Graduate Degree Program Summary

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Graduate Degrees Offered

  • M.A.; Ph.D.
Specializations - what's a specialization?
  • Great Plains Studies (M.A.)
  • Women's and Gender Studies (M.A., Ph.D.)
Areas of Study
  • Interpersonal and Family Communication
  • Organizational Communication
  • Rhetoric and Public Culture

Communication Studies

Application Checklist and Deadlines

Required by the Office of Graduate Studies

See also: steps to admission.

Required by Communication Studies in GAMES

After you apply, allow one business day for us to establish your access to GAMES, where you'll complete these departmental requirements:

  • Entrance exam(s): GRE
  • Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 600, Internet TOEFL 100
  • Three recommendation letters
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Demonstration of teaching effectiveness, if applicable
  • Statement of purpose
  • Writing sample

Application Deadline

   Fall: January 15

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The Department of Communication Studies offers both a master's and doctoral degree specializing in three areas of study: interpersonal and family communication, organizational communication, and rhetoric and public culture.

Students in the program work with prominent scholars and teachers to prepare them for roles in the discipline of communication studies and in our communities. The program size offers the opportunity for close mentoring relationships between students and faculty.

Communication studies students are also presented with a number of professional development activities. Students have the opportunity to attend research lectures by visiting scholars, travel to professional conferences, present scholarly papers, have their work published in regional and national journals, work on collaborative research projects, and work with a nationally-ranked speech and debate program.

Courses and More

Students in Communication Studies are most likely to take courses in: See also: Course Catalog in the Graduate Bulletin.

Students will work with an advisor to create a Program of Studies or Memorandum of Courses during the first half of their coursework.

Faculty and Research

Interpersonal and Family Communication
Interpersonal and Family Communication
Organizational Communication
Rhetorical Theory; Political Communication; Public Discourse
Rhetorical Theory; Political Communication; Public Discourse
Instructional Communication
Intergroup and Family Communication
Rhetorical History, Communication and Gender, Public Discourse

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