Incoming student cohorts begin in the fall semester, and most students complete the degree in two or three years depending upon the number of courses the students take per semester. These are a few sample timelines. Note that courses will vary depending on rotation.



Sample Timeline (2 Years)

Year One - Fall

CMTC 401: Introduction to Graduate Study

CMTC 402: Seminar in Research Methods

CMTM 478: Seminar in New Media


Year One - Spring

CMTC 404: Communication Theory

CMTT 465: Mass Communication Theory

CMTC 400: Special Topics in Communication (rotating topics)


Year Two - Fall

CMTT 430: Dramatic Theory

CMTM 466: Media and Cultural Studies


Year Two - Spring

CMTT 473: Special Topics in Theatre (Rotating Topics)

CMTC 414: Seminar in Organizational Communication

Comprehensive Exams




Sample Timeline (2 Years including Summer)

Year One - Fall

CMTC 401: Introduction to Graduate Study

CMTC 402: Seminar in Research Methods


Year One - Spring

CMTC 404: Communication Theory

CMTT 465: Mass Communication Theory


Year One - Summer

CMTE 490: Instructional Communication

XXXX 400: Course Outside of Department


Year Two - Fall

CMTT 430: Dramatic Theory

CMTM 466: Media and Cultural Studies


Year Two - Spring

CMTT 473: Special Topics in Theatre (Rotating Topics)

CMTC 414: Seminar in Organizational Communication

Comprehensive Exams



Sample Timeline (2.5 Years)

Year One - Fall

CMTC 401: Introduction to Graduate Study

CMTC 402: Seminar in Research Methods


Year One - Spring

CMTC 404: Communication Theory

CMTT 465: Mass Communication Theory


Year Two - Fall

CMTM 430: Dramatic Theory

CMTM 466: Media and Cultural Studies


Year Two - Spring

CMTT 473: Special Topics in Theatre (Rotating Topics)

CMTC 414: Seminar in Organizational Communication


Year Three - Fall

CMTM 478: Seminar in New Media

Independent Study

Comprehensive Exams



Sample Timeline (2 Years with Thesis)

Year One - Fall

CMTC 401: Introduction to Graduate Study

CMTC 402: Seminar in Research Methods


Year One - Spring

CMTC 404: Communication Theory

CMTT 465: Mass Communication Theory

CMTC 400: Studies in Communication (rotating topics)


Year Two - Fall

CMTT 473: Studies in Theatre

CMTM 430: Dramatic Theory

Independent Study


Year Two - Spring

CMTC 499: Thesis Seminar (6 hours)



Sample Timeline (2.5 Years with Thesis)

Year One - Fall

CMTC 401: Introduction to Graduate Study

CMTC 402: Seminar in Research Methods


Year One - Spring

CMTC 404: Communication Theory

CMTT 465: Mass Communication Theory


Year Two - Fall

CMTT 430: Dramatic Theory

CMTM 466: Media and Cultural Studies


Year Two - Spring

CMTT 473: Special Topics in Theatre (Rotating Topics)

Independent Study


Year Three - Fall

CMTC 499: Thesis Seminar (6 Hours)