http://www.com.miami.edu

Departments

The School of Communication offers:

  • the Master of Arts in the Department of Communication Studies (M.A. in Communication Studies),
  • the Master of Arts in the Department of Journalism and Media Management (M.A. in Journalism), and
  • the Master of Arts in the Department of Strategic Communication (M.A. in Public Relations), and
  • the Master of Fine Arts in the Department of Cinema and Interactive Media (M.F.A. in Motion Pictures and M.F.A. in Interactive Media).

The School also offers a Ph.D. in Communication.

Admission Requirements

Admission to Graduate Studies at the Master’s Level

The following is a list of the required conditions as well as the required documents/fees for your application for admission to the Master of Arts or Master of Fine Arts degree in Communication:

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
  • The School’s official application
  • A $65.00 non-refundable application fee
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • 500 word typed statement of academic and professional goals.
    • Note: for the Interactive Media M.F.A., please visit this web site for specific instructions about the statement
  • Official transcripts of all college work, both undergraduate and graduate
    • Note: In addition, international applicants must send an official copy of their diploma for all degrees earned, and all documentation that confers your degree, with English translation for all degrees earned.
    • Note: All transcripts must be the original document, forwarded directly from the university; Xerox copies, true copies, notarized copies and other types of copies are not acceptable.
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS scores
    • Note: Only for international applicants
  • Copy of current passport
    • Note: Only for international applicants. The name entered on the graduate application must exactly match your name as it appears on your passport.
  • Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores
    • Note: Required for M.A. applicants in Communication Studies and Public Relations. 
    • Note: Journalism M.A. and Interactive Media M.F.A. applicants may send GRE scores or a portfolio
    • Note: Not required for Motion Pictures M.F.A. applicants
  • Portfolio
    • Note: Required for Motion Pictures M.F.A. applicants
    • Note: Interactive Media M.F.A. applicants may send a portfolio or GRE scores

Contact the Office of Graduate Studies, call 305-284-5236 or email, for information.

Admission to Graduate Studies for the Juris Doctor/Master of Arts in Communication Joint Degree

Requirements for admission to graduate studies for the Juris Doctor/Master of Arts in Communication joint degree are:

  • Students must be admitted to the Law School first, prior to enrollment in the School of Communication, checking a box on their application indicating their interest in the joint degree program. Once accepted to the Law School, the student’s law school application including LSAT score, undergraduate transcript, and letters of recommendation (two of them required for the J.D. program) will be sent to the School of Communication for review. The student will then receive notification from the School of Communication regarding his/her admission to the joint degree program.
  • The LSAT score may be submitted in lieu of the GRE score.

General notes

  • Students will be admitted to the Law School J.D. program and the School of Communication (SoC) master’s program separately.
  • Students in this joint degree program must commence law study first.
  • Students who have already commenced work on the SoC MA are not eligible for the joint program.

Admission to Graduate Studies at the Doctoral Level

The following is a list of the required conditions as well as the required documents/fees for your application for admission to the Doctor of Philosophy in Communication program:

  • A master’s degree in communication or another appropriate field. The degree must be in addition to a bachelor’s degree. All degrees must be from accredited institutions.
  • The School’s official application
  • A $65.00 non-refundable application fee
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts of all college work, both undergraduate and graduate
    • Note: In addition, international applicants must send an official copy of their diploma for all degrees earned, and all documentation that confers your degree, with English translation for all degrees earned.
    • Note: All transcripts must be the original document, forwarded directly from the university; Xerox copies, true copies, notarized copies and other types of copies are not acceptable.
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS scores
    • Note: Only for international applicants
  • Copy of current passport
    • Note: Only for international applicants. The name entered on the graduate application must exactly match your name as it appears on your passport.
  • Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores
  • Current Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • 500-word typed statement of your academic and professional goals, research area you want to pursue and why, and how your background has prepared you for this. A copy of the completed master’s thesis or comparable scholarly work if a master’s thesis has been completed. If the master’s thesis is in progress, submit completed chapters. If a thesis is not required by your master’s program, submit comparable scholarly work.

Degree Programs

The School of Communication offers graduate programs leading to the Master of Arts, Master of Fine Arts, and the Doctor of Philosophy degrees.

Communication Studies (M.A.)

