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School of Communication & Journalism
Graduate Program

Who We Are

  • The Master of Arts degree program in the School of Communication and Journalism covers the four main areas of study in our discipline: communication, public relations, journalism and media studies.
  • Our goal is to provide students with an exceptional masters-level education focused on building critical and analytical skills in these areas.
  • Students work with graduate faculty to integrate theory, research and practice to fit their academic and professional goals.
  • CIOS's ComVista/ComAnalytics reported that our graduate program ranks in the top ten of its analytics for the publication of research in Organizational Communication, Health Communication and Television Studies.

About Our Program

  • The Master of Arts in Communication Studies is a 30-31 credit-hour program.
  • Our curriculum consists of:
    • Three required foundational courses in communication theory, qualitative research methods and quantitative research methods (9 credit hours).
    • Six classes of elective coursework in communication, public relations, journalism and media studies (18 credit hours).
    • A final thesis (4 credit hours) or comprehensive exam, which requires completing an internship (3 credit hours).
  • As an alternative, we offer a Communication Graduate Certificate, which is an 18 credit-hour program that involves taking the three required foundational courses (9 credit hours), and three courses of elective course work (9 credit hours).


Elizabeth Wilhoit Larson

Elizabeth Wilhoit Larson

Associate Professor

Graduate Program Director