The 36-hour non-thesis track includes the core of nine hours and 27 hours of mass communication electives. Students also have the option of taking 21-24 hours of mass communication electives and three to six hours of electives from graduate courses outside the school with the consent of the graduate adviser. The electives may allow students to select courses in areas that support their special research or career-related needs and interests. The electives allow students to select courses in areas that support their special research or job-related needs and interests. The non-thesis option requires three more credit hours than the thesis option.
In their last semester in the program, students on the non-thesis track must pass a three-hour written comprehensive examination to be taken over a one-week period usually in November or April. These examinations are not held during the summer sessions.