Graduate

The Department of Communication is currently accepting fall applicants to their M.A. program. Fall applications are accepted through July. Apply early if you are seeking an assistantship.

If you are applying to the graduate program for Fall 2017, you may be eligible for one of three awards. Please scroll down to learn more.

Our Newest Graduate Cohort (Fall 2016)

Newest MA Students (Fall 2016)
Back row (left to right): Daniela Kidd, Taliyah Brooks, Febriany Sapulete, Cat Donnelly, Brittany Maddox, Xiaoti Fan
Front row (left to right): Kyle Worley, Alshaatha Al-Sharjii, Kimberly Snow

A Civic Engagement Focus

Our nation and world face many pressing challenges which require engaged citizens. Through communication, together we identify and address matters of public concern, create more democratic organizations, participate in the political process, facilitate community involvement, and work together for the common good. This is the vision in our learning community.

Our award winning and productive faculty investigate film, media, rhetoric, organizational, environmental, health, interpersonal, intercultural and political issues – all through the lens of civic engagement. Graduate students conduct research using interpretive, quantitative, rhetorical, and critical approaches. They facilitate civic engagement in the places they work and live.

Come join our learning community and use theory and research to promote civic engagement as, together, we address the challenges of the 21st century. 

An Ideal Learning Environment

Graduate students study in an intellectually engaging and challenging, yet inclusive, departmental culture. Close relationships are formed between faculty and graduate students. Plus we live at the foothills of the beautiful Ozark Mountains. Fayetteville is a cultural crossroads filled with opportunity, excitement, and diversity. The seat of government for Washington County, Fayetteville has a population of nearly 74,000 people, with at least 500,000 people in the Northwest Arkansas metropolitan area. This progressive city attracts patrons of the arts, the sciences, and the professions, which makes Fayetteville an excellent choice for graduate study.

While attending the University of Arkansas, you may find the opportunity to:

  • conduct research with published scholars
  • become civically engaged in the community
  • have coffee with a nationally recognized researcher or lunch with a prize-winning poet
  • enjoy a weekend backpacking through a wilderness area
  • canoe the Buffalo National River or sail on Beaver Lake
  • enjoy an open market of arts, crafts, and farm-fresh produce around the town square.

Graduate Awards

The Janice Hocker Rushing award honors Dr. Rushing who taught in the Department of Communication from 1985-2004. She was admired and loved by her graduate students as both a mentor and scholar. She won the Outstanding Teaching Award from Lambda Pi Eta four times.  An outstanding scholar, she authored numerous articles in leading communication journals, on topics of film and culture ranging from feminist criticism to the Frankenstein myth and the rhetoric of Ronald Reagan’s "Star Wars" address. In 2001 she won the highest research award given by the Southern States Communication Association.

Janice Rushing Award: This $1000 award is available to strong students interested in critical analysis of all forms of communication. This award is available to new M.A. students in their first semester of study.

Application process:

1)    Apply or be in the process of applying to the M.A. program.

2)    Submit your resume and an essay where you articulate how your past endeavors illustrate the spirit of the award you are applying for, how you see your M.A. program of study fitting into the area of the award, and how you see the M.A. program contributing to their your professional goals to myria@uark.edu.

3)    Deadline: April 15

The Richard S. and Kay Kelley Arnold Graduate Fellowship. Richard was a judge of the U.S. District Court and then the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. He served as Chief Judge of the Eighth Circuit from 1992 to 1998. In 1994, President Bill Clinton called him "the most brilliant man on the federal bench." At his death, eight Supreme Court Justices published tributes to his fairness, judicial restraint, and eloquent and influential judicial opinions. 

Arnold Graduate Fellowship: This $1000 award is available to strong students who plan to focus their coursework on the United States constitution, free speech, political communication, the judiciary, or public service.  This award is available to new M.A. students in their first semester of study. Deadline: May 1

Application process:

1)    Apply or be in the process of applying to the M.A. program.

2)    Submit your resume and an essay where you articulate how your past endeavors illustrate the spirit of the award you are applying for, how you see your M.A. program of study fitting into the area of the award, and how you see the M.A. program contributing to their your professional goals to myria@uark.edu.

3)    Deadline: May 1

The Lambda Pi Eta (LPH) Alpha Chapter Award in Civic Engagement honors our department, the birthplace of the National Communication Association’s (NCA) official honor society. LPH became NCA official honor society in 1995. This award supports young scholars committed to researching and creating more inclusive organizations, more resilient communities, and more informed and engaged citizens.

