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Dissertation Topics In Communication

Master’s in Communication Thesis Topics

  • Teenagers, Texting and Interpersonal Relationships
  • ‘Infotainment’ and Its Effect on Society
  • Online Books vs. Traditional Books for Preschool Children
  • The Growth of the Internet and Its Effect on Employee Productivity
  • The Role of Internet Advertisements in Shaping Buying Habits

Looking at five topics for a Master’s in Communication thesis is a productive way for students to start this extensive project. A master’s degree helps to prepare a student for work as a public relations manager, a journalist, a television producer and many other careers in communications. But, in order to earn the degree, a student must first complete a thesis. Consider five possible topics for a Master’s in Communication thesis.

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1. Teenagers, Texting and Interpersonal Relationships

This is an excellent topic for a thesis because there have been many studies done on this issue. A student should have no problem finding and citing several relevant studies. Also, as technology improves, this topic is starting to have an effect on society as a whole. A master’s student writing on this topic has the opportunity to interview teenagers to get their thoughts on this subject and learn how they establish relationships in this technological age. This subject gives a student a lot of freedom in deciding how to approach this significant issue.

2. ‘Infotainment’ and Its Effect on Society

A master’s thesis in communication written about ‘infotainment’ would make for a compelling read. Students who choose this option have many research studies at their disposal. They can use these studies to support their thesis statement. Also, students have the opportunity to delve deeply into the subtle differences between a straightforward newscast and a newscast that mixes in fluff pieces about the entertainment industry. If a student knows anyone in the news industry, he or she can ask the person about this issue. A student’s findings can contribute more authority to the thesis.

3. Online Books vs. Traditional Books for Preschool Children

A thesis written about this topic is going to garner attention from a student’s instructors. It can be an emotional issue. There are some people who are enthusiastic about reading books online while others are dead set against anything but traditional paper books. Not surprisingly, more and more of today’s preschool children are reading books online. Students writing about this topic have access to many studies done about children who read books in both forms. This thesis is about a topic that will continue to be relevant for decades to come.

4. The Growth of the Internet and Its Effect on Employee Productivity

Students choosing this thesis topic are sure to find lots of research studies and papers written on the effect of the Internet on employee productivity. Students can include policies regarding Internet use put into place by specific companies and the reasons behind those policies. A student may even interview a few employees of large corporations to get their take on the effect of the Internet and social media on their work. Also, students can incorporate certain scenarios into their writing to demonstrate the validity of their thesis statement.

5. The Role of Internet Advertisements in Shaping Buying Habits

Pop-ups, polls and other types of Internet advertising are a familiar sight to anyone who goes online. That’s why this is an exciting topic for a Master’s in Communication thesis. Students can discuss how these virtual ads affect an online user’s buying habits. Also, they can outline the techniques used by companies to ensure their ads are seen by as many people as possible. This thesis topic gives students the chance to look at specific ads to see if there is a connection between an ad and the company’s performance.

Settling on a great topic is the first step to writing a compelling paper. These five topics for a Master’s in Communication thesis can prompt a student to come up with some convincing ideas.

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Theses/Dissertations from 2016

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Corporate Social Responsibility Communication: Beliefs in Motives, First- and Third-Person Effects and Behavioral Consequences, Nianyuan Cheng

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Crimean Referendum: Annexation VS Reunification. Framing Analysis of Online News Coverage in Russia and the U.S., Anna Dedova

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Investigating the Determinants of Recycling Behavior in Youth by Using Theory of Planned Behavior., Tejaswini Gadiraju

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Media Perceptions on Sexual Assault on College Campuses, Maggie M. Hall

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The Impact of Emojis and Emoticons on Online Consumer Reviews, Perceived Company Response Quality, Brand Relationship, and Purchase Intent., Jayme Hill Hill

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Media Multitasking and Memory: The Role of Message Modalities, Le Nguyen

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Cultivating Philanthropy in Community Colleges: A Dual-Model Approach, Rachel Faith Pleasant

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Avatar Self-Identification, Self-Esteem, and Perceived Social Capital in the Real World: A Study of World of Warcraft Players and their Avatars, Melissa Watts

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The Effects of Mission Statement Design on Behavioral Intention, Jonathan David West

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Impact of a Brand Crisis on Nation Branding: An Analysis of Tweets about VW’s Emissions Crisis, Kara Julie Whytas

