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The mission of the Department of Communication at the University of Delaware is to both empower students in their personal and professional lives, and to provide an ethical compass for navigating the complexities of modern society.
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For more information about the Communication M.A. and Ph.D. programs, watch the Communication Graduate Webinar with Chair Kami Silk; Professors Jennifer Lambe, Amy Bleakley, Dannagal Young, and Scott Caplan; and graduate students James Bingaman, Allie White, and Wyatt Dawson. Learn about the curriculum, student life, and opportunities to partner with Communication faculty using a collaborative, team-based approach to research.
I. Program Goals
Graduate work in the Department of Communication focuses on two goals:
II. Successful Ph.D. Program Placements
Department of Communication faculty have developed and maintained strong ties to the best doctoral programs in the field by consistently sending highly trained and talented graduates onto further study and scholarship.
III. Academic Areas of Study
There are two main areas of study:
Students may also focus on secondary areas including political communication and public relations.
[Note: The UD COMM MA program does NOT include courses in journalism or broadcasting.]
IV. Full-time Program Schedule and Structure
The structure of our program necessitates that full time students begin their course of study in the fall semester.
Thirty credit hours are required to complete the MA degree:
Please see our list of graduate courses.
V. Graduate Funding Policy
The University of Delaware may provide tuition scholarships to full-time graduate students who are awarded stipends for an entire semester/academic year as a research, teaching, or graduate assistant or fellow. These scholarships are generally available in graduate programs that admit students with funding, regardless of funding source; details of commitment and duration are provided in offer letters. Graduate departments and programs select the recipients of these awards, where available, based on the students' qualifications. The stipulations of the tuition scholarship policy are:
VI. Two Methods to Obtain M.A. Degree
The Department of Communication offers two alternative tracks for obtaining the MA Degree and students should declare their intention to pursue one of these tracks at the end of the first year of their MA program.
Students in both the thesis and comprehensive exam tracks work with a faculty committee made up of a primary faculty advisor and two additional faculty members who provide students with close faculty supervision and mentorship on their exit project.
VII. Research and Collaboration Opportunities
Communication faculty members are strongly committed to providing Master's students with multiple opportunities to collaborate with faculty on research projects and to critically assess communication theories from the perspective of active researchers.
The Department of Communication also supports internship placements for students planning professional careers in business communication, media analysis, advertising, or public relations.