The Diederich College of Communication’s Master of Arts program equips you to make a difference in your own life and in society as a whole. Your graduate adviser helps you tailor your course of study and works with you throughout your program.
You'll complete a 9-credit Common Core, plus credits in your area of specialization and electives. Students can take electives in various areas in communication or take courses from other graduate programs at Marquette. Thesis track students complete 30 hours total; professional track students complete 36 hours total.
In conjunction with the Graduate School of Management, we offer an interdisciplinary MA in Corporate Communication that combines public relations fundamentals, communication theory and advanced business education. Our multi-discipline curriculum prepares you for executive-level functions and the training to handle complex communication issues. You can get all the details of our unique program on the Graduate School of Management's website.
This 15-credit non-degree program offers an opportunity to develop multimedia skills while learning how storytelling is used in public life by various professionals, such as journalists, public historians, fundraisers, advertisers, educators, public relations specialists, or communication specialists in organizations. Take a multimedia course to learn the basics, a course in narrative storytelling, and a capstone course that allows you to build a micro site. Use these new courses as electives in the M.A. program or combine them with two other electives to build a Certificate in Digital Storytelling.
This 15-credit, is for those who want to strengthen their communication skills in
the workplace to solve professional communication challenges. The certificate can
stand alone or be applied toward the master’s degree in communication for students
admitted to the degree program.
Learn more about the Certificate in Digital Storytelling
This doctorate program gives you the chance to create an academic program that cuts
across traditional disciplines. Instead of being supported by one department, school
or college, your program is administered by a faculty committee.
View guidelines for Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program
Study politics and communication. Earn two degrees.
The College of Communication and the Department of Political Science offer a joint study program leading to a master's degree in Communication and a master's degree in Political Science or International Affairs.
You can earn both degrees in less time than pursuing them separately because you count nine credits in each program toward the requirements of the other program. The joint program reduces total credit hours for the two degrees by 18 hours.
You must submit separate applications, including two sets of required documentation, to the Graduate School for admission to both programs. Acceptance to one program does not guarantee acceptance to the other.
Typically, joint degree students complete the core communication courses and substitute political science or international affairs courses for specialization courses or electives. Consult with the associate dean for Graduate Studies and Research for specifics.