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College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Media, Film & Journalism Studies

Programs of Study

Programs of Study

Graduate Programs

Our world is profoundly influenced by media and communication. From our daily diet of news and entertainment, to the social networks we use to connect with others, to the countless commercial and political messages that vie for our attentions and loyalties – our experiences are thoroughly mediated. But do we really understand the power of media and communication in our lives and in our society? And can we harness this power to make a positive difference in the world, while pursuing fulfilling careers and lives? Find your own answers to these and other questions about media and communication when you join one of the graduate programs in the Department of Media, Film, and Journalism Studies.

Our innovative master's degrees offer a combination of theoretical and practical courses that prepare you for success in the diverse and dynamic fields of media and communication. You will be challenged and inspired to ask your own questions, conduct independent research, solve real communication problems, and find your own voice and career path in the increasingly multi-platform and multicultural media environment. You will also have access to our internship program, a unique extension of the classroom, which will help you gain professional experience and connections that will benefit you after graduation. Whether you are interested in a professional or an academic career, our master's programs will give you a solid foundation and a set of skills to help you turn your questions into answers and become an ethical, culturally sensitive, and socially aware communicator.

Our Degrees

The Department of Media, Film & Journalism Studies offers two graduate degrees:

Graduate Certificates

Meet our Graduate Directors

Nadia Kaneva and Erika Polson

In Fall 2017 two of our professors began new roles as directors of our graduate programs. Dr. Nadia Kaneva (left) serves as graduate director to the MA in Media and Public Communication program and
Dr. Erika Polson is graduate director to the MA in International and Intercultural Communication program. Find out more about their vision for the graduate programs.

 

Hear what our alumni have to say

Our graduates find success in all corners of the world. We asked a few of them to talk briefly about their student experience at DU and give us an update on where they are now. See what our alumni have to say

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Connect with Us

We want to talk to you! Here are some ways to get more information about our graduate programs. 

  • Complete a brief form and receive more information about our graduate programs.
  • Email us at [email protected] to speak with our Communications & Recruitment Specialist about any questions or to schedule a customized visit. 
Hear from a Student

Our graduate students love to talk about their experiences. Email us at [email protected] to schedule an online chat session or to start an email conversation with a current student. 

Cost of Attendance and Financial Aid 
  • Cost of Attendance: For the 2018-2019 school year the cost per credit is $1,372. Find out more details about the cost of attendance from the Office of Financial Aid.   
  • Federal Aid: New students who wish to obtain federal aid must submit a FAFSA (Free Application for Student Aid) by February 1. The deadline for continuing students is March 1. Federal aid may be awarded in the form of loans or work study hours. For more information please see the Financial Aid website.
  • Departmental Aid: we are able to award a limited number of scholarships and teaching assistant positions to new and continuing students, including international students. In addition, support is also available from the Anders & Terena Eisner Scholarship fund. Just check the box on your application to let us know you're interested in Departmental Aid. 

  • External Aid: Unfortunately we are not always able to provide the level of aid that our students need. Students are always welcome to apply external scholarships and grants to their DU tuition. Find a list of resources to help you find more aid here: Graduate Student External Funding Opportunities (pdf).

Application Information 

If one of our programs sounds like a fit for you, start an application today.

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Find out more about our application deadlines and requirements here: more information about applying to DU

Limited application fee waivers are available for current DU students, DU alumni, McNair Scholars, current or former Peace Corps members, current or former AmeriCorps members, current or former City Year members, and veterans. To request a fee waiver, contact [email protected].

Application Deadlines: 

  • Winter Quarter 2019 (January 7, 2019 start date): November 5th, 2018
  • Spring Quarter 2019 (April 1, 2019 start date): January 14, 2019
  • Fall Quarter 2019 (September 9, 2019 start date):
    • February 1, 2019 priority application deadline (for best financial aid consideration)
    • July 31, 2019 final deadline