Graduate Studies Information
Speech Communication participates in the Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS) program.
The MAIS degree allows a graduate student to attain broad, advanced knowledge and achievement from three fields of study. Any graduate major or minor may serve as a field for this degree. Two of the three fields may be from one department if the areas of concentration within these two fields are different. At least one field must be selected from among the programs in the College of Liberal Arts.
A minimum of 9 credit hours in each of the three fields of study is required; at least 12 credits must be taken in the College of Liberal Arts. No more than 21 credits (excluding thesis or research paper credit) may be taken in any field unless the total program exceeds 45 credits. There is no foreign language requirement. No more than 3 credit hours of blanket-numbered courses in each field of study may be used in the program; thesis credits (Option A) or research paper credits (Option B) are exempt from this limitation. The student's committee consists of four members of the graduate faculty - one from each of the three fields - and a Graduate Council representative. A final oral examination is required.
A minimum of 45 graduate credit hours and a 3.0 GPA are required for both degrees. A maximum of 15 graduate credit hours may be transferred from another accredited institution pending approval of the Department and the Graduate School. Oregon State University is on the quarter system, thus 1 semester unit equals 1.5 quarter units.
If you are interested in more information about graduate studies in Speech Communication, please contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Elizabeth Root.
Every year, Speech Communication accepts applications for graduate teaching assistant positions. The deadline for this application is March 31, 2014. Please note that this is a separate application from the MAIS application. Any student who applies for a GTA position in Speech Communication must claim Speech Communication as one of their three areas in the MAIS or must have Speech Communication as a minor area if their major concentration is in another department. If you have any questions about this application, please contact Dr. Elizabeth Root.
GTA Application (PDF)