CCT M.A. Requirements

Students must complete 39 credits with a minimum GPA of 3.0 to be eligible for the Master of Arts degree in Communication, Culture, and Technology. In completing 39 credits, CCT students must:

  • Complete the core required course, CCTP-505, in the first Fall term.
  • Complete the core required course, CCTP-506, in the first Spring term.
  • Complete at least one core required course in research methods, preferably in the first year.
  • Complete one of two degree options, "thesis" or "coursework". See below for more details.
  • Maintain full-time enrollment at 9 credits minimum per semester. Full-time enrollment is required of international students and highly encouraged for all students. To complete 39 credits in two years, students might choose to take 12 credits in one semester or 3 credits in summer term. Part-time students take 6 credits per semester and have three years to complete the 39 credits.

Degree Options: Thesis or Coursework

To reach 39 credits, students may choose between an all-coursework option and a coursework-plus-thesis option. 

Students opting to do a master's thesis must:

  • Complete 33 credits of coursework and 6 credits of Thesis Colloquium

  • Earn a grade of A-minus or above in at least one research methods course.
  • Receive approval from CCT Faculty of your master's thesis proposal. Deadlines for submitting proposals are October 31 to complete the thesis in spring semester, and March 31 to complete the thesis in fall semester.

For examples of CCT theses, see Thesis Projects.

For thesis requirements, timelines and frequently asked questions, see the Student Handbook.

Example of Thesis Option

Semester 1

  • 505 (Fall) or 506 (Spring): 3 credits
  • Elective: 3 credits
  • Elective: 3 credits

Semester 2

  • 505 (Fall) or 506 (Spring): 3 credits
  • Research Methods: 3 credits
  • Elective: 3 credits
  • Elective: 3 credits

Semester 3

  • Elective: 3 credits
  • Elective: 3 credits
  • Elective: 3 credits

Semester 4

  • Thesis: 6 credits
  • Elective: 3 credits

Example of Coursework Option

Semester 1

  • 505 (Fall) or 506 (Spring): 3 credits
  • Elective: 3 credits
  • Elective: 3 credits

Semester 2

  • 505 (Fall) or 506 (Spring): 3 credits
  • Research Methods: 3 credits
  • Elective: 3 credits
  • Elective: 3 credits

Semester 3

  • Elective: 3 credits
  • Elective: 3 credits
  • Elective: 3 credits

Semester 4

  • Elective: 3 credits
  • Elective: 3 credits
  • Elective: 3 credits

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