University of Denver

Division of Social Science

Communication Studies


2199 S University Blvd

Denver, CO 80208

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Communication Studies Ph.D., Communication Studies M.A.

Format: Campus

Program Description:

At the University of Denver, our Master of Arts and doctoral students in Communication Studies design their own research, collaborate closely with our faculty of teacher-scholars, and contribute to an engaged and inclusive community. 

Our program takes full advantage of being situated in the state's capital and business center, offering students excellent opportunities to study culture and communication, interpersonal and family communication, and public discourse and communication ethics. The graduate program in communication studies seeks to identify the ways in which we can better understand who we are as members of cultures, groups and families; examine and critique ideologies and structures that constrain our contact with each other; identify ways to deliberate and reach just decisions in public, organizational and personal contexts; and create the means for dialogue and collaboration in instances of conflict and struggle. This mission is realized through three distinct but overlapping areas of emphasis in which students can specialize: culture and communication, interpersonal and family communication, and rhetoric and communication ethics.

We also offer classes on special topics, model innovative teaching methods, and encourage our graduate students to pursue research on a diverse range of topics, according to their individual interests.

Our graduate students...

  • Design their own research
  • Collaborate closely with faculty mentors
  • Contribute to an engaged and inclusive community       

Graduate students from our department are well known for serving the University of Denver through voluntary leadership roles in Graduate Student Government and other university organizations. 

The Communication Studies department is home to faculty members who are not only accomplished researchers, but also passionate, engaging teachers. Our faculty members integrate their active research agendas with engaged teaching and collaborative work with graduate students, in the classroom and beyond. 

Our faculty…

  • Nearly all of our faculty have published or co-authored research with current or immediately graduated students.
  • We host teaching development workshops, which are specifically designed to help you develop your skills as a classroom instructor.
  • Small group tutorials (limited to 3 graduate students per class) allow you to collaborate with a faculty member as you prepare a paper for presentation at a conference or prepare a syllabus for class.

Our faculty understand that classrooms are not the only spaces where learning takes place. Classes combine in-depth discussion based on careful reading, interactive workshops to develop necessary research methods and community-engaged research. 


The University of Denver is accredited as a doctoral degree-granting institution by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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