We want to help you customize your master's in communication degree curriculum so you get the most out of your time here at UL Lafayette. You can choose between completing a thesis or a professional project, or taking five comprehensive exams. If you're not sure which track to choose, talk to your graduate faculty members, and they'll help you create a path that best fits your ambitions and interests.
Thesis track is a 30-credit hour program that can be completed in as little as four semesters. It consists of 24 credit hours (eight courses) of coursework plus a six-hour thesis component. In the thesis track, you will conduct scholarly research on a topic in your field that is selected in consultation with your committee.
Professional Project Track
The professional project track is a 36-credit hour program that can be completed in as little as four semesters. It consists of 30 credit hours (10 courses) of coursework plus a six-hour professional project component. If you choose the professional project track, you will perform more practical research, producing a project such as—but not limited to—advertising or PR campaigns, documentary videos, or corporate and organizational training seminars.
Comprehensive Exams Track
The comps track will be 36-credit hours of coursework. In addition to this, you must pass a comprehensive written exam of your knowledge about the core curriculum, and your area of specialization.