Dr. Mark Congdon and his advisor Dr. Liliana Herakova celebrate graduation.

We are proud to offer a M.A. and Ph.D. in Communication with two major areas of study: Communication and Mass Communication. Our graduate program was identified as one of the top M.A. programs in the Eastern United States and “among the most rigorous academic master’s programs in the country.” Each year about 24 graduate students actively pursue graduate degrees. With 10 graduate faculty, we work closely with students in courses and on various academic projects and research interests.

Master of Arts Degree

The M.A. program combines teaching and research in a curriculum that prepares students for scholarly inquiry or work outside the academy. For the M.A. in Communication, graduate students can pursue one of two two major areas of interest: Communication or Media Studies. Both areas provide students with a liberal arts curriculum that prepares them for life in the twenty-first century. We emphasize a broad understanding of historical and contemporary theories; the Research skills necessary to explore and contribute to knowledge; and the ability to apply knowledge beyond the classroom in public and private organizations. The Master of Arts in Communication and Media Studies provides students with a broad foundation for doctoral study and for employment as communication specialists and professionals. More information can be found here.

Ph.D. Degree

The Department of Communication and Journalism offers a Ph.D. in Communication. The program enrolls approximately 4-8 doctoral students at a time and is designed for students looking to integrate the theory and research areas of Communication or Mass Communication along with a secondary concentration in another discipline such as Psychology, English, Disability Studies, History, Women’s Studies, and more. Our successful Ph.D. students are prepared to: become a faculty member or join an appropriate profession; conduct research while utilizing theories and methods blended from different disciplines; make linkages between disciplines and professions. More information can be found here.