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The graduate program in Communication at the University of Colorado Boulder is both highly rated and well respected. If you are interested in critical, engaged, or applied communication research, there is no better program in the United States to consider.

The Department of Communication offers both the master of arts (MA) and doctor of philosophy (PhD) degrees, with areas of emphasis in Community & Social InteractionOrganizational Communication, and Rhetoric and Culture. With a graduate student-to-faculty ratio of just 2:1, MA and PhD students craft personalized programs of study within or across areas of the department. Caring, individualized mentorship is a hallmark of graduate study in the department.

Typically, MA and PhD students are supported throughout the academic year by teaching and research assistantships. Financial support is also available for conference travel, research projects, and, frequently, summer research and teaching.

Graduate students and faculty in Communication utilize a range of social-scientific and humanistic research methods. The diverse array of scholarship conducted in the department is integrated by cross-cutting themes that include design and practice, culture and democracy, and community and justice. Running throughout the program is an exploration of new technologies and emergent forms of communication, a critical/cultural studies approach, and a commitment to educating students to become engaged citizens and social change agents.

Faculty in the department are among the most prolific scholars in communication, with the National Research Council (NRC) awarding the department a top 20 ranking for research productivity. They are also among the most visible members of the discipline, having served in leadership positions on major journals and professional associations. Graduate students in Communication routinely publish in prominent scholarly journals, receive top paper awards at major conferences, and are recognized for outstanding teaching and service.

The Department of Communication is distinguished by a vibrant and convivial culture uniquely suited to graduate study. MA and PhD students add their voices by serving on most departmental committees. Colloquia, research lunches, and data sessions also provide regular opportunities to participate in cutting-edge scholarly exchange.

If you would like to join this extraordinary community, apply today to the Graduate Program in Communication!

See our Frequrently Asked Questions page for more information about applying.

See the Graduate Program Handbook for more detailed program requirements.