Master's of Science in Communication

It's time for you to start thinking bigger and more broadly about communication. Our two-year, fully funded graduate program can make that happen.

Earn your master's in Communication and become a competent professional and interpersonal communicator.

Why PSU's Communication master's degree?

Our master's program will support you from day one of your graduate school experience with close mentorships and faculty guidance as you make your way into your career. We are proud to nurture a tightly knit graduate community. You'll be encouraged to take initiative and make bold inquiries into the field as you work one-on-one with faculty mentors who are experts in social science research. 

We are also proud to make it possible for graduate students to gain their master's without taking on additonal debt.

Our program offers master's students competitive positions as Graduate Teaching Assistants. 

What will the graduate program in Communication teach me?

Our program is small enough so that each of our faculty is able to work individually with students to make sure that they have the opportunity to explore their interests. This guidance will carry you into your career because our faculty will serve as advocates for your professional development.

Students begin the program together with their cohort in fall. All students take foundational courses in social science research methods and theory. As they complete their required courses, they choose among a variety of electives. 

The Communication graduate degree program is designed to provide a broad foundation in social scientific approaches to communication, but students can tailor the courses they choose to their individual goals. Below are a few sample core and elective courses from the program:

Core courses:

  • Introduction to Communication Theory
  • Quantitative Methods in Communication Research
  • Qualitative Methods in Communication Research

Sample electives:

  • Political Communication
  • Advanced Organizational and Strategic Communication
  • Health Communication Campaigns
  • Communication and Technology
  • Urban Communication
  • Framing and Mass Media

What can I do with a master's in Communication?

When you graduate with your master's in Communication, you'll feel confident and prepared to launch your career, or continue on to a doctoral program. A growing demand for excellent communicators in the workforce ensures that our graduates will be placed into competitive roles. Most graduates go on to secure competitive jobs in academia, industry settings, for nonprofits or within the government. 

Your advanced degree in Communication opens the door to a multitude of roles within a variety of fields, but below are a few examples of the position titles and organizations where our graduates have been employed:

  • Executive Communications Manager, Intel Corporation
  • Assistant Professor in Communication, Clark College
  • Communications Specialist, Intel Corporation
  • Analyst Operations Assistant Manager, Adpearance
  • Communication Specialist, National MS Society
  • Operations, Multnomah County Health Department's Public Health Division

Become an influencer in the field, and create positive change: Apply to our graduate program in Communication. 

Applications for the Fall 2019 term are accepted from February 1 to March 1, 2019.

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