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M.A. Media and Public Communication

Media is a powerful tool, and as media and communication professionals, creators, and scholars we have a responsibility to consider the larger context in which messages are constructed, conveyed, and interpreted. Embedded in communication is a particular history of social relationships that require examination and understanding for the sake of our public good.

The Master of Arts program in Media and Public Communication is a 48-credit degree program, which will equip you with the essential theoretical and practical skills you need to succeed in a variety of professional and research careers in media and communication.

MFJS courses emphasize the role of media and communication in bridge building and social justice across diverse audiences.

You will choose one area of concentration:

  • Strategic Communication
  • Media and Globalization

You will choose one capstone experience:

  • Master's thesis
  • Professional internship

 

 

Strategic Communication

The Degree

The MA in Media & Public Communication with a Strategic Communication concentration emphasizes ethical communication and focuses on the nonprofit sector, as well as on international and intercultural issues within strategic communication.

As a student in this program, you will participate in community-focused learning projects and partner with nonprofit organizations to develop creative and strategic communication campaigns and integrate theoretical concepts with the professional skills needed for successful careers in both nonprofit and corporate settings.

The MA is worth 48 credits and typically takes 2 years to complete. 

Degree Requirements
  • Core curriculum: 4 courses
  • Concentration courses: 4 courses
  • Internship, Thesis, or Substantial Research Paper (4 credits)
  • Assessment (0 credits) 

See our page on the DU Bulletin for more information: MEPC Degree Requirements

Careers

Graduates of this program are prepared to pursue careers in:

  • Public Relations
  • Health Communication
  • Social and Digital Media
  • Public Information
  • Government Communication
  • Public Affairs
  • Event Planning
  • International & Intercultural Strategic Communication

 

MEdia & Globalization

The Degree

The MA in Media & Public Communication with a Media & Globalization concentration addresses the challenges of the dynamic fields of media and public communication as they relate to international, cultural, economic and political processes in global contexts.

The courses you take will emphasize critical and creative thinking, socially responsible and culturally sensitive communication practices, and a deep understanding of the role of media in global social change.

The MA is worth 48 credits and typically takes 2 years to complete. 

Degree Requirements
  • Core curriculum: 4 courses
  • Concentration courses: 4 courses
  • Internship, Thesis, or Substantial Research Paper (4 credits)
  • Assessment (0 credits)

See our page on the DU Bulletin for more information: MEPC Degree Requirements

Careers

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
  • International & Intercultural Strategic Communication

 

The Details 

Money Matters
  • Cost of Attendance: For the 2017-2018 school year, the cost per credit is $1,320. MEPC students beginning this year can expect to spend about $64,000 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 15. The deadline for continuing students is March 15. 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. 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).
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)
  • 2017-2018 Academic Calendar (PDF) 
Internships

IIC students who choose to complete an internship do so with the help of our departmental Internship Director. Find out more about the process and possible internship opportunities on our Internship Page

What to Expect From Us

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Other Degrees

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

 

Connect

Ask us Anything

We are happy to answer any questions you have. 

  • Talk to our Communications & Recruitment Specialist:
  • Talk to our MEPC Graduate Program Director, Dr. Nadia Kaneva
Set up a Campus Visit

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 MFJSadm@du.edu or 303-871-2166 to get started. 

Hear from a Student

Our graduate students love to talk about their experiences. Email us at MFJS@du.edu to schedule an online chat session or to start an email conversation with a current student.

 

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                                           Start Your Application!

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

(The MEPC application & admission requirements are listed under the division of Social Sciences.)