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Media, Film & Journalism Studies

Media and Public Communication

Graduate Programs

M.A. Media and Public Communication

The M.A. in Media and Public Communication combines theory and practice to prepare you for success in fields such as public relations, brand management, social and digital media management, public affairs, health communication, nonprofit management, education, and research. The program requires 48 credits and takes two years to complete on a full-time basis. You can choose to complete a professional internship, a master's thesis, or a substantial research paper as your capstone experience.

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Choose a Concentration

Depending on your interests and goals, you can select a concentration in Strategic Communication or in Media and Globalization.

The Strategic Communication concentration spans the fields of public relations, public affairs, brand management, and marketing communications. Our courses emphasize ethical and socially responsible communication in both nonprofit and corporate settings. You will gain expertise in campaign planning, message design, brand positioning, multicultural communication, research methods, communication theory, and media law. You will work with community partners to create strategic communication campaigns and will develop a professional portfolio that will help you stand out on the job market.

The Media and Globalization concentration explores how media industries and technologies influence cultural, economic, and political processes in contemporary societies. This concentration is designed for students who may be interested in pursuing careers as researchers and media educators. You will gain in-depth theoretical knowledge of media, culture, and communication. You will also acquire research skills and use them to explore topics of interest to you. The courses in this concentration emphasize critical and conceptual thinking, cultural awareness, and a deep understanding of the role of media and communication in social change in local and global contexts.


Graduates of this program are prepared to pursue careers in:

  • Public Relations and Diplomacy
  • Health Communication
  • Higher and International Education
  • Social and Digital Media
  • Public Information
  • Government Communication
  • International Development Communication
  • Public Affairs
  • Event Planning
  • International and Intercultural Strategic Communication

Student Handbook


Choose a concentration to find out more about the specific courses you will take. 

Graduate Certificate in Public Diplomacy

Students enrolled in the MA in Media and Public Communication are eligible to apply to the interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in Public Diplomacy , a joint program with the Josef Korbel School of International Studies. Please note that this is not a stand-alone certificate. Students must be enrolled and in good standing in the Department of Media, Film & Journalism Studies in order to apply. If admitted into the certificate, students must complete the certificate's requirements in conjunction with their master's degree.

Tuition and Financial Aid

  • Cost of Attendance: For the 2017-2018 school year, the cost per credit is $1,372. Media and Public Communication students beginning this year can expect to spend about $66,000 on tuition, before additional campus fees.
    • Things to remember: 
      • DU is a private school, so there is no difference in price for out-of-state students.
      • Most domestic students receive a financial aid package from DU's Office of Financial Aid, which is typically made up of loans. 
      • The cost of living in Denver is high, so remember to factor that into your budget. 
      • Part-time on-campus jobs are available. Check our Office of Student Employment for details.
      • DU employees may be eligible for a tuition waiver. See the Human Resources website for more information.  
  • 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:The Department of Media, Film, and Journalism Studies offers a number of scholarships and Graduate Teaching Assistant positions, including the Anders & Terena Eisner Scholarship. These awards are based on merit and are allocated on a competitive basis. If you apply to the M.A. in Media and Public Communication, you will be considered for funding support automatically. For best consideration apply by February 1, 2018.
  • 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).

Academic Calendar

  • The University of Denver operates on the quarter system, rather than the semester system. Each quarter is 10 weeks long. 
    • Fall Quarter: mid-September through mid-November
    • Winter Quarter: January through mid-March
    • Spring Quarter: mid-March through May
    • Summer Quarter: mid-June through mid-August (summer courses are offered, but not required)
  • 2018-2019 Academic Calendar (PDF) 


Our students complete internships in top public relations and advertising agencies, digital marketing companies, government institutions, nonprofit organizations, major media outlets, sports organizations, and more. We will help you find an internship that matches your interests and goals and allows you to start building your professional network before graduation. Read more about our internship program.

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Other Degrees

Is the MA in Media and Public Communication not quite what you're looking for? The University of Denver also offers the following options: 


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We are happy to answer any questions you have. Contact us at [email protected] or give us a call at 303-871-2166. 

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Meet with a faculty member, tour campus, talk to a current student, and get to know the program even better by scheduling a campus visit! Contact us at [email protected] or 303-871-2166 to get started. 

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                                           Start Your Application!

Find out more about our application deadlines and requirements here: Admission requirements.

(The Media and Public Communication application & admission requirements are listed under the division of Social Sciences.)