Graduate Student Information


The College of Media, Communication and Information’s (CMCI) graduate programs offer an exciting, dynamic environment in which to study. We draw students from around the world to take part in cutting-edge research, creative work and teaching. Our students engage with an innovative curriculum founded on the principles of intellectual openness, interdisciplinary inquiry, and a belief in the importance of public scholarship and creative practice.

Students have a wide range of choices with 13 graduate programs offered by CMCI’s seven units: Advertising, Public Relations and Design (APRD), Critical Media Practices (CMPD), Communication (COMM), Intermedia Arts, Writing and Performance (IAWP), Information Science (INFO), Journalism (JRNL) and Media Studies (MDST).

Faculty are committed to providing graduate students with challenging coursework, strong teaching and mentorship, dedicated professional development, and a stimulating and supportive intellectual climate. Although graduate students are admitted to a particular program, they have opportunities to take classes with students from other programs and have access to courses and faculty across the college.

Have questions?

Inquiries about Communication Department graduate programs: Email the department

Inquiries about all other CMCI graduate programs: Email CMCI graduate advisors


Research or teaching assistantships and fellowships are available for all CMCI graduate students. MA students may be funded for up to two years and PhD students for up to four years.

Available Degrees

Department of Advertising, Public Relations and Media Design (Meet the Faculty | Current Students)
Use innovative multi-platform media and adopt a design-thinking approach to solving strategic communication problems.  We offer the the Master of Arts Degree in Interaction Design (IXDMA) and the PhD in Media Research and Practice (Strategic Communication track).

Department of Communication (Meet the Faculty | Current Students)
Analyze and solve problems with processes of interaction, collaboration, participation, deliberation and decision-making.  We offer the Master of Arts Degree in Communication and the PhD in Communication.

Department of Critical Media Practices (Meet the Faculty | Current Students)
Develop analytical and production skills across a range of platforms, practices and technologies for the changing media landscape.  We offer the Master of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Documentary Media Practices and will offer the PhD in Emergent Technologies and Media Art Practices (beginning fall 2017).

Intermedia Art, Writing and Performance PhD Program (Meet the Faculty | Current Students)
Collaborate with faculty to create and do research on new forms of digital art, writing and performance. 

Department of Information Science (Meet the Faculty | Current Students)
Analyze and learn about transformation of data across systems of people, places and technology.  We offer the Master of Science (beginning in fall 2018) and the PhD in Information Science.

Department of Journalism (Meet the Faculty | Current Students)
Gather, analyze and report information to the public, and to explore journalism’s place in society and in the media landscape.  We offer the Master of Arts in Journalism and the PhD in Media Research and Practice (Journalism Studies track)

Department of Media Studies (Meet the Faculty | Current Students)
Bring together theory and practice to study the role of media in cultural, political, economic and historical contexts and processes. We offer the Master of Arts in Media and Public Engagement (MAPE) and the PhD in Media Research and Practice (Media Studies track).


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