Why Study Media and Communication?
Putting Learning into Action
In-depth knowledge and practical experience come together in our programs, where you'll develop the skills necessary for a range of careers — from film, television and podcasting to public relations, marketing, reporting, political communication, social media management, health communication and more.
In the classroom and through our unique internship program, you'll sharpen your analytical skills and enhance your artistic expression. Given our location in the attractive and thriving city of Denver, you'll have many opportunities to apply your skills with the not-for-profit and social justice organizations that partner with our program in experiential learning opportunities, as well as complete internships and projects with corporate and government organizations.
Changing the World
We're dedicated to making a difference in today's world through media research and creation. Our students are leaders who provide a journalistic voice for the DU campus through The Clarion, craft strategic communication campaigns with an international reach, produce films covering relevant topics and more.Learn More
From our Estlow International Center for Journalism and New Media to individual student and faculty projects, we recognize communication's global reach. We prepare you for socially- and culturally-aware engagement with cutting-edge media on an international scale.Learn More
What You'll Learn
Public Relations, Advertising and Marketing
Our graduates are ready to jump into the fast-paced world of public relations, advertising and marketing, creating passionate storytelling and implementing strong brand management. Alumna Surbhi Kamboj, who graduated from the Media and Public Communication MA in 2018, is now the Marketing and Social Responsibility Coordinator at Denver Botanic Gardens.
Journalism and Media (Print, Online, Television, Radio)
Students have plenty of opportunities to research and write across legacy platforms such as television, print and radio, and on digital platforms including YouTube, Instagram and TikTok. Alumna Nicole Eldridge ('15) went on to work for the Ellen DeGeneres Show.
Alumna Sehra Eussufzai (MS '97) is a global brand, communications and marketing head with expertise ranging from artificial intelligence, business analytics and cloud computing to blockchain, IoT, and social and mobile apps.
Nonprofit, Education and Health
Sarah Kolb ('16) and Jane Johnson ('11) are alumni who have utilized their MFJS skills in nonprofits. Meghan Sobel ('10) is now an associate professor at Regis University researching sex trafficking and human rights in the media. Whether handling daily operations, spearheading new initiatives or using their research and teaching for the public good, graduates will be prepared for a range of roles in the nonprofit sector.
Film and Video Production
Film majors go to work in Hollywood, New York and in cities around the world, in studios, creative agencies and production companies of all sizes. Film studies and production majors like Vincent De La Torre ('13) have created award-winning films. More recent graduates Oanh Le ('17), Marteene Diaz ('17), Stephan Wisnoski ('17) and Maureen Maloney ('17) have started their own film production companies.
International and Intercultural Communication
Graduates will be prepared for a wide range of careers that require international and intercultural communication. Our graduates use their skills in diplomatic and U.S. international policy roles to support work of multinational non-profits, businesses and more. Bob Roberts (MA '98) became the head of Acme Aid Incorporated, Agnes Christeler ('03) went on to be the Head of Political and Economic Affairs at the Embassy of Switzerland in Myanmar, Kim Chariscaden ('07) was a Communications Officer at the World Health Organization and is now a Senior Communications Consultant at UNICEF, and Mark Hagar ('09) is a Resettlement Program Supervisor for Refugee Services of Texas.
Government and Political Communication
From local and state positions, to roles at national and international scales, our graduates prepare for a range of communication careers in government and politics. Alumna Dominique Jackson ('09) is a State Representative for House District 42 in Aurora.
Our graduates are equipped for careers in sports writing, reporting and broadcasting. Blake Foeman ('13) and Connor McGahey ('07) have gone on to work for ESPN and the Denver Broncos.