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Communication

Graduate study in the Department of Communication focuses on communication-based problems arising from recent social and technological changes, especially problems associated with processes of interaction, collaboration, deliberation and decision making. Research areas currently emphasized include organizational communication, rhetoric, and discourse and society which encompasses studies of family, community, and civic groups. Crossing the three central emphases are critical and cultural studies, and communication and technology.

Degrees Offered:

Degree Details: 

MA
Requires either: (1) a minimum of 33 credit hours of course work (including 27 hours of course work and 6 hours of thesis work), and the successful defense of the master’s thesis or (2) a minimum of 33 credit hours of course work, and the successful completion of a comprehensive examination.

PhD
Requires a minimum of 54 semester hours of course work, (including MA course work or up to 12 transfer credits), 30 semester hours of dissertation work, successful completion of a comprehensive examination, and successful defense of the doctoral dissertation.

Admissions Requirements: 

The following is a partial summary of admission requirements. More details are available on our web site (www.colorado.edu/communication) or by contacting the department.

MA applicants must:

  1. Hold at least a baccalaureate degree, or its equivalent.
  2. Have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.20.
  3. Provide three letters of recommendation.

PhD applicants must:

  1. Hold a master’s degree or the equivalent.
  2. Have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.20, and a graduate GPA of at least 3.50.
  3. Provide three letters of recommendation.

GRE scores are required for all applicants.

GRE Scores: 
We expect combined Verbal and Quantitative scores of at least 1100, with at least a 550 Verbal score. For scores as of August 1st, 2011, we expect combined Verbal and Quantitative scores of at least 302, with at least a 156 Verbal score.
Financial Support: 

Teaching assistantships and fellowships are available. MA students may be funded for up to two years and PhD students for up to four years.

Applicant Instructions: 

Only MA applicants accepted for spring and without funding. After acceptance to the program student may apply for funding for future semesters.

Fall Domestic Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Fall International Application Deadline: 
Sunday, December 1, 2013
Spring Domestic Application Deadline: 
Sunday, September 15, 2013
Spring International Application Deadline: 
Thursday, August 15, 2013
Contact Information: 

University of Colorado Boulder
Department of Communication
Hellems 96, 270 UCB

Boulder, CO 80309-0270
Phone: 303-492-7307
Fax: 303-492-8411