation credit (this is required per Graduate School policy).
  • Work with your advisor on your research and start working on the scheduling for your Preliminary Exams.
    • -The Exam Scheduling form through the Graduate School’s website. The form needs to be submitted to the Graduate School through the Graduate Coordinator. This is due to the Graduate School 10 business days before you want to start the exam. You must have both the start date, time and location for the written exam AND the oral defense. The oral defense must be within 30 days of the written exam.

*Note: be sure to follow the Graduate School’s Deadlines and Procedures for an MA to make sure you are in compliance with their policies and deadlines. If you miss the scheduling window for the regular semester, consult the Graduate Coordinator regarding an Interim Exam.

SPRING SEMESTER

  • Complete the Thesis/Dissertation Request Form and enroll in a minimum of 10 dissertation credits. At this point you are done with coursework and must maintain full-time enrollment for your assistantship. (This is required per Graduate School policy).
  • Work with your advisor on your research and start working on the scheduling for your Prospectus Defense.
    • The Exam Scheduling form through the Graduate School’s website. The form needs to be submitted to the Graduate School through the Graduate Coordinator. This is due to the Graduate School 10 business days before you want to start the exam. You must have both the start date, time and location for the written exam AND the oral defense. The oral defense must be within 30 days of the written exam.

*Note be sure to follow the Graduate School’s Deadlines and Procedures for Doctoral Exam to make sure you are in compliance with their policies and deadlines. If you miss the scheduling window for the regular semester, consult the Graduate Coordinator regarding an Interim Exam.

  • Work with your advisor and committee to defend your Prospectus.
    • This requires the Internal Scheduling Form to be completed and returned to the Graduate Coordinator with all signatures 10 days prior to the defense date
    • The committee will complete ballots to indicate whether the student has passed the Prospectus Defense.
  • Following a successful Prospectus Defense, the student can submit paperwork for IRB
  • Initiate data collection
  • Work with your advisor to participate in any research projects/grants. Continue to work toward conference paper submissions and journal publications.
  • Work with your advisor or one of the Graduate Faculty to complete a Showcase submission.
  • Submit the forms for your annual Graduate Reviews
    • The Graduate Coordinator will send out a request for the forms during February and March. Be sure to follow instructions and complete all required forms (see appendices for forms).

Year 4

Fall Semester

  • Complete the Thesis/Dissertation Request Form and enroll in a minimum of 10 dissertation credits (this is required per Graduate School policy).
  • Work with your advisor and committee for the data collection for your dissertation.

Spring Semester

  • Complete the Thesis/Dissertation Request Form and enroll in a minimum of 10 dissertation credits. (This is required per Graduate School policy).
  • Work with your advisor to get a draft of your completed dissertation to the committee. You must get a completed draft of the entire proposal to the committee 1 month before you ask them to sign the Final Exam Scheduling Form. The committee has 2 weeks to review the draft before the candidate can ask them to sign the form. Please allow enough time to get all of the signatures on the form, including the Graduate Director.
  • Work with your advisor and committee to complete the Final Exam Scheduling Form.
    • The Exam Scheduling form can be found on the Graduate School’s website. The form needs to be submitted to the Graduate School through the Graduate Coordinator. This is due to the Graduate School 10 business days before the exam.

*Note: be sure to follow the Graduate School’s Deadlines and Procedures for Doctoral Exam to make sure you are in compliance with their policies and deadlines. If you miss the scheduling window for the regular semester, consult the Graduate Coordinator regarding an Interim Exam.