More Graduate Program Information
Thank you for your interest in graduate programs at CU Journalism & Mass Communication. Our program offers flexible, dynamic options for students coming from academic and/or professional backgrounds. We offer two master’s degree options and a PhD, providing our graduates with an outstanding education that leads to fulfilling careers in the professional media, industry and academia.
Master’s Degree in Journalism
Mass Communication Research: Designed for students interested in studying the media to enhance an undergraduate degree and/or a professional background. The program is recommended for students who hope to continue their studies toward a doctorate, and for media or other professionals who hope to teach at the college level or develop an area of reporting specialization. Graduates go on to such careers as teaching, law, journalism or public relations. Learn more about the Research master’s.
Newsgathering: Students prepare for careers in the news media, corporate communications or other emerging venues for public communication. Graduates work as journalists, editors, documentary producers, web producers, web content and social media producers, web entrepreneurs and software designers. Learn more about the Newsgathering master’s.
In collaboration with the University’s interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in Environment, Policy and Society, the program offers students the opportunity to earn both the master’s degree in journalism, with an emphasis in environmental journalism, and the Certificate. The time to complete the degree and the certificate is estimated to be about two years.
Doctorate in Communication
Doctoral students explore media in their social, political, economic and cultural dimensions, nationally and internationally, both historically and in contemporary societies. The program is interdisciplinary and historically grounded in its conceptual and theoretical perspectives, inclusive in its methodological orientations, and global and comparative in its interests.
Faculty areas of research include media institutions, media history, culture and media, media and religion, political communication and journalism, media law and policy, global and comparative media, digital media, and visual communication.
Graduates go on to positions as faculty, researchers and administrators in U.S. and international universities, to careers as researchers, writers, administrators and communications directors in the public and private sectors, and they head their own communications-based enterprises.
Admitted PhD students are awarded graduate assistantships that include a tuition waiver and stipend. Learn more about the PhD program