Areas of Study

Graduate students attending lecture
Graduate students attending lecture


Highly Customizable Graduate Programs: Students in the School of Communication work with their faculty advisors to create highly tailored plans of study typically based on a concentration of study in one of the primary areas and one or two additional areas within or outside the department.


Our graduate program is organized under five primary areas of study each of which offers a variety of courses, research expertise, and partnership within and outside of the school:

  1. Health Communication

  2. Interpersonal Communication

  3. Media, Technology & Society

  4. Organizational Communication

  5. Public Relations

  6. Online MS in Communication (Emphasis in Strategic Communication)

Interdisciplinary programs are also available in:

  1. Communication and Philosophy

  2. Communication and Aging

  3. Information Assurance and Security

  4. Public Health: MPH - Health Communication track

A student's program is typically based on a concentration of study and research in one of these areas, designated as the student's primary area, and one a secondary emphasis in either one or two additional areas chosen from those available within or outside the school. 

The listing of a course under a particular area (e.g. organizational communication) is not intended as a limitation on its being used, when such use is appropriate, under a different heading as part of some other program or area (e.g. interpersonal). Students take courses within and
outside of the School of Communication.

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