Graduate Studies in Communication at
Colorado State University
Winner of the 2014 Outstanding Master’s Degree Program Award
awarded by the Master’s Education Section of the National Communication Association
Graduate students in the Department of Communication Studies engage in advanced study of human communication, taking courses in our three areas of departmental specialization: rhetoric and civic engagement, relational and organizational communication, and media and visual culture. Graduates interested in an academic career gain acceptance into the nation’s top PhD programs. Graduates interested in working outside of academe find employment in a wide range of public and private sector careers.
Our M.A. candidates receive individual mentoring from faculty members who help them make the transition from student to scholar and support their development as researchers and writers. M.A. candidates with teaching assistantships receive extensive training in Communication instruction. Students teach their own sections of public speaking, and some assist professors in other classes. A graduate teaching certificate is also available from CSU’s Institute for Teaching and Learning.
M.A. in Communication
Students pursing the M.A. in Communication take core and elective classes in our three areas of departmental specialization. During their second year, they write a master’s thesis.
M.A. in Communication, Deliberative Practices Specialization
Students wishing to focus on deliberation and civic engagement may apply to the Deliberative Practices Specialization track, which includes graduate coursework in public deliberation and substitutes an applied research project for a traditional thesis. Students in this track work closely with our nationally-recognized Center for Public Deliberation.