Ph.D. Prep/Research Master's

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As one of nation’s oldest and most respected Communications programs in the country, we know what it means to drive new knowledge in the face of an ever-changing uber-connected communications landscape. It takes a brain for the big picture rooted in theory, research, and decision-making skills. It takes a passion for expertise and specialization rooted in rigor. Our Ph.D./Research Master’s combines 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 Masters is simple: shape competitive, developed academics that aspire to greatness in communications. As a master’s student of 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 first-of-its-kind generational agency “The Agency,” you’ll be surrounded by the theory and practice needed for a satisfying, life-long career at the cutting edge of communications.

The program offers six Master of Arts in Mass Communication (MAMC) specializations:  Advertising, Journalism, Public Relations, Telecommunication, International and Science/Health.  We also offer a joint JD/MAMC degree.  For more information, click on the links on the left.

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Nobody Wants to be Wrong: Understanding the Political Divide


If someone sees or hears something they don’t want to believe…they probably won’t believe it.

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The Power of Internal Communication: An Interview with Dr. Rita Men


An interview with Dr. Rita men on her new book, the power of using smart communication to reach internal stakeholders and why it is good for business.

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Beyond The Competition: Sports Consumption in a Game-Changing Media Landscape


How sports marketers should engage with today’s media consumers amid a multiplatform, fragmented environment.

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Public Relations in the Digital Age: An Interview with Dr. Tom Kelleher


Dr. Tom Kelleher, professor and chair of the Department of Advertising, talks with us about his new published textbook, the future of public relations and what he is working on next.

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