Wondering what comes after graduation? Is graduate school right for you?

SCOM Graduate Program hosts an information session for students who want to know more about graduate school next Tuesday, Feb. 18. Students who are interested can attend one of the two sessions: 12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.or 2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.


According to a recent Georgetown University study, communication graduates with advanced degrees (a masters or PhD) will earn about $10,000 more per year by mid-career than graduates without advanced degrees.  http://ncablog.org/2013/06/05/whats-a-comm-major-worth/. Here is an excerpt from the article.


COMM majors who are recent college graduates command median earnings of about $33,000. This is higher than Humanities and Liberal Arts majors ($30K) and equal to Law and Public Policy majors ($33K), but lower than Engineering majors ($54K) and Business majors ($39K). Graduate degree holders in COMM have median earnings of $64,000, ahead of majors in the Arts, Education, Recreation, and Psychology & Social Work.

For COMM, the unemployment rates are 7.8% for recent college graduates, 6.0% for experienced college graduates, and 4.2% for graduate degree holders. Recent college graduates in the Humanities and Liberal Arts face a 9.0% unemployment rate while those in Psychology & Social Work are looking at an 8.8% rate, and those in Social Science are facing a 10.3% unemployment rate.

The PRSSA JMU Chapter and the SCOM faculty cordially invite all SCOM juniors and seniors to come learn more about the option of graduate school. We strongly encourage you to attend a session if you have some questions like below:


  • Have you ever wondered if earning a graduate degree might be right for you?
  • Would you like to know more about your post-graduation options?
  • Did you know that most graduate programs will pay you to earn a masters or doctorate degree?


Here is a more detailed information about the sessions.

  • Date:   Tuesday, February 18, 2014
  • Time:   Choose the time that best fits your schedule
  • Session 1: 12:30-1:45; Session 2: 2:00-3:15 (sessions are the same)
  • Where: Harrison Hall 1290


A panel of SCOM faculty members will discuss the following questions and answer your questions:

  • How do I decide if graduate school is a good choice for me?
  • Does a graduate degree give me an advantage in the job market?
  • What are the best ways to fund graduate study without going into debt?
  • How do I pick a graduate program in communication studies?
  • Should I consider a graduate program in another area of study?
  • How do I apply for graduate school and what should I expect from the application process?

If you cannot make it to this program, feel free to contact your adviser, your favorite faculty member, or Dr. Pete Bsumek, SCOM Graduate Program Director .