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College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Communication Studies

Communication Studies Students

Programs of Study

Graduate Studies

Why study with us?

  • Become a more reflexive, ethical and effective communicator
  • Explore a wide range of creative methodologies
  • Design your own research to match your interests and career goals
  • Collaborate closely with our faculty of teacher-scholars
  • Be a part of an engaged and inclusive graduate community
  • Prepare for your career as a passionate educator or practitioner

M.A. in Communication Studies

Our Master of Arts in Communication Studies offers a broad and critical exploration of ideas and contexts within the discipline.  Through communication, you will examine your various identities and the ideologies that impact you as you learn to resolve conflict and reach ethical decisions.  This customizable degree allows you to explore an area of focus in more depth, including:

  • Interpersonal and family communication
  • Culture and communication
  • Rhetoric and communication ethics

Ph.D. in Communication Studies

Students in our Ph.D. in Communication Studies program dive deep into a research area of their interest.  As a student in our program, you will focus on designing your own research and developing the art of teaching in a way that honors your commitments and passions.  Our committed faculty mentors will guide you in preparing a paper for publication or a syllabus for classroom teaching.  

Career Preparation

The critical thinking, inclusive communication and flexible problem-solving skills that you will gain through sustained study of communication will benefit you in any professional setting.  At the graduate level, many of our students become passionate educators and faculty members, while others may establish careers in:

  • Government
  • Journalism
  • Marketing
  • Public Relations
  • Social Work

The ability to communicate clearly is invaluable in any role.  To help our students achieve their career goals we provide professional development sessions for teach and job application preparation, often in conversation with Career Services.

Graduate Student Engagement

In 2016, the Communication Studies department won the University of Denver's award for the Community-Engaged Department of the Year from the Center for Community Engagement and Learning.  

As a department, we encourage our students to partner directly with communities on and off-campus, collaborating toward community-driven goals.  Many of our students are actively engaged in leadership positions that make the University of Denver a more inclusive, active, and graduate-student-friendly environment, including:

Dual Degrees

Customize your curriculum to meet your career objectives by combining any two graduate programs.  For instance, many of our students have combined a Master of Arts in Communication Studies with a Master of Social Work

Request more information about the Communication Studies Department or start your application