University of Colorado Denver

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences



1380 Lawrence St., Room 1251

Denver, CO 80217

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MA in Communication

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Communication MA program houses a vibrant community of scholars and teachers committed to providing a real world, hands-on, and theoretically robust master's degree that will enrich your communication knowledge and skills for the twenty-first century. Our program is a 33-credit generalist degree designed to enhance students' intellectual and professional growth through the understanding and practice of effective communication. Our faculty members are nationally and internationally recognized leaders in their field.

Students who complete our program often receive offers to top-notch PhD programs or accept or continue in positions related to communication management, public relations, human relations, and corporate and non-profit communication.

In addition to the Master of Arts, we offer a Graduate Certificate in Strategic Communication, which is designed for working professionals who already have earned a bachelor's degree but who would like to enhance or upgrade their skills in the area of public relations. The certificate may be earned on its own or in conjunction with the degree program.


  • Customizable and flexible curriculum
  • Award-winning faculty
  • Graduate Certificate in Strategic Communication
  • Thesis or Project options


Electives available in: Prisons, and Social Justice; Difference Matters and Organizational Communication; Negotiations and Bargaining; Communication and Conflict; Gender and Communication; Intercultural Communication; Communication and Change; Environmental Communication; Multimedia Authoring; Organizational Discourse; New Media; Health Communication; Rhetorics of Medicine & Health; Health Risk Communication; Visual Communication; Principles of Public Relations; Advanced Public Relations; Principles of Advertising

Financial Support: A limited number of teaching opportunities are available. Typically, students will teach Presentational Speaking or Business and Professional Speaking courses or act as Teaching Assistants (TAs) for Fundamentals of Communication, although students may teach other classes according to their expertise and Departmental needs.

Applications: Applications are due by February 15 (Fall, priority), May 1 (Fall), October 1 (Spring).

Career paths of graduates: Our graduates go on to work as leaders and specialists in a broad range of settings including institutions of higher education, corporations and businesses, health care organizations, non-profits, and arts institutions. Some matriculate to the nation’s top PhD programs in Communication.

Recent positions include: Executive Director, Alaska State Council on the Arts; Public Affairs Specialist, Bureau of Land Management; Director of Development, Limb Preservation Foundation; Communications Director, Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights; PR Coordinator, Rocky Mountain Institute; Communications Director, Constant Contact.

Why CU Denver? As Colorado’s only public urban research university, CU Denver educates a diverse student body through quality academics, ambitious research and creative work, and civic engagement in the city we call home. Graduates gain the powerful combination of immersive classroom and real-world experiences that are in demand today, while the city benefits from well-educated, top talent and a new generation of knowledge that fuels the future of Denver and our region.

We are committed to diversity and equity. Students from all backgrounds will find resources & support on campus.


The University of Colorado Denver is Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

International Student Requirements:

International students must meet ALL of the standard requirements and also must provide: • Original transcripts and documentation in English (or a certified English translation) of the completion of a Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree, or the equivalent • Documents required to process immigration documents • Certified English translation of all academic records and references not in English • $75.00 international non-refundable application fee • Evidence of proficiency in English as demonstrated by one of the following: - Citizen of a country whose official language is English - TOEFL or IELTS - Graduate of CU Denver’s ESL Academy - Earned bachelor’s degree or higher from a foreign or US accredited institution where the language of instruction was English. - Earned a bachelor’s degree from the US or successful completion of at least 2 semesters (12 credits) of full-time study in a graduate-level master’s program at an accredited institution with a minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 33

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive

Loans Offered: Students are encouraged to work with the University's Financial Aid Office to obtain information on financial aid opportunities. University of Colorado Denver FASFA Code: 004508

Locale: Large City

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