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Ronald Walter Greene
Department Chair
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Mark H. Pedelty
Director of Graduate Studies
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In the Department of Communication Studies, we offer a MA, a PhD, and a graduate minor at both levels. These degrees have opportunities for specialization in interpersonal communication, rhetorical studies, and critical media studies.

Although most students emphasize one of these areas, we view communication studies as an integrated and coherent discipline. In our graduate programs, you take courses in each of the three subdisciplines en route to gaining mastery over one of them.

Through formal coursework, independent study, directed research projects, and participation in team research supervised by faculty, you will have many opportunities for training and experience in research. Every student we admit is fully supported and gains valuable teaching experience with the support of a faculty mentor. The main objective of the graduate program is to prepare you to become a researcher and a teacher in universities and colleges. Therefore, the MA is not considered a terminal degree, but rather an integral part of your PhD training. We invite talented students with a baccalaureate degree, as well as those who have already earned their MA, to apply for admission.

CLA’s Graduate Programs Office offers graduate students access to funding resources, health and supportive services, diversity initiatives, and other valuable information.