Graduate Programs

The College of Communications at Penn State offers a master’s degree in media studies and Ph.D. in mass communications. Our curriculum allows students to design a program of study tailored to their interests, choosing from an array of classes each semester that explore theory and cutting-edge research methods in mass communication.

Students work closely with advisers and faculty committees in choosing coursework to support and expand their expertise. Doctoral students are provided mentorship and experience in classroom teaching.

The College’s special enterprises -- including the Media Effects Research Laboratory, the Arthur W. Page Center for Integrity in Public Communication, the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism and the Institute for Information Policy -- bring faculty members and students together around cutting-edge research initiatives.

Students and faculty have jointly presented research at dozens of global conferences and have collaborated on hundreds of publications. Students may apply for internal research grants and get guidance and support in seeking external funding.

Faculty & Students at a Glance

Our experience confirms the proposition that graduate students thrive in a program that facilitates their active and ongoing collaboration with leading scholars. Therefore, rather than offering graduate programs based on the expected, generic list of graduate communication courses, our focus is centered on seminars and track configurations that reflect our faculty’s expertise.

Graduates find placement at prestigious universities such as Penn, Illinois, North Carolina, and Florida.

Applications for admission for Fall 2015

  • Deadline: Ph.D. in Mass Communications, Dec. 15, 2014
  • Deadline: M.A. in Media Studies, Jan. 15, 2015

How to Apply

Contact

Betsy Hall
Coordinator of Graduate Education
201 Carnegie Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-865-3070
brh3@psu.edu

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