Program Information

Our program offers the benefits of both a general communication master’s program and a specialized program. In addition to a strong foundation in Communication Studies, this program offers concentrations in health and environmental communication.

The M.A. is a 36 credit hour program that includes:

  • 18 hours of core course work in advocacy studies, applied interpersonal and organizational communication, and communication research methods.
  • Nine hours of concentrated study in advocacy topics salient in both academic and professional contexts, choosing from concentrations in health and environmental communication.
  • Three hours of elective course work.
  • Six hours of thesis or internship credit designed to facilitate specific vocational and academic qualifications in the field.


Health Communication. Graduate students interested in specializing in advocacy in the context of Health Communication will complete course work across a wide range of health care situations. Students graduating witha concentration in health communication will be prepared to work in a variety of non-profit, government, and corporate settings constructing and evaluating health-related messages and campaigns, educating audiences using culturally appropriate messages designed to reach diverse groups, and advocating for patients and clients in a variety of health care contexts.

Environmental Communication.  Graduate students interested in specializing in environmental communication will complete course work focusing on the multifaceted nature of environmental advocacy, key forums through which competing local to international interests are identified, contested, and managed, as well as how various levels of risk are framed, challenged, and negotiated. Students graduating with a concentration in Environmental Communication will be prepared to work in a variety of nonprofit, government and corporate settings constructing and evaluating environmental campaigns, facilitating organizational and group decision making about issues related to environmental practices, communicate effectively with varied stakeholders with conflicting interests, and educate and motivate diverse audiences regarding environmental interests.

Courses Offerings in Communication and Advocacy Include:

  • Introduction to Advocacy Studies
  • Foundations in Health Communication Advocacy and Research
  • Fundamentals in Environmental Communication and Advocacy
  • Introduction to Teaching Fundamental Communication
  • Seminar in Communication Theory
  • Seminar in Rhetorical Theory and Advocacy
  • Seminar in Communication Research Methods
  • Interpersonal Communication as Advocacy
  • Applied Organizational Communication
  • Environmental Decision Making: Conflict, Advocacy and Participatory Processes
  • Environmental Campaign Advocacy and Social Influence
  • Health-Environmental Communication Advocacy and Social Influence
  • Intercultural Health Communication Advocacy
  • Communication, Aging and Heath Care Advocacy
  • Environmental Justice: Perspectives and Advocacy
  • Seminar in Communication Criticism
  • Seminar in Quantitative Communication Research Methods
  • Seminar in Qualitative Communication Research Methods
  • Communication Studies Thesis
  • Communication Studies Internship