University of Wisconsin–Madison

Graduate Overview

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


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.

Research M.A.

The Research M.A. focuses on developing tools in mass communication research and typically leads to enrollment in a doctoral program.

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Professional M.A.

The professional M.A. typically leads to careers in news and information production.

Grad Program News

Preston Colloquium featuring Deen Freelon to be held Oct. 19

The Ivan L. Preston Research Colloquium “Protest and Power Struggles on Social Media: The Case of Black Lives Matter on …

SJMC’s Mike Wagner part of UW team receiving Luce/ACLS grant

The American Council of Learned Societies on Monday announced three universities each receiving a $60,000 award to study religion, journalism …