, M.A. - Communication
The Department of Communication at the University of Colorado Boulder is a vibrant community of scholars whose members share a commitment to excellence and innovation in communication research and teaching.
Graduate study focuses on communicationbased problems arising from recent social and technological changes, especially problems associated with processes of interaction, collaboration and participation, deliberation and decisionmaking. The department offers programs leading to master’s and doctoral degrees, with emphases in the three areas of discourse and society, organizational communication and rhetoric. Students may pursue research within one of these areas or craft individualized programs of study that cut across the areas, and combine humanistic and social scientific methods. In addition to these three main areas, two additional themes cut across the department’s graduate courses: communicative dimensions of science, technology, engineering and medicine; and critical/cultural studies of communication.
The Master of Arts Degree in Communication
The master’s program serves individuals for whom this will be a terminal degree, as well as those seeking ultimately to complete the PhD. In consultation with an advisor, MA students may select one of two options for the completion of requirements: thesis or course work with examination.
The PhD in Communication
The PhD in Communication provides graduate students with a solid core of advanced work in the communication discipline. Graduates earn academic positions at all levels of higher education, including research universities, liberal arts colleges and teaching-centered universities. The degree is also appropriate for certain nonacademic careers, such as consulting.