Theses/Dissertations from 2015

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Responding to a Rumor: How Crisis Response Strategies Influence Relationship Outcomes, Bo Breuklander

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Crisis Communication and Celebrity Scandal: An Experiment on Response Strategies, Leah Champion

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Speaking Their Language: Textisms in Today's Communication, Adam Lloyd Drum

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Direct-to-Consumer Messaging: A Phenomenological Examination of DTC Best Practices, Nicholas Dominick Fancera

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Examining Endorsement and Viewership Effects on the Source Credibility of YouTubers, Stephanie Fred

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The Cultivation of Eating Disorders Through Instagram, Kendall O'Brien

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Online Game Advertising and Chinese College Students: Attitudes, First- and Third-Person Effects, Yan Tang

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On the Convergence of Cinema and Theme Parks: Developing a Predictable Model for Creative Design, Ryan Luke Terry

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I Threw My Pie for You: Engagement and Loyalty on TV Show Facebook Pages, Tracy M. Wisneski

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First- and Third-Person Effects of Alcohol Advertising on Chinese College Students, Dong Xue

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Framing Occupy Central: A Content Analysis of Hong Kong, American and British Newspaper Coverage, Mengjiao Yu

Theses/Dissertations from 2014

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Climate Change, Situational Theory of Problem Solving, and Issue Framing Effects, Michael Eddie Burch

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British Cultural Narrative in Winston Churchill's Political Communication, Andres L. Faza

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Communication Behavior Study of Support in the Arts Using the Situational Theory of Publics and the Theory of Reasoned Action, Ashleigh Gallant

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A Comparison Study on Violent Video Games: Explained by the Gamers Themselves, Christopher John Kneifer

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Applying Public Relations Theory to Assess Service-Learning Relationships, Karen Strand

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EFFECTS OF COUNTRY OF ORIGIN, COUNTRY ANIMOSITY AND FOREIGN PRODUCT USAGE EXPERIENCES ON PRODUCT JUDGEMENT: A STUDY OF CHINESE CUSTOMERS, Cong Sui

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The Accidental Motivator: Florida's Medicinal Marijuana Ballot Initiative's Impact on the Youth Vote, Robert Winsler

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An Examination of Motives, Experiences, and Behaviors of MMORPG Players, Theresa Lynn Woods

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Social Media Use During The College Transition, Kevin J. Yurasek

Theses/Dissertations from 2013

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Media and USF Students' Perception of Terrorism, Mamdoh Suleiman Al-Ameri

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Factors Prospective Students Consider When Selecting an MBA Program, Lorie Plyler Briggs

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Cause-Related Controversy: An Analysis of Corporate Sponsor Response to the Susan G. Komen/Planned Parenthood Crisis, Christina Maria Cameron

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The Role of Consumer Gender Identity and Brand Concept Consistency in Evaluating Cross-Gender Brand Extensions, Laura Rose Frieden

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Chinese Consumers' Evaluation of Domestic and Foreign Products: The Roles of Country of Origin and Product Usage Experience, Yuze Gao

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The Effect of Stealth Advertising in Newscasts on Viewers' Recall, Fany Georgieva

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Organization Public Relationships on Social Media: The Experience of Those Who "Like" Oreo on Facebook, Rodobaldo Miguel Gonzalez Iii

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Media Propaganda: A Framing Analysis of Radio Broadcasts from U.S. to Cuba, Melissa Joy Gonzalez

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Knowledge, Involvement and Emergency Preparedness, Season Groves

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Citizens United, the Marketplace, and Influence, Corin Shanti La Pointe-Aitchison

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Hispanic Acculturation and Social Media Engagement: A Uses and Gratifications Perspective, Roland Rahe Massa

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A study on the depiction of drug usage, alcohol consumption and cigarette smoking in movies and its perceived effect on a young audience. A comparative study of American and Indian cinema and their respective Audiences., Zain Farook Merchant

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Excellent leadership in Public Relations: A question of experience and the PR practitioner, Roelof Oldenbanning

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Strategic Messaging in a Political Crisis: Testing the Integrated Model for Explaining the Communication Behavior of Publics, Tiffany Lynn Schweickart

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Colors and Mapping: The Right to Receive Information, Kathryn Stephanie Skupien

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Facebook Users' Feedback of Restaurants: Does it affect other users?, Lauren Rose Webber

