Graduate Studies


Ph.D. in Communication

Our doctoral program offers a rigorous scholarly experience with maximum flexibility.

  • Candidates develop programs of study tailored to their unique professional goals, choosing courses from our three departmental specializations.
  • Doctoral students teach a variety of undergraduate courses, and they are mentored by acclaimed scholars engaged in leading-edge research.
  • We have distinctive programmatic features that you won’t find anywhere else in the nation, including the Center for Public Deliberation and the ACT Human Rights Film Festival.
  • We train students as scholars, practitioners, and professionals who are well-prepared for the academic job market and skilled at translating their research for diverse civic and professional audiences.

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M.A. in Communication

  • Our M.A. degree offers an introduction to the field of Communication Studies, with core courses in our three areas of study and instruction in critical and social scientific research methods.
  • Students augment our M.A. core with electives of their choosing, and they complete a master’s thesis under the advisement of a faculty committee.
  • M.A. students with Graduate Teaching Assistantships are the instructors of record in their own sections of public speaking and may assist faculty in other courses.
  • Our award-winning instructor training prepares graduate students to succeed as teachers, and the professional experience gained in the classroom is valued by employers in diverse contexts.

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M.A. in Communication - Deliberative Practices Specialization

  • The deliberative specialization augments our regular M.A. core and elective curriculum with coursework and research in public deliberation.
  • Working with our nationally recognized Center for Public Deliberation, students are trained as impartial facilitators and gain experience designing and running deliberative processes in the local community.
  • Students in the Deliberative Practices Specialization complete an applied research project that supports the mission of the CPD and/or relates to public deliberation. They are also eligible for Graduate Teaching Assistantships.

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Areas of Study

Our curriculum allows maximum flexibility. We offer core and elective courses in three areas of study, and your overall plan of study is based on your unique professional goals.

Rhetoric and Civic Engagement
• Rhetorical criticism and theory, public address, feminist and queer theory, public memory, place and space, and public deliberation.

Relational and Organizational Communication
• Communication theory, interpersonal, organizational, international, and intercultural communication, and qualitative and quantitative research methods.

Media and Visual Culture
• Film and television theory and criticism, media history, media industries, media texts, global media, and international film and television.

Graduate Teaching Assistantships

Qualified Communication Studies graduate students receive award-winning training in the art of teaching and earn a valuable monthly stipend.

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How to Apply

To apply to a graduate program in Communication Studies at Colorado State University, prospective students must submit an online application and application fee.

  • Applications are accepted for Fall admission only.
  • Deadline for applying to the Department of Communication Studies is December 31st.

The following items are required for application to the Master of Arts program in Communication Studies:

  1. Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores
  2. Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended
  3. Statement of Purpose
  4. Writing sample
  5. Resume/CV
  6. Three letters of reference

Apply Online 

Applicants will upload a variety of supporting documents directly to the online application.

After submitting your online application and paying your fee please have your official materials submitted to complete your application.

  • To submit official transcripts, contact all previous institutions to request they submit official transcripts to Colorado State University (use institution code 4075). Your institution can also send official transcripts directly to
  • To submit test scores, contact the testing agency to request that scores be sent to Colorado State University (use institution code 4075).

For any documents that cannot be uploaded, submit paper copies directly to the Office of Admissions at:

Graduate Admissions
Colorado State University – Office of Admissions
1062 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1062

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