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Communication (B.A./B.S.) and Lifespan & Digital Communication (M.A.)

The linked bachelor's/master's degree in lifespan and digital communication is administered by the Communication and Theatre Arts Department.  The purpose of this option is to allow exceptional majors in communication to count up to 6 hours of 500-level graduate coursework towards both the B.A. or B.S. in communication and, if accepted, the M.A. in lifespan and digital communication.  Students in the linked program must earn a minimum of 156 credit hours (120 for the undergraduate degree and 36 for the graduate degree).

Communication (B.A./B.S.) and Lifespan & Digital Communication (M.A.)


Description


What is Communication, Lifespan & Digital Communication at ODU like?

The linked bachelor's/master's degree in lifespan and digital communication is administered by the Communication and Theatre Arts Department.  The purpose of this option is to allow exceptional majors in communication to count up to 6 hours of 500-level graduate coursework towards both the B.A. or B.S. in communication and, if accepted, the M.A. in lifespan and digital communication.  Students in the linked program must earn a minimum of 156 credit hours (120 for the undergraduate degree and 36 for the graduate degree).

Program Highlights


What makes Communication, Lifespan & Digital Communication at ODU unique?

  • Study with award-winning, nationally- known communication faculty members

  • Learn to research by working directly with actively publishing scholars as well as working professionals

  • Present your papers at professional conferences internationally, nationally, and regionally

  • Get to know communication’s graduate faculty and graduate students during weekly dinners

  • Have fun with graduate faculty and graduate students during program outings while you build professional communication networks

Careers


What are some careers in this field?

Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Public Relations Specialists

$67,990

MEDIAN SALARY


Engage in promoting or creating an intended public image for individuals, groups, or organizations. May write or select material for release to various communications media.

Criminal Investigators and Special Agents

$83,320

MEDIAN SALARY


Investigate alleged or suspected criminal violations of Federal, state, or local laws to determine if evidence is sufficient to recommend prosecution.

Public Relations and Fundraising Managers

$127,690

MEDIAN SALARY


Plan, direct, or coordinate activities designed to create or maintain a favorable public image or raise issue awareness for their organization or client; or if engaged in fundraising, plan, direct, or coordinate activities to solicit and maintain funds for special projects or nonprofit organizations.

Advertising and Promotions Managers

$123,880

MEDIAN SALARY


Plan, direct, or coordinate advertising policies and programs or produce collateral materials, such as posters, contests, coupons, or give-aways, to create extra interest in the purchase of a product or service for a department, an entire organization, or on an account basis.

Employers


Graduates from this major have gone to work at

Experient, PRR Marketing Consulting, Virginia Department of Veterans Services [Education, Job Transition, University of North Carolina, Charlotte, University Career Center, ODU Career Development Services.

Courses


What are some courses offered in Communication, Lifespan & Digital Communication at ODU?

COMM 523:
Nonviolent Communication and Peace


Perspectives on nonviolent communication and peace are covered from the micro level |e.g., individual beliefs and worldviews) to interpersonal relationships |e.g., conflict management), groups |e.g., tribes, gangs), organizational systems |e.g., businesses, governments), and macro or global level |e.g., political relationships between nations).

COMM 573:
Television and Society


The role of television in the cultural, psychological, and economic life of America. The structure and design of television programs; and the history and function of television in reinforcing or altering public perceptions of ideas, events, and people. Major critical approaches are employed in examining television's social impact and global reach.

COMM 624:
Positive Communication Across the Lifespan


This course examines communication theories and research in light of the theories and research of positive psychology. Topics include: strengths-based communication theorizing, communication and happiness, positive communication functions, creative communication, and positive communication outcomes (health, wellness, peace, hope). Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor.

Requirements


What are the requirements to apply for Communication, Lifespan & Digital Communication at ODU?

Students entering the BA+MA,BS+MA program in Communication, Lifespan & Digital Communication should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Undergraduate Admission)

  • Admission to the Linked Program 

    Junior status, undergraduate average of at least 3.25 in Communication and a 3.0 overall; two letters of recommendation from faculty members; a 500-word essay that outlines the applicant's professional and personal goals in pursuing this degree, while explaining the relationship of these aforementioned goals to the Lifespan and Digital Communication degree program.

  • Admission to the MA Program

    Must earn a B or better in the 500-level course(s) taken during linked undergraduate studies. In addition to meeting all general University requirements for undergraduate degree completion, an applicant must have an undergraduate average of at least 3.25 in Communication; at least a 3.0 overall; and submit GRE scores in average ranges, for example: Verbal 152 – 158, Quantitative 153 – 158, and Writing 4.0, in order to be accepted to continue into the MA program. 

     

Cost

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2022-23 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident


Per Credit:

$ 374

Non-Resident


Per Credit:

$ 1,039

Active Duty Military Rate


Per Credit:

$ 250

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States


Per Credit:

$ 407

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

Graduate Assistantships


Competitive graduate assistantships (Teaching, Research, and Program Support) are available after admitted to the MA degree.

Next Steps


I like this program. What are the next steps?

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Name:

Gary Beck


Location:

3020 BATTEN ARTS & LETTERS, NORFOLK, VA, 23529



Office:

757-683-5168


Undergraduate Admissions


Location:

1004 Rollins Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3685


Fax:

757-683-3255


Email:

admissions@odu.edu


International Admissions


Location:

2101 Dragas Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3701


Fax:

757-683-3651


Email:

intladm@odu.edu

Transfer


I like this program and want to transfer. What are my next steps?

At ODU, we understand that as a transfer student you have unique needs that require a wide array of campus resources. The Center for Advising Administration and Academic Partnerships aims to create a transfer inclusive culture that supports the successful transition, engagement, and academic achievement of transfer students. The services and programs offered to you as a Monarch are endless so take advantage of every opportunity. Even before you set foot on campus, we encourage you to Explore, Experience, and Engage! Visit our Transfer Students page for more information.

Additional Programs


Are there other programs at ODU I may be interested in?

With over 120 undergraduate programs, 130 graduate programs at the master'seducation specialist and doctoral levels plus a wealth of certificate and professional development programs, Old Dominion University has the program for you. Visit our academic program listing page to see other programs ODU has to offer.

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