Our undergraduate degree blends the best of a broad, liberal arts education with practical skills that contribute to career and life success.
You will come to understand communication as both a way of seeing how the world works and as a set of tools for changing it.
You’ll learn how to analyze and engage effectively in a wide range of communication practices. You will also gain valuable communication skills—speaking, listening, managing conflict, building consensus, analyzing audiences, designing messages and solving problems in a collaborative way.
Graduate study in the department focuses on engaged scholarship that addresses communication-based problems arising from recent social and technological changes, especially problems associated with processes of interaction, collaboration and participation, deliberation and decision making.
Graduate students pursue research within three main areas—Community & Social Interaction, Organizational Communication and Rhetoric and Culture—crafting individualized programs of study that meet their individual needs.
The master’s program serves, primarily, individuals seeking to complete the PhD at CU-Boulder or at another institution, as well as those seeking this terminal degree. Students wishing to continue in the department’s PhD program must reapply at that time. In consultation with an advisor, master’s students may select one of two options for the completion of requirements: Thesis or Coursework with Examination.
With full-time study, the master’s program can be completed in two years.
Our doctoral program is one of the premier programs in the world, providing graduate students with advanced work in the communication discipline that earns them academic positions at all levels of higher education, including research universities, liberal arts universities and teaching-centered colleges. The degree is also appropriate for some nonacademic careers, such as organizational communication consulting.
With normal progress (full-time), the degree can be earned in four years.