Graduate Program

We offer a nationally acclaimed Master's program in the beautiful northern Rocky Mountains, and in our most recent program review we were cited for having a "Ph.D. level faculty and course of study." Our graduate program is noted for its close faculty-student interaction. Our MA students are granted admission to the top Ph.D. programs in the country, and excel in their Ph.D. studies.  Students leaving with our MA comment on the excellent training they received while they were enrolled in our program.

The Department of Communication Studies serves students preparing for doctoral study as well as students preparing for non-academic careers. We do not offer courses that are tailored specifically to a particular professional setting. Rather, the content is applicable to different contexts where the focus is on interpersonal, organizational, public, and cultural communication issues. Students are given considerable latitude in pursuing their own applications of knowledge in communication.


The Communication Studies Department is a regional program identified by the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education (WICHE). As a result, students from Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming can enroll for in-state tuition. Learn more about WICHE.

Graduate Handbook

The graduate handbook contains everything you need to know about our program requirements, timelines for completion of your degree, procedures for selecting TAs for summer and Wintersession teaching, responsibilities of a graduate student, and other useful information about our program.

Check out the Procedures for Completing the MA Degree for more information.