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Communication and Media (MA)
Communication and Media (MA)
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Excel as a communication professional

Our Communication and Media master's program reflects the breadth of communication today. You'll be immersed in coursework that emphasizes new media and technology, collaboration in teams and organizations, diversity and inclusion, social change and social impact. With this unique master’s in communication program, you’ll pursue diverse areas of interest and develop expertise in one of our distinct yet interrelated concentrations in Applied Communication or Media and Popular Culture.

The program is typically completed in two years. Most classes are offered weekday evenings on the Loop or Lincoln Park campuses. Some classes are offered online.

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Surrounded by Chicago’s media empires

Our campus is in the heart of Chicago’s media and business districts in the Loop. You’ll have access to employers at top companies just steps from campus—including national and local media outlets, Fortune 500 companies and startups.

Application Deadlines

Applications are reviewed on a continuous basis. Priority deadlines for scholarships are as follows:

  • Fall quarter: June 1
  • Winter quarter: November 2
  • Spring quarter: February 15

Admission Requirements

Submit an online application, official transcripts, essay questions, writing sample, letters of recommendation, and résumé or curriculum vitae.

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Required Courses

You'll take eight foundation and concentration classes & four electives. Complete your degree with a comprehensive exam, master's thesis or master's project.

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of Communication and Media graduates were employed, continuing their education or pursuing other goals within six months of graduation.

Professors who include students in their work

DePaul professors pursue their own projects outside of the classroom and have included students in their work as well. Blair Davis, Associate Professor of Media and Cinema Studies, collaborated on a book with two students from his class. Their work examines the history of women’s roles as creators and characters in comic books from the 1930s through the 1950s. “Comic Book Women” is scheduled for release in 2022.

“The Communication and Media program provides fulfilling opportunities and it encourages thoughtful debate and discussion. I gained experience in the world of media production and developed skills in academic research and writing, being critiqued by incredibly successful scholars and teachers. The faculty propel you forward, giving you an incredible environment to develop both as a student and as an individual.”

William (MA ’11)


Alumni Network

With more than 8,500 College of Communication alumni and 210,000 alumni university-wide, you’ll be connected to a wide network of working professionals. You’ll find our alumni working at companies, agencies and organizations such as Nielsen, NPR/WBEZ, Disney Interactive Media Group and Rolling Stone.


The College of Communication offers a tuition award and scholarship opportunities. In addition, the Communication and Media program has a limited number of graduate assistantships. Learn more about the opportunities available to you.

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Contact Information

For more information about applying, contact The Office of Graduate Admission at (773) 325-4405 or

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