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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato

Degrees and Certificates

Page address: http://www.mnsu.edu/cmst/programs/degreesandcertificates.html

 

Which degree or certificate is best suited to meet your needs?

[PDF] MA Program Description (446 KiB)  [pdf] 

Location:     On-campus

Duration:      2 years (attending full-time, taking 9 credits per semester)

Capstone Project:    Thesis or Alternate Plan Paper

The MA programs offers students the flexibility to advance into a professional career or into a Ph.D. program. Most graduate students in our department seek this degree. 

[PDF] MS Program Despcription (446 KiB)  [pdf]

Location:     On-campus or Online

Duration:      2 years (attending full-time, taking 9 credits per semester)

Capstone Project:    Internship Paper

The MS degree is typically sought by students interested in gaining knowledge that can be directly applied to a specific career path. Usually, these students plan to seek a career in an industry upon graduate and do not want to continue with a Ph.D. program.

[PDF] MFA Program Description (448 KiB)  [pdf]

Location:     On-campus or Online*     (*with special permission...please see below)

Duration:      3 years (attending full-time, taking 9 credits per semester)

Capstone Project:    Thesis

The MFA is sought by students interested in the study of forensics.  Forensics is an extracurricular program offered at many high schools and universities that specializes in training skills in argumentation, speaking, and debate.  Students interested in the MFA typically want to pursue teaching/coaching positions in an academic environment or want to pursue professional careers that involve public speaking, training and development, or public service skills. 

*Admission to the online MFA Program is contingent on approval from the Graduate Coordinator, Director of Forensics, and the Assistant Director of Forensics in the Department of Communication Studies.

 Criteria used when granting admission:
 1) Significant experience as a forensic competitor and/or coach, 2) Documented need to complete program online rather than on-campus, 
3) Documentation the student can complete the practicum course (CMST 630) with a forensic program the Director of Forensics approves as providing the necessary experiential components, 4) Documentation of an “on-site supervisor” who can verify required hours for CMST 630, and 
5) Number of students currently enrolled in the online MFA program.

  • Joint Master of Science--Communication and Composition (new fall 2013)

[PDF] MS Communication and Composition Program Description (260 KiB)

Location:      On campus or online

Duration:      2 years (attending full-time, taking 9 credits per semester)

Capstone Project:    Alternative Plan Paper or Internship and Internship Paper

A multi-disciplinary program designed for individuals with an interest in teaching both communication AND composition at community colleges and technical colleges. Most states require a minimum of in-discipline credit hours to teach at community and technical colleges. Students are encouraged to contact the appropriate state agency and confirm the number of credit hours required for certification to teach at a technical or community college. 

[PDF] GC-CE Program Description (288 KiB) [pdf]

Location:     Online

Duration:      can be completed in 1 year, depending on course availability

Capstone Project:    no capstone project is required

The 16-credit graduate certificate in Communication Education (GC-CE) is designed for individuals who hold a masters degree who are seeking to expand their training in order to teach communication courses at the community or techinical college level.

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[PDF] GC-PC Program Description (286 KiB) [pdf]

Location:     Online

Duration:      can be completed in 1 year, depending on course availability

Capstone Project:    no capstone project is required

The 12-credit graduate certificate in Professional Communication (GC-PC) is designed for any professional seeking to improve his or her communication skills with additional graduate coursework. 

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