Major Adviser: Cory Young, Chair of Graduate Program,

The master of science degree program in the Roy H. Park School of Communications prepares graduates to pursue professional careers as corporate communication specialists and managers. Alumni of the program include communication managers in business, education, and human services; marketing media and public relations specialists; trainers; independent consultants and media producers; and communication analysts. Students from all disciplines and professions are encouraged to apply to the communications program.

In addition to the courses described in the catalog, contemporary topics courses offer opportunities to study such areas as social marketing, political campaign communication, and public relations. The Roy H. Park School of Communications brings many noted alumni, scholars, and practitioners to campus to meet and address our students and faculty.

The Roy H. Park School of Communications is housed in an attractive facility that includes an interactive media and website development lab, computer-based research and online collaboration facilities, and a graduate student lounge equipped with both Mac and PC computers. These facilities, plus a faculty actively engaged in current research and practice, enable students to pursue interests in the following areas:

  • employee and stakeholder communication
  • crisis communication
  • promotional campaigns
  • digital media, Internet, and intranet site development
  • e-learning and electronic performance support systems
  • communication consulting and management
  • organizational culture and diversity
  • design of learning systems

Application Requirements

Applicants to the graduate program in communications should include with their application a short letter stating their purpose for pursuing graduate study at Ithaca College and describing any relevant educational or professional experience.

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission to the master’s degree program, the candidate must have earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution. Overall grade point average at the undergraduate level and academic and/or professional recommendations are among the criteria considered for admission to the program. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required for admission consideration. A personal interview is recommended. The program welcomes applicants from disciplines other than communications.

Graduate Assistantships

A limited number of graduate assistantships are awarded each semester based on the applicants’ scholastic records and their ability to assist faculty members in teaching and research. Financial assistance consists of two parts -- a scholarship and a taxable work-related salary. The appointment normally requires 8-12 hours of work per week. Graduate assistants are normally assigned to work with faculty in the Department of Strategic Communication. They assist with classes, tutor students, conduct research, supervise computer labs, and work in related professional areas such as special events, web development, and publicity. Duties and responsibilities of each graduate assistant are arranged by the graduate chair.

Graduate Research Fellowships

A research fellowship may be awarded to one matriculated graduate student who is already enrolled in the program, based on demonstrated excellence in coursework and/or potential for scholarship. The research fellowship consists of a tax-free scholarship equivalent to a graduate assistantship (without the weekly work requirement).

Academic Advising

The chair of the graduate program in communications serves as the academic adviser for all students enrolled in the program. Students writing a thesis select, with the approval of the chair, a thesis adviser and two readers from among the graduate faculty in the Park School.

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