Research and Theory 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 Research and Theory 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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Is Awareness Ever Enough?


The Frank Karel Endowed Chair in Public Interest Communications Ann Christiano, the Frank Karel Chair in Public Interest Communications sat down with Kristen Grimm, president of Spitfire Strategy, to discuss the role of raising awareness in driving long-lasting social change.

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When Do Funny Health Campaign Videos Work?


Funny health campaign videos are only as effective as their social media platform and associated comments.

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What Makes a Better Facebook Post


For health organizations seeking to reach audiences through Facebook, how posts are worded has an impact on who engages with them.

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Balancing the Truth In Newsroom Policy


To protect the integrity of the news as a source of information for the public, editors should adopt a “balance of interest” policy.

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