School of Communication

Graduate

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Graduate Program Overview and Application Information

Program Description

The master of arts degree in communication with an emphasis in health communication is a 30-hour degree program, which offers a thesis option and a non-thesis option. The program consists of courses that provide students with an in-depth understanding of theory and application in the field of communication and, more specifically, in the area of health communication.

For Prospective Students

If you are interested in applying for the master of arts program in the School of Communication, please follow the application process described by the ECU Graduate School.

Prerequisites

The applicant must hold a baccalaureate degree.

Admission Criteria

Along with the ECU Graduate School application form, a resume or curriculum vitae, three letters of professional and/or academic recommendation, a statement of purpose, official transcripts, and the GRE score are required. TOEFL is an additional requirement for the applicants whose native language is not English. Your statement of purpose should include your goals, experiences, and reasons for applying to the master of arts program in the School of Communication and should be no longer than 750 words. Submit all materials to the ECU Graduate School by the deadline set by the School of Communication. Admission to the program will be competitive. The following materials will be used in making decisions regarding candidates appropriateness for the program:

  • ECU Graduate School application form
  • Resume / C.V.
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation from academic or professional sources
  • Official Transcripts
  • GRE (Graduate Record Examinations / www.gre.org)
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language / www.toefl.org)

Application Deadline Information

  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis; however, semester guidelines are as follows: June 1 for Fall and October 15 for Spring. A limited number of assistantships are available within the School of Communication and they are awarded on a competitive basis. Therefore, for full consideration, it is recommended that your application be completed by March 15.
  • The applicants seeking admission should send all required materials to the ECU Graduate School by the deadlines mentioned above. The ECU Graduate School will then forward the required documents to the School of Communication.
  • Non-degree seeking students may take courses in the program but must first contact the ECU Graduate School for requirements.

Additional Information

For more information please contact:

School of Communication

Dr. Deborah Thomson
Coordinator of Graduate Program Development
School of Communication
East Carolina University
102 Joyner East
Greenville NC 27858
Phone: (252)328.2670 | Email: thomsond@ecu.edu

ECU Graduate School

The Graduate School
East Carolina University
131 Ragsdale
Greenville NC 27858
Phone: (252)328.6012 | Email: gradschool@ecu.edu