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ODU’s graduate degree program in Lifespan & Digital Communication is distinctive in the field of communication. It is one of the few in the U.S. to focus on lifespan communication, and the only one in the U.S. that combines relational communication and digital media studies into a comprehensive graduate program focusing on communication development across the lifespan. We'll equip you, the next generation of communication professionals and educators, to innovate, imagine and create the tools, methods and solutions critical for 21st century communication problems utilizing the most up-to-date research tools.
Focus Areas include: Strategic Communication, Lifespan Communication: Relationships & Groups, Media Studies and Professional Communication.
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.
Coursework can be completed on campus or online
Graduates from this major have gone to work at
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).
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.
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.
Students entering the Master of Arts program in Lifespan & Digital Communications should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Graduate Admission)
In addition to meeting all general University requirements, an applicant must have two letters of recommendation from faculty members, or those who can evaluate the applicant's academic potential; and 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.
An undergraduate average of at least 3.25 in Communication or a related field and a 3.0 overall.
GRE scores typically at or above 1000 as a composite of verbal and quantitative scores.
Estimated rates for the 2021-22 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.
Our enrollment coordinators are ready to help you through the admissions process.
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