UW-Madison ranks as one of the top universities for communication and media studies in the world. Our doctoral program in mass communication, jointly administered with the Department of Life Sciences Communication, is internationally recognized for our faculty and areas of research. Our program offers: engaged advising and mentoring; training in quantitative and qualitative research methods; and opportunities for collaborative research.
university for communication and media studies worldwide.
Research and Teaching Strengths
- Civic and political communication
- International & inter-cultural communication
- Information technologies
- Health, environmental and science communication
- History of communication
- Law and ethics of media
- Social networking and digital media
- Journalism studies
- Processes and effects of mediated communication
Explore our Graduate Programs
MASS COMMUNICATIONS Ph.D.
The Ph.D. degree in Mass Communications provides future academics and professionals with rigorous training in theory and research with highly individualized programs that students develop in consultation with their advisors.
The Research M.A. focuses on developing tools in mass communication research and typically leads to enrollment in a doctoral program.
The professional M.A. typically leads to careers in news and information production.
Graduate Program News
What's Next for Our 2022 PhD Graduates?
As summer winds to a close, many of our 2022 Ph.D. alums are heading out into the world and moving on to their next adventures.
Graduate Student Highlight: Erin McGroarty
Professional M.A. student Erin McGroarty was recently accepted to the NLGJA's CONNECT Scholar program. We caught up with Erin to hear more about her.
SJMC grad students and faculty present research, receive awards at AEJMC Conference 2022
This year's AEJMC conference is August 3-5. SJMC graduate students and faculty will be presenting research and speaking on panels.