Frequently Asked Questions


Why might I want a Master’s degree in CMT?


Our program tends to attract people who want to teach Communication, Media, and/or Theatre courses at area community colleges and universities;pursue a doctorate (PhD) in Communication, Media, and/or Theatre; learn more about the areas of Communication, Media and Theatre; and continue their education beyond a bachelor’s degree or be more qualified for positions that require a Master’s degree. If any or all of these reasons sound appealing, then a Master’s degree in CMT might be a good decision for you.



What is the comprehensive exam process like?


Comprehensive exams can only be taken after a student complete 24 credits (8 classes) of coursework. The exams consist of three questions: (1) one question from a Communication course, (2) one question from a Media course, and (3) one question from a Theatre course. One of the three questions must come from a “Theory” course. Students have one week to answer all three questions. See the Graduate Handbook for a detailed explanation of the comprehensive exam process.


What can I expect if I apply to write a thesis?


A thesis typically takes one year to write and requires significant discipline. A student must form a thesis committee of one primary advisor and two committee members/readers. A student will then write and defend a prospectus before being allowed to register for CMTC 499- Thesis Seminar (6 credits). The student will then write and defend the thesis. See the Graduate Handbook for a detailed explanation of the thesis process.