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Master of Applied Communication Theory and Methodology

Cleveland State University’s Master of Applied Communication Theory and Methodology program provides graduate education for students who seek to: 

  1. Apply communication strategies in professional settings and/or
  2. Pursue doctoral studies in communication. 

The program is directed primarily toward the development of communication scholars and specialists, i.e., individuals who are able to apply communication theory and advanced research methodology to the analysis and solution of a variety of communication problems. The program emphasizes the ability to synthesize and interpret research in socially useful ways while also allowing for specialization in various research areas. The key words "applied theory and methodology" emphasize that students are expected to utilize their education in the pursuit of their individual career objectives.

college of liberal arts and social sciences

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department of Criminology, Anthropology, and Sociology

Phone 216.687.4517

Admission Requirements

  • Application Form
  • Application Fee
  • Undergraduate Transcripts
  • GRE Scores
  • Two Letters of Reference
    • At least one should be from a professor who is from one of the social sciences and is familiar with the student’s work
  • Minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA

*Admission to the program is based on a combination of a candidate’s undergraduate GPA and GRE score.  

-International students are required to have met at least one of the following English language proficiency requirements:

  • TOEFL iBT (Internet-Based): 78 with at least 17 in each section
  • TOEFL PBT (Paper-Based): 550
  • IELTS: 6.0 with at least 5.0 in each section
  • PTE (Pearson’s Test of English): 50
  • iTEP: 3.8

Admission Deadlines

All applications must be submitted and complete on the following application deadline dates:

  • Domestic Students
    • Rolling
  • International Students
    • Fall Semester - July 21st
    • Spring Semester - December 10th
    • Summer Semester - April 14th


Program Requirements

Core Courses (18 Credits)

Students must take either SOC 695 (6 credits) or SOC 690 (6 credits), not both. All other courses listed are required and 3 credits each.

  • SOC 640 - Social Theory and Application
  • SOC 650 - Applied and Evaluation Research Methods
  • SOC 651 - Social Statistics I
  • SOC 652 - Social Statistics II
  • SOC 690 - Masters Research Internship
  • SOC 695 - Masters Research Practicum

Two Graduate Level Seminars (6 Credits)

  • SOC 584 - Urban Social Change
  • SOC 561 - Aging and the Life Course
  • SOC 564 - Aspects of Police Work
  • SOC 568 - Sociology of Health and Health Care
  • SOC 570 - Gender and Society

Three Tool Skill Electives (9 Credits)

  • Three tool skill courses including SOC 590SOC 595, or approved graduate-level courses from related social science and interdisciplinary social science departments. At least one must be taken outside of CAS, but most students will take at least two from another department or college. The department has a list of pre-approved outside tool skill courses, but others may be taken with permission.
Did You Know?

An applied program is typically a better fit for students who know they want a job in industry as opposed to one in academia.

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Career Outcomes

  • Graduates are working in business, non-profit, activist organizations, academic, business, social service, and government settings. 
  • Positions graduates commonly obtain include marketing consultant, public relations manager, communications manager, journalist, human resources manager, speech writer, producer, technical communication specialist, and political campaign manager. 
  • These are some of the local companies that are hiring CSU grads: J.M. Smucker, Applied Sciences, Nestle, ARS International, Microbac, Battelle, and BASF Corporation.