Master's in Media and Public Communication

The MA in Media and Public Communication combines theory and practice to prepare you for successful careers in strategic communication, public relations, health communication, nonprofit management, government communication, media education, research and more. Choose a concentration based on your interests and professional goals:

  • The Strategic Communication Concentration spans the fields of public relations, public affairs, health communication and brand management. Courses emphasize ethical and socially responsible communication in nonprofit, government and corporate settings.
  • The Media and Globalization Concentration is designed for students interested in pursuing careers as researchers and educators. It explores how media industries and technologies influence cultural, economic and political processes in contemporary societies.

Students enrolled in the two year, Media and Public Communication master’s program may choose to earn a Graduate Certificate in Public Diplomacy without the need for additional credits.

Why a Master's in Media and Public Communication at DU? 

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    Numerous Portfolio and Resume-Building Opportunities

    Whether it's designing campaigns for local clients, interning with top media decision makers or working alongside our world renowned faculty, your experiences here at DU will help you build a robust foundation for career success in the field of media and communication.  

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    Access to Tailored Professional Internships

    Our comprehensive internship program helps to place students in local, regional, national and international internships that match their career goals, giving graduates both on the job experience and the opportunity to build valuable professional relationships in their chosen field.

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    Small Seminars and Personalized Attention

    Join our close-knit community of students, professors and alumni who will support and challenge you to find your voice and follow your passion.  Work one-on-one with faculty mentors and community partners to build thriving relationships that will continue to benefit you throughout your career.


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90% 90% of Students Receive Funding We offer scholarships and Graduate Teaching Assistant positions. Awards are based on merit and are allocated on a competitive basis. If you apply, you will be considered for funding support automatically.

11:1 Student Faculty Ratio Receive individual instruction and mentorship from faculty who are available to their students. Build lifelong relationships while you learn alongside your close knit community of peers.

200 Internships Per Year Each year, we place approx. 200 graduate and undergraduate students in top public relations and advertising agencies, digital marketing companies, government institutions, nonprofit organizations, major media outlets, sports organizations, and more.

Danielle Calhoun

Alumni Spotlight: Danielle Calhoun, MFJS '10

Calhoun graduated from the University of Denver in 2010 with a graduate degree in strategic communication. Today, she serves as Vice President, Platform Strategy at Weber Shandwick.

"The benefit of the degree from DU is that the program offered a lot of flexibility," she said. "I was able to take classes in graphic design and digital marketing as well as writing and strategic communications. It was great, because companies were just starting to use social media and were ramping up their online marketing. Because I had these extra skills, I was able to kind of create my career from the word go."

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