Current Students: Advising and Forms

The Graduate Coordinator serves as the academic advisor for all M.A. students. Students can meet with the Graduate Coordinator to discuss interests, coursework, and how to select a culminating experience. The Graduate Coordinator can also offer guidance about finding a thesis or project advisor. The current Graduate Coordinator is Dr. Oona Hatton,

Should you elect to write a thesis or project after completing the comprehensive exams, the Graduate Program Coordinator will help you identify a member of the Communication Studies graduate faculty to serve as your mentor. Students may elect to write a thesis or conduct a project after passing the comprehensive exams. In either case, it is necessary to find an advisor and constitute a thesis or project committee. 


SJSU uses the learning management system Canvas for most courses. The M.A. Canvas shell includes important deadlines, program information, recordings, info session PowerPoints, and other student resources. All admitted COMM graduate students should have access via their Canvas portal. If you follow the below instructions and do not see the Canvas shell listed, please contact


Some commonly used forms are linked below; these are also available on the M.A. Canvas shell.