COMMUNICATION STUDIES (M.A.) is a program designed to provide students with a rigorous educational experience, to develop an advanced understanding of the human communication process, to increase awareness of the interdisciplinary nature of the communication field, and to develop oral, written, critical thinking, and research skills. The 30 credit hour thesis track program emphasizes the student’s development of research skills. The 36 credit hour non-thesis track program focuses on a theoretical foundation with emphasis on applied communication. Students have the option to concentrate in Communication Studies, Health Communication, Intercultural Communication, or Organizational Communication.

Journalism (M.A.)

JOURNALISM (M.A.) is an intensive program of academic study and hands-on practice designed to develop competitive, high-level, cross-platform digital media skills appropriate for today’s media landscape. Students take a common core of courses designed to provide a foundation in all aspects of contemporary journalism (e.g., writing, reporting, multimedia, data visualization, broadcasting, media law and ethics). In addition, students have the opportunity to focus their work in various areas of study, including broadcast journalism, news and feature writing and various aspects of multimedia journalism. Through a combination of journalism courses and related courses offered by other programs, students may also concentrate some of their work in particular areas of interest (e.g., sports reporting and, travel and features). The program begins in the fall semester and lasts for 18 months. No prior training or experience in journalism is required.

Public Relations (M.A.)

PUBLIC RELATIONS (M.A.) offers two tracks. The 30 credit hour thesis track program provides an opportunity to supplement a working foundation and knowledge with pertinent theory and research methodologies. A second 36 credit hour, coursework-only non-thesis track program builds from a foundation of public relations and communication courses.

Joint Degree Juris Doctor (J.D.)/M.A. in Communication

JOINT DEGREE JURIS DOCTOR (J.D.)/M.A. IN COMMUNICATION. A powerful background in law and in communication can be a launching pad for a career in law, business, entertainment or government. For this reason, the University of Miami School of Law and School of Communication have brought together these two dynamic fields to offer a joint degree program. Through this joint program, students can acquire a law degree and a master’s degree in communication in less time (3 to 3½ years). The joint degree program is intended for students with a variety of goals including students who plan to practice professionally in a communication field such as journalism or strategic communication with a law-related emphasis. Graduates of these programs may also work as in-house counsel for new communication technology companies, or serve with government agencies concerned with communication law or with law firms practicing in that field. This program also provides a solid foundation for future journalists who wish to report on legal affairs, and offers ideal preparation for the rapidly growing field of public affairs management, in which practitioners work in business, government and non-profits to communicate with key audiences.

The School of Communication M.A. degree programs participating in the joint J.D. program are:

  • Communication Studies (Communication Studies, Health Communication, Intercultural Communication, Organizational Communication)
  • Public Relations
  • Journalism

Motion Pictures (M.F.A.)

MOTION PICTURES (M.F.A.) The Motion Picture graduate program provides a student-centered, learning experience within a globally diverse moving image context. The M.F.A. curriculum emphasizes the relationship between theory and practice and encourages both creative collaboration and independent thinking as it prepares motion picture professionals and artists. M.F.A. candidates are expected to follow a set sequence of courses during the first two semesters of their studies. During the second year of studies, candidates are strongly encouraged to explore not only a primary but also a secondary area of specialization in the program and develop a minimum of two creative projects consistent with their areas of primary interest and secondary specialization. A minimum of 6 credit hours in each area of specialization is required. Under faculty committee supervision, students will develop one or two creative projects in the third year of their studies. This three-year program culminates with a thesis portfolio that demonstrates, not only skillful execution of craft, but strong conceptual development rooted in collaborative work and innovative uses of technology.

Graduate students are encouraged to pursue independent and critical thinking, research and creative work as appropriate to the fulfillment of the requirements of their degree. In addition, the graduate program seeks to support innovative approaches and ideas and to aid in the pursuit of relevant scholarly and creative endeavors.

Interactive Media (M.F.A)

INTERACTIVE MEDIA (M.F.A.) The Interactive Media graduate program aims to prepare a new generation of innovators and leaders in the field of interaction design. The M.F.A. curriculum emphasizes exploration of the use of technology, design, and human behavior, to impact, augment, and influence how people communicate. The multidisciplinary curriculum brings together students from different backgrounds to learn about interaction design, gaming, mobile, data visualization, human computer interaction, and other emerging technologies. The program trains students to research, prototype, design, and build projects in business, social, academic, and cultural contexts.

Communication

COMMUNICATION (Ph.D.) provides students with the theory and research skills required to use communication to make positive change in society, community, and individuals. Possible areas of specialization, within this overarching framework of social and behavioral change, include health communication (broadly defined), intercultural communication, organizational communication, international communication, advocacy, and journalism studies and accompanying new/digital media foundations and skills.