Graduate Program Overview

The Department of Communication deals with the process and analysis of human communication. The mission of the Department of Communication is to study and teach about communication with areas of specialization that include interpersonal communication, persuasion, communication technology, nonverbal communication, and media effects. Our goal is to pursue theoretically grounded research and to disseminate knowledge by publishing our research and through teaching. The Department of Communication offers a M.A. and a Ph.D. in Communication.


Master of Arts in Communication

The MA program in Communication emphasizes the scientific investigation of human communication behavior, stressing developments in communication theory and research as they relate to society and the communication process. The MA in Communication prepares persons for entry into a number of fields that require analysis of communication situations (e.g., advertising and marketing research, personnel training, organization research, social program evaluation). It also provides a solid foundation for PhD work.

Doctor of Philosophy in Communication

The Ph.D. program in Communication offers students a unique curriculum that stresses the integration of theory and research in communication. Our program places strong emphasis on communication theory and a wide range of research skills and is designed to provide students with a rigorous course of study that will prepare them for careers in the academic, commercial, or non-profit spheres. Our doctoral alumni are active and productive scholars and practitioners of the communication discipline. They can be found teaching and conducting research in Communication departments, schools of Journalism and Mass Communication, and schools of Public Health. UConn Communication doctoral alumni are also valued in industry and government for their skills in research on mass communication and new technology effects, advertising, audience analysis, evaluation, and other areas of communication. Because our program emphasizes a balance between theory and application, alumni leave UConn with a dynamic skill and knowledge set, qualifying them for employment opportunities both inside and outside the academy.

photo of doctoral students and advisors at commencement