The SJMC offers three graduate degree options:

  • PhD in Mass Communication
  • Master’s in Mass Communication
  • Online Master's Degree in Strategic Communication

Each program emphasizes individualized inquiry in a lively intellectual environment where students and faculty work together as a community of learners.

The PhD and Master’s in Mass Communication programs start in the fall semester. Deadline to apply is January 10 for the following fall. Students seeking financial assistance should apply by that date.

Applications for the Online Master's Degree in Strategic Communication program are accepted for spring, summer, and fall semesters.

The School of Journalism & Mass Communication Graduate Studies Handbook can be viewed here.  Current and prospective students are encouraged to contact the Director of Graduate Studies for any additional questions about the program.

Master of Arts in Mass Communication

The Master of Arts in Mass Communication is an academically-oriented degree that prepares students for doctoral studies or a career in research.

Research Strengths

  • critical and cultural studies
  • sports and media
  • international/development studies
  • health and science communication
  • journalism studies
  • history of media and media institutions

Want to get started?

Learn more about the program, including courses, curriculum, and requirements here.

Master of Arts in Strategic Communication

The Master of Arts in Strategic Communication program focuses on the skills, knowledge, and experience that working professionals need, including the ability to anticipate and meet the challenges of radical change in the media landscape.

Designed for Professionals

The program prepares studies for a wide variety of areas, such as:

  • corporate and organizational communication,
  • public relations,
  • integrated marketing communication,
  • advertising,
  • political and public affairs communication,
  • health communication,
  • event management, and
  • professional writing.

Want to get started?

Learn more about the program, including courses, curriculum, and requirements here.

PhD in Mass Communication

The PhD program provides training in research methods, communication theory and teaching skills. The School is the home of the first PhD program in the field of mass communication. Graduate courses are small and many students collaborate with faculty members in their research. Students in the PhD program prepare for careers as teachers and researchers.

Research Strengths

  • critical and cultural studies
  • sports and media
  • international/development studies
  • health and science communication
  • journalism studies
  • history of media and media institutions

Want to get started?

Learn more about the program, including courses, curriculum, and requirements here.