The University of Delaware's Master of Arts program in Communication combines instruction in the traditions of the field with innovative strategies to prepare our students to excel in their careers. Students who intend to begin careers in industry or public service and those who intend to pursue further graduate work leave our program with a foundation that differentiates them from their peers. Our small faculty-to-student ratio, emphasis on understanding and interpreting research and theory, teaching assistant training program, and our accomplished faculty set our M.A. program apart.
Our M.A. program at the University of Delaware is a theory and research based program in interpersonal communication and mass communication in a social science tradition, with four sub areas of study: advertising, organizational communication, political communication, and public relations.
Students on a more academic track are often interested in working toward a doctorate in communication. Our M.A. program is a top Ph.D. "prep" program with an extremely high rate of acceptance into prestigious doctoral programs (e.g., Penn State, Ohio State, Wisconsin).
Students on a professional track see the M.A. degree as a terminal degree and plan to work in public relations, advertising, political communication, corporate and strategic communications, and other similar areas. Our program gives our students solid professional preparation. Our graduates have the knowledge to both understand research reports and research findings as well as understand how to commission/develop/design research projects to further their company's goals. Many of the top organizations in the greater Delaware valley (Philadelphia, Wilmington), such as Astra Zeneca, seek out our 2nd year students as interns, and many of these internships have led to full time jobs within these organizations.
Our financial aid package consists of a tuition scholarship and a teaching assistantship. These assistantships provide our students with real world teaching experience which is attractive both to doctoral programs and to professional organizations. Our TAs teach public speaking and business communication. Each TA is responsible for stand-alone classroom instruction and grading for their assigned sections.
One of the major strengths of our program is our faculty. Our faculty are highly acclaimed, award winning leaders who are engaged in research at the frontiers of the discipline. Most of our faculty have published articles with graduates of our MA program and maintain close ties with our graduates once they leave our program.
The M.A. program in Communication at the University of Delaware is a vibrant, exciting program at the forefront of the discipline. Please explore our web site for more information about the program and the application process. If you have additional questions please contact Professor James Angelini, Director of the Graduate Program.