Degrees Offered


Program Description

The J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication graduate program prepares students for intellectual, artistic, professional and ethical leadership in a complex technological and multicultural world. It uses a core of common knowledge, values, and communication skills to improve understanding of communication as a cultural and social process and to develop the skills necessary for success in constantly changing information environments. Graduate students are partners in the production of knowledge and are actively involved in systematic research and professional development, which enables them to develop a mastery of the intellectual and professional content of the discipline. All students complete a core curriculum and develop a specialization in areas such as: advertising and public relations; communication studies; journalism; mass communication; and communication about health, environment, science and sustainability.

The program offers an interdisciplinary bridge between courses in a variety of areas and individual interests and goals. In addition to completing the core and one of the specializations, students are able to tailor their programs to their interests by taking elective courses in other specialization areas or in other graduate programs at Marquette, such as business, marketing, English, psychology, sociology, political science and others.

The program can be tailored for students who have undergraduate training in their field of choice, who are working as practitioners, as well as those who wish to teach or conduct research.

The program prepares students to work in a variety of settings from education to industry. Students study and work in an urban laboratory with a wide array of advertising and public relations agencies, communications consulting firms, broadcast stations, and one of the world's most respected newspapers. Marquette alumni work in many of these organizations, which routinely seek out Marquette graduate students for internship and employment opportunities.

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Application Requirements

Application Deadline

Rolling admission; this means you may apply any time before August 1 for fall term admissions (June 1 for international applicants) and December 15 for spring term admissions (October 15 for international applicants). These are the dates by which your applications must be complete, meaning that all required documentation must be received in the Graduate School by these dates.

However, applicants who wish to be considered for merit-based financial aid (graduate assistantships/fellowships), please be aware of the merit-based financial aid deadlines by which all applicant materials must be received by the Graduate School: Fall (August) Term: February 15, Spring (January) Term: November 15, Summer (May) Term: April 15.

Financial Aid

For a comprehensive listing of merit-based aid (graduate assistantships/fellowships) please visit the departmental financial aid web pagePrivate scholarships may also be available. U.S. citizens and permanent residents may be eligible to apply for need-based federal aid (loans) to help fund their educational expenses as well.


Contact Us

The Graduate School, Holthusen Hall, 3rd Floor
P.O. Box 1881
1324 W. Wisconsin Ave., Room 305
Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881
(414) 288-7137

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