Degrees Offered

Master of Arts


Master’s: Communication Professions and Society, Digital Communication Strategies
Certificate: Digital Storytelling

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.

The communication professions and society specialization focuses upon deeper skills of analysis and research in communication and prepares students for advanced roles in their careers or for doctoral studies. The digital communication strategies specialization focuses upon the planning and use of communication technologies and prepares students to work as leaders in their professional fields.

Students are encouraged to tailor the degree to their individual interests by choosing from the varied proseminars or topics courses offered in communication, or from courses offered in other Marquette graduate programs, including business, marketing, English, psychology, and political science.

Both specializations require a problem-based, interdisciplinary, organizationally grounded fieldwork experience. Milwaukee offers a rich urban laboratory for communication study, with a wide array of advertising and public relations agencies, major corporations, consulting firms, broadcast stations, general interest and specialized newspapers and magazines, and online publications.

Visit the Department Web Page for more detailed program information.

Master of Arts in Corporate Communication

In addition to our master of arts in communication, the J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication offers a master of arts in corporate communication in conjunction with the Graduate School of Management. For more information on the corporate communication master of arts program, see the Graduate School of Management bulletin.

Application Requirements

  • Read all application instructions prior to beginning an application.
  • A completed application form and fee online.
  • Official transcripts from all current and previous colleges/universities except Marquette.
  • Three letters of recommendation, specifically in letter format.
  • A brief statement of academic and professional goals.
  • For M.A. applicants only: GRE scores (General Test only).
  • For international applicants only: TOEFL score or other acceptable proof of English proficiency is required. A minimum score of 600 on the paper-based version, 250 on the computer-based version, or 100 on the Internet-based version is required.

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 page. Private 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.