Program Duration: 2 Years
Full-Time: Yes | Part-Time: Yes
Online and On-Campus Options: Yes
A master's in communication through Marquette's 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.
Years to Complete
Part-time and Online Options
*Credit hours based on the MA. Certificate credits and more details can be found on the Graduate School bulletin.
The master of arts in communication offers the opportunity to choose from two specializations: communication and media studies or digital communication strategies.
The communication and media studies 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 pro-seminars or topics courses offered in communication, or from courses offered in other Marquette graduate programs, including business, marketing, English, psychology, and political science.
This specialization provides you with the conceptual foundation and practical training you’ll need to help organizations plan and execute effective digital communication strategies. In addition to learning how to plan effective strategies and create digital content, your course work will also explore how to measure the effectiveness of communication messaging in advertising, public relations, and journalism.
The certificate is for those who want to understand the theoretical foundation of storytelling, apply it to the various disciplines in communication, and learn the applied skills in multimedia technology to competitive in the converged job market. Students who complete the certificate will learn different types of storytelling, such as informational, persuasive, and historical, and different forms of storytelling, such as public affairs journalism, fundraising, advertising, public relations, entertainment, as well as family stories. Students also learn different means for doing storytelling through documentaries, blogs, websites, print media, etc. Woven into the program are ethical considerations regarding who tells the story.
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 webpage for more detailed program information about the digital storytelling certificate.
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.
phone: (414) 288-0327
Students typically begin their studies in the fall of each academic year. This program has rolling admission, which means you may apply any time before the following dates:
These are the dates your application must be complete and 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) should be aware of the merit-based financial aid deadlines by which all applicant materials must be received by the Graduate School:
1 Upon admission, final official transcripts from all previously attended colleges/universities, with certified English translations if original language is not English, must be submitted to the Graduate School within the first five weeks of the term of admission or a hold preventing registration for future terms will be placed on the student’s record.
For a comprehensive listing of merit-based aid (graduate assistantships/fellowships) please visit the departmental financial aid webpage. 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.
Students interested in the communication master's program may want to consider applying for the Trinity Fellows Program as well. Trinity Fellows is a graduate fellowship program dedicated to developing urban leaders with a commitment to social and economic justice. Trinity Fellows participate in a 21-month study/ work program while earning a master's degree. Those who have completed a full-time service program (minimum 10 months), and/or have worked for 2+ years in the nonprofit sector are eligible to apply. Details and instructions to apply are found on the Trinity Fellows website.