Degree Programs

MA and PhD studies

The Department of Communication offers MAs and PhDs. Although an MA is offered, there is no distinct, terminal MA track, and very few students who plan to complete only an MA are admitted to the program. Students who enter the graduate program with a BA take most of the same classes as those who enter with an MA.

  • The MA requires 30 credits of coursework and a 6-credit thesis, for a total of 36 credits. See the MA overview.
  • The PhD requires a minimum of 60 credits beyond the bachelor's degree plus 6 credits (or more) in research methodologies or other research tools, plus credits for the dissertation. See the PhD overview.
  • Plans of study conforming to specific program requirements are prepared individually in consultation with faculty advisors.


We recognize the field’s distinctive perspectives, each with its own units of analysis and observation, traditions of research, and theories and applications. Disciplinary specializations we offer include the following:

  • Communication Theory
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Communication Policy
  • Media Effects
  • Critical Cultural Studies
  • Performance Studies
  • Cultural Production
  • Political Economy
  • Feminist Studies
  • Popular Culture
  • Film Studies
  • Rhetoric and Public Discourse
  • Global Communication Studies
  • Language and Social Interaction