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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Graduate Degrees

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Coursework for each program detailed in the Graduate Bulletin


 Master of Arts

The MA program offers students the flexibility to advance into a professional career or a Ph.D. program.

Location: On-campus
Duration: 2 years (taking 9 credits per semester)
Capstone Project: Thesis or Alternate Plan Paper

Master of Science

The MS degree is typically sought by students interested in gaining knowledge directly applicable to a specific career path. Students usually plan a career in an industry upon graduation.

Location: On-campus or Online
Duration: 2 years (taking 9 credits per semester)|
Capstone Project: Internship Paper

MFA Forensics

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

Location: On-campus or Online* (*with special permission)
Duration: 3 years (taking 9 credits per semester)
Capstone Project: Thesis
Admission to the online MFA Program has additional requirements. Admission 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.

Master of Science in Communication & Composition (new fall 2013)

A multi-disciplinary program designed for individuals with an interest in teaching communication AND composition at community and technical colleges. Most states require a minimum number 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 in their state.

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