The MA in Communication provides opportunities for students to pursue advanced study of human communication to understand, critique, and actively engage contemporary interpersonal, organizational, cultural, social, and media-related issues. With a focus on both the theory and practice of communication, the program seeks to develop engaged scholars, critical thinkers, and leaders capable of practicing communicative perspectives in a variety of contexts. Supported by graduate faculty advisors and committees, graduate students develop their scholarship and independent research and writing abilities while learning to critically examine the complexities of communication, social interaction, and media. The program encourages students to connect their study of communication with their professional interests, civic engagements, or life aspirations.
The program offers a vibrant intellectual community and supportive graduate culture. While earning a Master’s degree in Communication, students choose courses across three interrelated and mutually-supportive areas of study: 1) Relational and Organizational Studies—exploring communication among individuals, groups, and organizations to enhance personal relationships and improve the ways we live and work well with others; 2) Critical/Cultural Studies—critiquing social, political, and cultural practices to examine issues of power, difference, and rhetoric in everyday life; and 3) Media Studies—examining the cultural and political influences of media to better engage in the production and consumption of news, information, and entertainment in a democratic society. While some gravitate toward a particular area of interest, graduate students take course across all areas of study to gain a broad-based mastery of the field of communication and promote a collaborative and inclusive graduate community.