Department of Communication Graduate Program Resources
How can I apply what I learn to my profession?
Our goal is to help students develop an advanced understanding of communication theory, research and practice, and to prepare them for further graduate study or professional work. Our faculty develop graduate students' understanding of and independent thinking about the knowledge base, scholarly activities and critical practices of the communication discipline; and enable graduate students to apply and disseminate their knowledge of communication theory and research in ways that reflect the values of diverse perspectives and emphasize the ethical implications of communication.
Are there graduate assistantships available?
Yes. There are a variety of assistantships available to students in our M.A. program.
Every year, the Department of Communication awards competitive assistantships to students who will teach or coach debate for 20 hours a week while pursuing their master's degree in communication. They include a tuition waiver and a stipend.
Most of our assistantships are for teaching. Teaching assistants serve as the stand-alone instructor for two sections of an introductory communication course each semester. We can also offer full or partial assistantships for assisting with our debate team.
The tuition waiver covers up to 10 credit hours per semester (20 per year) over two years to complete the program.
Check with Financial Aid in order to find out further details about options, as well as application deadlines.
Do I have to be a student in the Communication department in order to receive an assistantship?
Yes. You must be a student enrolled in the Master of Arts in Communication in order to qualify for an assistantship in our department.