UArizona Graduate Students at the 2018 Western States Communication Association, Santa Clara, CA
Our graduate program is grounded in theory and research concerning human communication, and provides excellent preparation for further graduate study and careers in academia. Graduate students participate in research teams with a guiding faculty member, enabling hands-on research experience, sometimes on grant-funded projects. Our program emphasizes the practical skills required of someone pursuing a career in academic research and teaching, and training those people is our mission.
The department offers both M.A. and Ph.D. programs:
Master of Arts. Flexibility allows students to tailor programs to meet specific career objectives. The thesis option serves as a foundation for students planning to pursue a Ph.D. Those preparing to work in business, media, government, or teach at a community college may select a non-thesis option. An accelerated option is available for University of Arizona students; applications for the accelerated program are due in the Spring of a student's junior year.
Doctor of Philosophy. This program offers in-depth study and research training for scholars seeking careers in academia. Programs of study combine major and minor coursework to fit individual intellectual needs and areas of research specialization. Graduates have pursued academic careers at research institutions such as Texas A&M University, The Pennsylvania State University, Arizona State University, the University of California at Santa Barbara, University of Illinois, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, The Ohio State University, and the University of Oklahoma. Students applying to the PhD must have completed an MA by the time they begin the program; students with only a BA should apply first to our MA program.
Areas of Specialization