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

SJMC Team Wins Top Paper Award

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SJMC Faculty and Students Reveal Wisconsin Wants Nonpartisan Redistricting

As a collaborative group of SJMC faculty and graduate students wrote, “Legislative redistricting is one of the most important — and …