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The Graduate Program in Communication offers programs leading to the Master of Arts (either Plan A (Thesis option) or Plan B (non‐thesis option)) and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. The primary areas of emphasis include communication processes, effects and functions within interpersonal, mediated and mass contexts. Applied areas include health communication, and communication and information systems.
The program offers special opportunities for students to apply communication theory and research in health contexts. Students pursuing work in health communication are encouraged to develop interdisciplinary programs involving the Department of Behavioral Science, the College of Medicine, as well as the Colleges of Dentistry, Health Sciences, Pharmacy, and Nursing. The College also participates in interdisciplinary research programs with the Center for Prevention Research, the Sanders‐Brown Center for Aging, and a variety of other health‐related departments and institutes.
The program is designed to serve the needs of students whose goals may include teaching and academic research, professional research, or communication careers in the media or other organizations. Students with no previous course work in a communication area may be required to take undergraduate work without graduate credit.
Library and Information Science
The School of Information Science offers an ALA accredited* master's degree in library science. Additionally, school teachers can earn school media certification. Students can select electives appropriate for academic libraries, public libraries, information technology, health information and more.