Graduate study in the College of Communications is based in the research and teaching expertise of the College’s distinguished graduate faculty. We believe that graduate communications scholarship is most effective and rewarding when graduate students are given the opportunity to work with a cadre of prominent scholars whom students have identified as having the particular expertise that best suits their scholarly objectives.
Faculty & Students at a Glance
Quality of Faculty and Effectiveness of Educating Researchers, Doctoral Programs, National Communication Association Survey
Scholarly Productivity of Program Faculty, Mass Communications and Media Studies The Chronicle of Higher Education, January 12, 2007
Graduate Students in Journalism and Mass Communications who Authored Referred Major Academic Journal Articles, Past Decade AEJMMC Conference Paper, 2008
Top Ten Department
in 22 Categories
Research in the Field of Communications Communication Institute for Online Scholarship Study
Number of Papers Published by U.S. Institutions over the Past Five Years in Communications Journals Indexed by Thomson Reuters ScienceWatch 2008
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.
The mass communications graduate faculty at Penn State is among the very best in the country. Faculty members have a diversity of specializations uncommon elsewhere, and their individual and collective national reputations and research productivity have been widely recognized.
The College’s graduate programs maintain a highly diverse student population with a healthy balance of women, minorities, and internationals progressing toward advanced degrees. The 2004 internal program review by the Penn State Graduate School noted that "the College again deserves to be commended for its outstanding efforts to successfully attract an increasingly diverse student body."
Applications for admission for Fall 2014
- Deadline: Ph.D. in Mass Communications, Dec. 15, 2013
- Deadline: M.A. in Media Studies, Jan. 15, 2014