Theory + Practice = Communication Career

The 36-credit Master’s in Communication and Information Studies (MCIS) program integrates theory and practice to advances professional practice in communication and information intensive professions. Students may follow a general plan of study or pursue a specialized track in Strategic Organization Communication, Digital Media (available online), or Health and Community Engagement. MCIS faculty emphasize original research, cutting edge theory, and knowledge and skills necessary to understand and manage the complex communication, information, and media processes inherent to the information age.

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Get Involved With the Graduate Student Association!

The GSA has an end-of-semester social event scheduled for:

Thursday, May 8th 6:30-8:30 (location TBD)

Hope to see you there!

Visit the GSA Facebook group for more information on upcoming events and activities. The GSA officers are:

  • Samantha Gilham
  • Samann Rahimi
  • Felicia Empey
  • Karen Sullivan
End-of-Semester Reminders!

If you are a first semester student and wish to apply for the Research Associate track, please submit a one-page research statement and the name of your faculty mentor to Jenn Gibbs by May 5th.

If you are doing an internship, teaching internship, or research practicum, please submit a self evaluation and have your supervisor submit a performance evaluation and suggested letter grade to Jenn Gibbs (email is fine, there are no forms for this) by May 5th.

Capstone presentations are scheduled for Monday, May 12th, from 6-8 pm in room 337.

MCIS Students

Navigate the Admissions Process

The MCIS program is looking for recent graduates and proficient communicators who exemplify high professionals standards. The Admissions Committee considers excellence you’ve demonstrated in your respective field and the likelihood of your success with the program.


Current Student Resources

Students are advised to participate in faculty advising, especially new students and those with questions about graduation requirements. Faculty will guide you in making choices that reflect your career goals. You also are encouraged to become immersed in key communication organizations, making contributions on the local and national level.


Areas of Specialization

Our well-regarded faculty are noted experts in their respective fields. The MCIS program features specializations that will give you an expertise in burgeoning 21st century careers, such as digital media and health communication. Faculty will help guide you to the appropriate specialization based on your future goals.