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Academic Programs

Find your fit from among all the options you have to pursue your studies in communication. We offer three areas of specialization for undergraduates; a master’s program; an interdisciplinary doctoral program; and several professional certificates.

B.A. in Communication

Undergraduates choose from three paths 
of study that will enhance your knowledge of communication theory and practice, and launch your career as a communication professional. 

  • Interpersonal, Organizational and Rhetorical 
  • Communication Media
  • Public Relations

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M.S. in Communication

You have options! Students can qualify to teach college-level communication courses, take a thesis track and pursue a doctoral degree, or move directly into the workforce with invaluable skills in public relations, research and media management.

To accommodate your needs, we’ve scheduled our graduate classes so you can work full-time while earning your 36-credit-hour degree. Or you can complete your  studies in as little as two years.

Graduate assistantships are available.

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Ph.D. in Communication, Rhetoric
and Digital Media

Doctoral students work with program faculty from the departments of Communication and English and with  affiliated faculty from departments across the university. You’ll delve into oral, written, visual, computational and multimodal forms of communication and rhetoric and digital media. Full-time students can complete this 56-credit-hour program; working professionals may take longer on a  part-time schedule.

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Graduate Certificate in Professional Communication and Managerial Skills

We offer graduate students – those in the STEM disciplines of science, technology, engineering and math or in a professional science master’s program – this 12-credit hour, online certificate program jointly with NC State’s Poole College of Management. Courses will enhance your  understanding of management and communication principles. ​

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