Master’s: PhD/Research Track

Pro Master's Track PhD/Research Prep Track Online Master's Program

We train masters. We develop skilled intellectuals and coach leaders in journalism and communications fields. We prepare acclaimed researchers and shape competitive individuals who crave an edge in mass communications. At the UF College of Journalism and Communications, our goal is to help equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary for a successful life-long career.

A master’s degree from the College is a hallmark that forever frames your development as a professional or academic. As a master’s student of our College, you become affiliated with a Top 10 university and college that are highly ranked among numerous associations and organizations such as U.S. News and World Report.

The CJC master’s program is a two-track system, one focused on PhD preparation and one on professional development. Details on the professional development track are available here.

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In the PhD-preparation program, you learn the ideas and skills you need for satisfying life-long careers in mass communication. You can choose to obtain a Master of Arts in Mass Communication degree by selecting one of the specializations below or by enrolling in the Master of Advertising program.

Your learning environment is equipped with a wide range of multimedia and research facilities, including the Innovation News Center and The Agency, which provide students in advertising and public relations the opportunity to work in a full-service strategic communications agency.

The University of Florida encourages applications from individuals of all genders, cultural, racial, ethnic, and religious groups. The University does not discriminate on the basis of handicap or age.

Every application is considered in its entirety.

Pro Master’s Track

The Pro Master’s track allows you to “mix and match” your coursework from three key career areas – Data/Research, Creative or Management — to develop your own customizable curriculum. Students can use our suggested curriculum or create your own path to reach your personal career goals. Details on the Pro Master’s track are available here.

Meet with our Senior Associate Dean

Debbie Treise“If you are planning a visit to campus, I would be honored to take you to lunch to talk more about our programs.
I encourage you to come to campus to meet current graduate students and faculty, and to tour our building and UF’s campus. It’s a great way to become familiar with the program and UF!”

Senior Associate Dean Debbie Treise

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PhD/Research Preparation Track

Students enrolled in the PhD Preparation Track can choose from the following areas of focus.

Core Courses, Specializations, Minors and Supporting Fields

Courses are prescribed for some specializations, while in others students may choose from a variety of offerings. Individually designed degree plans may involve combining specialization courses from two or more tracks.

Length of Program

Most students in this track complete their master’s studies in a year-and-a-half to two years. The time required depends largely on whether the student is working and therefore must carry a reduced course load, or for thesis students on how rapidly progress is made on the thesis.

Studies may be extended for students who lack adequate background in their specialties. They must complete, beyond minimal degree requirements, articulation courses as determined by their advisers. Students also are required to present to their advisers, prior to graduation, evidence of mastery of the basics of statistics. The requirement often has been fulfilled in undergraduate studies.

Qualification for Doctoral Program

Highly qualified students whose master’s requirements have been completed, or will be completed by their proposed admission date, may be considered for admission to the college’s doctoral program.

Registration Information

For those students who have already been accepted into the Master’s Program, registration can be hectic at a university as large as University of Florida. For more information on registration, click here.