Research and Theory Master's

Research and Theory

As one of the nation’s oldest and most respected Communication programs, we know what it means to drive new knowledge in the face of an ever-changing, uber-connected communication landscape. It takes recognition of the big picture, rooted in theory, research, and decision-making skills. It takes a passion for expertise and specialization committed to rigor. Our Research and Theory Master’s programs combine big picture awareness with specialization to create some of the most well-rounded and well-regarded academics in the nation. That’s what greatness takes.

The goal of our research Master’s is simple: to shape competitive, developed academics who aspire to greatness in communications. As a master’s student in our program, you’re not only affiliated with a Top 10 university and college; you’re surrounded by a wide range of entrepreneurial colleagues, innovative research, and industry facilities. From the award-winning Innovation News Center to the strategic communication firm  “The Agency,” you’ll be surrounded by the theory and practice needed for a satisfying, life-long career at the cutting edge of communications.

Students enrolled in the Research and Theory track can choose from the following areas of focus:

  • Master of Arts in Mass Communication:
    • MAMC – Advertising
    • MAMC – Journalism
    • MAMC – Public Relations
    • MAMC – Telecommunication
    • MAMC – International/Intercultural Communication
    • MAMC – Science/Health Communication
    • JD/MAMC Joint Degree

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.

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.