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.

Typically, applicants are notified around February 10 regarding fall admission to the program.

Degrees Offered

MA, PhD

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 website 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

December 1, 2016

Fall International Application Deadline

December 1, 2016

Spring Domestic Application Deadline

September 15, 2016

Spring International Application Deadline

August 15, 2016

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

Email: commgrad@colorado.edu