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Communication Studies Graduate Program


Initial Enrollment

At the time of their first enrollment, most students confer with the Director of Graduate Study. If, however, the student has already established contact with another member of the Graduate Faculty whom he/she would prefer to have as advisor, he/she is encouraged to seek advice from that person.

Enrollment in Graduate Courses

Graduate work is considerably more demanding and involves much more independent investigation than undergraduate study. For this reason, the student who has been used to carrying fifteen, eighteen or even more hours per semester as an undergraduate must learn to cut down his/her load in graduate school. The department regards twelve credit hours as the normally desirable full-time load in a fall or spring semester; a comparable load in a summer session would be six hours. Graduate Teaching Assistants may reduce their graduate course load according to the amount of time they spend teaching; for half-time Graduate Teaching Assistants for example, nine hours is the expected course load. In order to facilitate satisfactory progress toward a degree, therefore, Graduate Teaching Assistants are ordinarily expected to enroll in a minimum of nine hours.

Continuous Enrollment

After passing the Ph.D. comprehensive examination, the candidate must be continuously enrolled until he/she receives his/her Ph.D. and must present a minimum of fifteen (15) post comprehensive hours of which at least 12 hours must be in Course 999 - Doctoral Dissertation. Further enrollment regulations are as follows: until the candidate has accumulated 18 hours of dissertation credit through enrollments concurrent with or following the time he/she passed the comprehensive examination he/she must enroll for a minimum of six (6) hours per semester (three hours for the summer session). After 18 hours of dissertation credit has been accumulated, he/she must enroll for a minimum of two (2) hours of dissertation credit per semester (summer session included), including the semester in which the dissertation defense occurs. In all cases enrollment should reflect the demands made upon faculty time and University facilities. Post comprehensive enrollment may be accomplished my mail. Requests for mail enrollments should be made to the Director of Graduate Study.


Students are encouraged and expected to select a member of the graduate faculty to serve as their academic advisor. Further, they are free to change advisors as their interests develop during the course of their graduate studies. The Director of Graduate Study is also available for academic advising.

Students need to have no doubt as to their academic standing and should not hesitate to approach the appropriate graduate faculty member for counsel. In each course, the instructor will be glad to discuss the student's work with him/her. Regarding more general questions, either the Director of Graduate Study or the departmental chair is available for consultation.

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