Prospective Graduate Students
why attend UM?
We offer a nationally acclaimed Master's program in the beautiful northern Rocky Mountains, and in our most recent program review we were cited for having a "Ph.D. level faculty and course of study." Our graduate program is noted for its close faculty-student interaction. Our MA students are granted admission to the top Ph.D. programs in the country, and excel in their Ph.D. studies. Students wishing to leave with the MA comment on the excellent training they received while they were enrolled in our program.
graduate teaching opportunities
GRADUATE TEACHING OPPORTUNITIES
Applicants may request consideration for a graduate teaching assistant (TA) position in the electronic application. TAs instruct one of two introductory undergraduate courses (either COMM 111, Introduction to Public Speaking or COMM 110, Introduction to Interpersonal Communication). In exchange, they receive a tuition waiver, an additional stipend, and they pay their university fees at the Montana resident rate, regardless of residence status. Occasionally, alternative or supplemental teaching opportunities are available.
TA's are perceived as "teachers in training" and hold a unique place in the Communication Studies Department. Each year, our 12 TAs teach multi-section, introductory courses that meet general education requirements for hundreds of students on campus. The contact of TAs with freshmen and sophomores is important because it often leads to recruiting new majors and because TAs act as departmental representatives to students in other majors. A TAs unique place in the department impacts your graduate studies as well. TAs are closely monitored by course directors, learn how to be teacher-scholars, and manage academic careers.
Graduate Teaching Assistantships are highly competitive. To be considered for a TA, you should submit your application so that it is RECEIVED by February 1. You must accept a TA offer by April 1, so all incoming students will be notified of their award by that time. Students may apply for TAs at other times during the year, but the availability of additional positions depends on available funding and qualifications.
The Communication Studies Department is a regional program identified by the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education (WICHE). As a result, students from Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming can enroll for in-state tuition. Learn more about WICHE.
The graduate handbook contains everything you need to know about our program requirements, timelines for completion of your degree, procedures for selecting TAs for summer and Wintersession teaching, responsibilities of a graduate student, and other useful information about our program.
Check out the Procedures for Completing the MA Degree.
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