Graduate Program in Communication

Why Communication at Portland State?

Join a diverse community at Portland State University, where bike-commuting, food-carts and creative cultures meet. Our downtown campus features faculty who are experts in media and technology, politics, health and science, language and conversation, and persuasion and propaganda. "Let knowledge serve the city" by using your newfound communication and research skills to improve your community. Portland State offers Masters students competitive positions as Graduate Teaching Assistants; take advantage of the opportunity to have your tuition paid by the university.

Our Program

Graduate students can earn a Master of Science degree in Communication.  To learn more about the degree requirements, please visit Program Details. Students have great resources for conducting their own scholarship and networking for careers; see recent activities in Graduate Program News.

To read an interview with the Graduate Program Director, click here.

To learn more about what our students study, or what they do after they graduate, click on Current Graduate Students and Communication Graduate Alumni.

Application Process

The Department of Communication has a rolling admissions process, which means we begin reviewing applications for graduate admissions on February 1st and continue to accept applications through March 1st.  Applicants who turn in their materials early have a better chance of being selected for paid Graduate Teaching Assistantships.  To learn more about the application process and to apply, please visit How to Apply.

Request Information

To submit a request or learn more about the department, complete a Communication Inquiry Form or send us an email at