The Graduate Programs cultivate a learning environment that integrates teaching, research and service. Within this environment students acquire the advanced knowledge and skills of their discipline and become agile in the use of tools and technology that practitioners use in their profession. At the same time, they acquire an appreciation of the ethical, legal and cross-cultural dimensions of their professions.
Research and experiential learning are important components of all the Master's degree programs. Students are encouraged to pursue their own research interests, while opportunities are also available to participate in student-faculty research projects. All the graduate programs culminate in a thesis or (for the MBA) consultancy project.
Course of Study
Students can pursue graduate studies as either full- or part-time students. Full-time students can complete their graduate studies at the master’s level in about two years, depending on their concentration (some concentrations, such as those in translation and conference interpretation, can be completed in one year of full time-study). At the doctoral level, students will ordinarily need three years of full-time study, excluding the dissertation.
The required and elective curriculum specific to each Graduate Program is described in the relevant sections below. In general, however, the Ph.D. in Language and Communication requires the successful completion of a 58 credit program of advanced study and research. At the Master’s level, required credit hours ranges from 36 to 53, depending upon the discipline.