The Department of Communication offers four graduate degrees for students interested in exploring the meaning, significance, and process of communication.

M.A. and Ph.D.

Students without an M.A. degree in communication or a related field should apply to the M.A./Ph.D. program (in which students receive an M.A. on the way to getting a Ph.D.). Students with an M.A. degree in communication or a related field must apply directly to our Ph.D. program.

Master of Communication Native Voices

Requires 45 credits, including project and oral presentation of project. This degree is a more narrowly focused M.C., and it is jointly sponsored by the Department of Communication and American Indian Studies. It is designed for documentary filmmakers who focus their work on subjects that have special relevance to the Native American community. Visit the Native Voices web site for more information or contact Daniel Hart at

Communication Leadership 

The Communication Leadership program houses two degree emphases in digital media and creative engagement: the Master of Communication in Digital Media (MCDM) and the Master of Communication in Communities and Networks (MCCN). The program guides professionals into transformative roles through the design of networking strategies, anchored in compelling storytelling and insightful analytics. Professionals build the necessary communication knowledge, strategies, and skills to manage content, information, systems, people, and change. Industry leaders and Department of Communication faculty direct the program and teach its courses, primarily in the evenings and on weekends to accommodate the schedules of working professionals. Courses are based on the theory and practice of the communication discipline and are taught in a highly collaborative environment.