Requirements: Development Track, MA in Global Communications

(48 credits)

Graduation REQUIREMENTS – Graduate

Requirements and credit counts differ for the various Master’s programs at AUP. Please note that all requirements from previous years can be found in our archive catalogs.

Graduate students must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00. Students with a GPA of less than 3.00 will be placed on probation. Only two grades of C (or C+) may be counted towards an M.A. degree. Students do not earn credit for grades below C. 

All courses carry four credits unless otherwise noted. 

 

Core courses (16 credits)

COURSE NUMBER COURSE NAME
CM5001 Global Communications: Concepts, Critical Approaches and Research Methods
PO5012
or CM5025
Civil Society: International & Comparative Perspectives 
or Communications and the Global Public Sphere
CM5053 Development Communications
CM5063
or CM5068
Sustainable Development Practicum
or NGO Practicum

Core Options (16 credits)

Select four courses from the following list
COURSE NUMBER COURSE NAME
CM/PO5003 Cultural Diversity and Globalization: Goods and Actors
CM5005 Identity Formation in a Transnational World
CM5016 Digital Advocacy Within/Without Borders
CM5020 Choose two modules, if relevant (2 credits each)
CM5020
CM5022 Place Branding
CM5028 Video Production 
CM5062 Digital Writing Practicum
CM5065 Broadcast Journalism Practicum
CM5067 Advertising Practicum
CM5070 Media, Gender & Globalization
CM5073 Media and Society in the Middle East and North Africa
CM5076 Food, Culture and the Global City
CM5077 Communication and the Global City
CM5080 Visual Design Practicum
CM/PO5081 Collaborative Methods in Conflict Resolution
PO/LW5XXX Selected Politics of Law Courses
CM5091 Topics in Global Communications (relevant to track)

 

Electives (8 credits)

Course Number Course Name
Elective 1 Choose two courses from all other MAGC offerings or selected courses from other Master's programs
Elective 2

 

INTERNSHIP OR THESIS (8 credits)

End-level completions are either a thesis or internship. 

Course Number Course Name (prerequisites)
CM5098
or CM5095
Internship
Thesis Project

 

Cross-Disciplinary Enrollments 

Depending on individual graduate program requirements, a student may request to take a graduate-level course offered by another department outside the student’s program. Access to such courses is limited on a space-available basis and subject to program director prior approval. However, no more than eight (8) credit hours may be substituted outside the program’s disciplinary base. 

 

Studying French 

Full-time graduate students may apply to audit one French course per semester. Graduate students who wish to study French may audit one undergraduate course per semester at no additional cost (fall/spring semesters). A placement exam is required to determine the appropriate level. Access to French courses is on a space-available basis. As French is a participatory course, AUP attendance policy applies to French course audits. 

Current graduate students may request to participate in the French Immersion program offered each summer as an auditor. A reduced rate is charged for the immersion, plus a nominal fee to cover the costs of the coffee/croissant break. 

 

RECOMMENDED TIMELINE (FALL ENTRY)

FALL SPRING SUMMER FALL
3 core courses 3 core courses 2 core courses Internship/Thesis*
1 elective course 1 elective courses    
16 credits 16 credits 8 credits 8 credits

 

RECOMMENDED TIMELINE (SPRING ENTRY)

SPRING SUMMER FALL SPRING
3 core courses 2 core courses 3 core courses Internship/Thesis*
1 elective course   1 elective course  
16 credits 8 credits 16 credits 8 credits

 

 

ACCELERATED TIMELINE

IMPORTANT NOTE: STUDENTS CAN CHOOSE THIS OPTION UPON APPROVAL FROM THEIR ACADEMIC ADVISOR
1ST SEMESTER 2ND SEMESTER 3RD SEMESTER
3 core courses 3 core courses 2 core courses
1 elective course 1 elective course Internship/Thesis
16 credits 16 credits 16 credits

 

* The length of the internship or thesis may vary, however—many students choose to take additional time for these components. 
** A special note:  U.S. Federal regulations state that AUP students receiving federal loans cannot do their Internship or write up their thesis in the United States. Students can only complete an Internship in the United States when it is not in pursuit of their degree.