University of Minnesota
Communication Studies

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Graduate Program

M.A. and Ph.D.

We offer M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Communication Studies, with specializations in:

Although most students emphasize one of these areas, we view communication studies as an integrated and coherent discipline. Students take courses in each of the three subdisciplines en route to gaining mastery over one of them.

The main objective of the graduate program is to prepare students to become researchers and teachers in universities and colleges. Therefore, the M.A. is not considered a terminal degree, but rather an integral part of your Ph.D. training. We invite talented students with a baccalaureate degree, as well as those who have already earned their M.A., to apply for admission.

Through formal course work, independent study, directed research projects, and participation in team research supervised by faculty, students have many opportunities for training and experience in research. Every student we admit is fully supported and gains valuable teaching experience with the support of a faculty mentor.