Graduate Program in Communication
At Portland State, the Department of Communication offers programs leading to a Master’s Degree in Communication. Our Masters Program has three primary goals:
- Provide students with a rigorous yet flexible Master’s Degree in Communication. After taking four required courses in Communication theory and method, students are allowed to pick and choose from all available elective courses in order to meet their interests and career needs. Our department has distinct areas of concentration, but not fixed ‘tracks.’
- Provide students intimate access to a world-class, research-oriented faculty. Our department has eight graduate-faculty members, all of whom have Ph.D.’s from top-ranked, research-oriented Universities. All of our faculty are actively engaged in conducting research and publishing results in national and international outlets. Our goal is to apprentice graduate students in the research process and include them in conference presentations and publications whenever possible.
- Offer structure, guidance, and support to promote student success and degree completion. Graduate school can be slightly intimidating, both academically and socially. We admit small groups of approximately 12-15 students per year. Throughout the first year, incoming students take the same required courses together, building supportive bonds of collegiality and friendship. Our department offers a clear plan for timely degree completion (i.e., 2 years for full-time students).
More details are included under the Overview, How to Apply, and Courses descriptions on our webpage. For more information contact the department’s Director of Graduate Studies, Prof. Jeffrey Robinson.