Theses/Dissertations from 2011

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Corporate Speech: A Frame Anaylsis of CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News Coverage of Citizens United v. FEC, Emma Rachel Brown

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A Focus Group Study of Baby Boomers' Processing and Interpretations of Fear Appeals in Health Care Reform Political Advertising, Allyson Dawn Calandro

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The Hero Soldier: Portrayals of Soldiers in War Films, Gavin Davie

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The Relationship Between American Media Exposure and Trinidadian Female Adolescents' Body Image Satisfaction, Clarabelle Ferguson

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Public Perceptions of Organizational Culture and Organization-Public Relationships, Cherisse Fonseca Rivera

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Mentoring Experiences Among Female Public Relations Entrepreneurs: A Qualitative Investigation, Sabina Gaggioli

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Internships in Public Relations and Advertising: The Nature of the Experience From the Student's Perspective, Catherine Ann Gugerty

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Framing and the End of Operation Iraqi Freedom, James Robert Hickman

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Goal Compatibility and Emotional Intensity: An Experimental Study of Graphic Images in Strategic Communication, Lauren Marie Klinger

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Talking with ALS Patients: An Exploratory Study of Patient Attitudes toward Mass Messages about ALS, Kamden Kuhn

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USF's Coverage of Women's Athletics: A Census of the USF Athletics Home Web Page, Laura Ann Lebeau

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Framing 10/12 and 3/11 in American and European News, Andrea Lypka

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New Media Photographic Representations of Women`s Collegiate Volleyball: Game Faces, Action Shots, and Equipment, Alicia Pack

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Gaming Literacy: Construct Validation and Scale Construction, Kenneth Allen Rosenberg

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Framing Christianity: A frame analysis of Fundamentalist Christianity from 2000-2009, Rebecca Mackin Sitten

Theses/Dissertations from 2010

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Bastards, Brains, Boobs and Performance: A Retrospective Account, Joanna Bartell

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An Ecology of Performance: Gregory Bateson's Cybernetic Performance, Daniel Matthew Blaeuer

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Gatekeeping and citizen journalism: A qualitative examination of participatory newsgathering, Amani Channel

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Extending situational crisis communication theory: Attitude and reputation following the 2004-05 NHL lockout, Melanie Formentin

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Nautical Knowledge: An Experimental Analysis of the Influence of Public Relations Strategies in Safe Boating Communication, Emily N. Guilfoil

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Sports fans' media usage at a Kansas City Chiefs' fan club, Robert J. Huebert

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An Ethnography of the Bay Area Renaissance Festival: Performing Community and Reconfiguring Gender, Matthew Johnson

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News Media Representations of Women in the U.S. Military Post September 11, 2001, Colleen Krepstekies

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Consumer Responses to Stereotypical vs. Non-Stereotypical Depictions of Women in Travel Advertising, Jessica Eran McDonald

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Adolf Hitler – America’s First Black President and Other Oval Office Demons: The Right-Wing Rhetorical Assault On Barack Obama’s Health Care Plan, Daniel Ruth

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The effect of color congruency and involvement on non-profit organizational messaging, Claire Selius

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Headline Hawai`i: Racial aloha in kama`aina news, Cory J. Weaver

Theses/Dissertations from 2009

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The effect of celebrity endorsements on gift-giving purchases: An application of the elaboration likelihood model, Christine Anghel

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The effect of corporate social responsibility: Exploring the relationship among CSR, attitude toward the brand, purchase intention, and persuasion knowledge, Duangkaew Chaisurivirat

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Humor and attitude toward homosexuals: The case of Will & Grace, Heather Cribbs

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Risk communication: An analysis of message source and function in hurricane mitigation/preparedness communication, Andrew M. Gallo

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Politics, journalism and Web 2.0 in the 2008 U.S. presidential elections, Wayne Scott Garcia

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The pessimism of horror cinema: A comparative study between modernist and post-modernist horror cinema, Michael Jeknavorian

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Social network web sites and intra-organizational relationships: Using Facebook to build employee relationships at Serena Software, Rianna K. Lee Sing

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An experimental investigation into the impact of crisis response strategies and relationship history on relationship quality and corporate credibility, Camille Roberts

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An empirical analysis of public perception of reclaimed water applying the situational theory of publics, Jessica Voss

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Responding to crises: A test of the situational crisis communication theory, Courtney Wright