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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Stop Raising Awareness Already


It’s time for activists and organizations to adopt a more strategic approach to public interest communications.

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Neil Gorsuch and the First Amendment


Key questions about First Amendment speech rights senators should ask during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings for United States Supreme Court justice nominee Neil Gorsuch.

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Fake News, Censorship and the Third-Person Effect


Many believe that they can spot fake news, while others out there surely will be duped. This is consistent with what research refers to as the third-person effect.

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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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