Students earn the MA degree in either of two tracks: Newsgathering or Mass Communication Research. The media studies track of the PhD in Communication is also offered.
MA: The newsgathering option is designed for students with limited academic or professional experience in news reporting and writing. It prepares students to work in a wide variety of professional settings including newspapers and magazines, broadcast media outlets, online publications and corporate communications. Students in the newsgathering program may select an emphasis in environmental journalism. Newsgathering students complete internships at radio and television stations or at award-winning newspapers along Colorado's Front Range.
The mass communication research option offers an opportunity for critical reflection on contemporary media structures, performance, policy and practice. It provides graduate-level study in communication theory, research methods and relevant realms of culture, law, history, politics, and ethics. The research track is designed for students interested in an in-depth study of media or for those who wish to enhance an undergraduate or professional media background. Here, too, a student can select an environmental emphasis. The program is especially recommended for students desiring to continue their studies toward a PhD and for professionals seeking to teach at the college level or develop an area of reporting specialization.
The PhD in Communication offered by Journalism and Mass Communication is dedicated to interdisciplinary inquiry into the social, political, economic and cultural dimensions of media, nationally and internationally, historically and in contemporary societies. Because of the centrality of communication and media in social and individual life, media theory and research draw from a wide range of fields and disciplines, including political science, sociology, cultural studies, philosophy, history, linguistics, economics, anthropology, business, psychology, literature, law, and public policy.
Graduate School Minimum Admissions Standards
Individual graduate departments may have additional or more restrictive standards by which they evaluate graduate applicants. However, the Graduate School at CU-Boulder has established minimum standards for graduate admission. Applicants must:
Journalism and Mass Communication Admission Requirements
MA applicants must:
Mass communication research
Mass communication research with environmental emphasis
Newsgathering with environmental emphasis
PhD applicants must:
A few graduate assistantships are available. Applicants who wish to be considered should upload a letter of request which includes detailed professional or academic qualifications as part of their application by February 1. Applicants are chosen based on experience and the specific skills needed for available assistantships each semester.
Those admitted to the PhD program are all awarded graduate assistantships, including tuition waiver and a stipend.
Domestic Fall Application Deadline
PhD: January 1, 2015
MA: February 1, 2015
International Fall Application Deadline
December 1, 2014
University of Colorado Boulder
Journalism and Mass Communication
Armory 106, 478 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0478