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Our mission is to educate producers and consumers of existing and emerging forms of public communication, and to instill in them the value of freedom of expression, intellectual and cultural diversity, critical thinking, creativity, ethics, professional skills, and social responsibility.

Building A Culture of Collaboration

Graduate Studies at the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication is a program that allows students from various professional and academic backgrounds to collaborate with leading faculty – and each other. Whether you are looking to advance in professional communications fields or in academia, Gaylord Graduate Studies provides support and flexibility for achieving your individual goals. Master’s level classes are scheduled to accommodate working professionals’ schedules, and assistantships and fellowships are available for both master’s and doctoral students.

Welcome to the Gaylord College Grad Program

Thank you for looking at our program. You will find more information on our three programs of study, along with specific deadlines and requirements for entering these programs at the links below.

Read a message from our Graduate Director, Dr. Meta G. Carstarphen…


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Master of Arts (MA)

This program is designed for students seeking an advanced course of study in: Advertising, Broadcasting and Electronic Media, Journalism, Mass Communications Management and Public Relations

Master of Professional Writing (MPW)

This unique program is designed to develop and refine commercial writing skills for students interested in producing: Nonfiction Books, Novels and Screenplays

Doctoral (Ph.D.)

This quickly growing program allows students to work with leading research faculty on projects across the field of communications. Individual research interests are encouraged, but our program divides into three broad categories: Media Arts, News and Information and Strategic communication

Graduate Faculty Blogs and Websites

Dr. Meta G. Carstarphen

Read the latest from
Dr. Meta G. Carstarphen's blog, "Transactional PR – Community-Identity-Communication."

Michael Kent

Dr. Michael Kent discusses media on his blog, "Livin' the Dream: A collection of rants, polemics, observations. An Old School Blog."

Deborah Chester

Get some tips and insight into the world of professional writing from Dr. Deborah Chester's blog "Chronicles of the Scribe."