LPHAC Award in Civic Engagement:This $2000 award is available to new M.A. students in their first semester of study. Applicants must have an undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or better.

Application process:

1)    Apply or be in the process of applying to the M.A. program.

2)    Submit your resume and an essay where you articulate how your past endeavors illustrate the spirit of the award you are applying for, how you see your M.A. program of study fitting into the area of the award, and how you see the M.A. program contributing to their your professional goals to myria@uark.edu.

3)    Deadline: May 1 

Travel Funding

Are you a current graduate student in the department? If so, then you may qualify for funding to present your work at either a conference or professional meeting. For more information, please click here.

Spring 2016 Commencement 

Below, please find photos of the Class of 2016 graduates. The graduation ceremony was held on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at the Bud Walton Arena.

Spring 2016 Commencement - Graduates
Back row (left to right): Afsaneh Roe, Sadie Moore, Felicia Fox, Anna Taylor, Christopher Mikkelson, Allie Taylor, Shelby Riggs
Front row (left to right): Matthew Matney, Cambry Knies, Liz Ralston, Kyla Berry
Missing from this picture: Joy Cherfan

Spring 2016 Commencement - Graduates 2
Back row (from left to right): Afsaneh Roe, Sadie Moore, Felicia Fox, Anna Taylor, Christopher Mikkelson, Allie Taylor
Front row (from left to right): Matthew Matney, Cambry Knies, Liz Ralston

Class of 2016 - Testimonials

Christopher Mikkelson  

 

"It has been really great working with my professors and getting to know them better. As an undergrad they felt like my teachers, but when I became a graduate student they became more like colleagues and friends. I also enjoyed the interactions I had with the other graduate students. Since we had smaller classes and the office space was shared, it was easier to get to know one another. Finally, I very much enjoyed teaching public speaking, as it has helped me develop more confidence in my own public speaking skills and gave me experience in managing a classroom.” – Christopher Mikkelson

 

 


Cambry Knies

“When entering Grad School for Communication I was expecting this to just be a great chance to continue my education, become a more valuable asset to a future employer and get an 'MA' after my name. Though both of those are still accurate, &nbsp I never expected this 2 year Masters Program to not only challenge me academically, but enabled me to grow personally as well.

Graduate school has given me the incredible opportunity to learn how to do scholarly research in real life, applicable ways. I have gotten to build valuable relationships with all of the Communication professors in 1 on 1 settings, and was given the unique opportunity to teach 2 sections of Freshmen level Public Speaking (which has allowed me to still have a job while being a full time student without being overwhelmed).

As my two years of being a Masters student are coming to a rapid halt, I wish I could rewind time and do this all over again. I encourage those of you who cannot decide whether to persue a Masters in Communication or not, to take that leap of faith, I promise you won't regret it.” – Cambry Knies

 Allie Taylor

 

 

“My time spent through this graduate program has not only given me the opportunity to grow my research skills and work on multiple projects, but I have made lifelong friends. I will forever be grateful for the faculty and my peers for challenging and supporting me through this experience.

– Allie Taylor

 

Liz Ralston 

 

 

 “Grad school has provided me the opportunity to grow both personally and professionally. Not only has it helped shape me as an individual, but it has also given me direction in my career. I cannot put a price on how rich and meaningful my education has been, and teaching classes has proved extremely helpful in my professional development. I have also enjoyed bridging the gap between myself and the faculty - through research, we've become colleagues. I'm very pleased to be a product of this program.” – Liz Ralston

  





Afsaneh Nimroozi


“A little nervous at first, I signed up for Grad school knowing that I wanted to continue studying Communication. During my two years as a grad student, I surprised myself with what I could accomplish. I wrote more than I had in my entire life combined, I read more articles than I thought possible, and I did it all while teaching Public Speaking to Undergraduates. With my cohort, I had the opportunity to implement a research project for Tyson, where I got to personally design our presentation to their Sustainability Department. Through this program, I was definitely pushed, but it helped me to grow as a more confident and capable person. If you get the chance, it’s a challenging and fun 2-year experience that will help you figure yourself out before jumping into your career.” – Afsaneh Nimroozi  

 

 


GRADUATE COORDINATOR
Dr. Myria Allen, myria@uark.edu
Graduate Coordinator, Department of Communication
417 Kimpel Hall
1 University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701
479-575-3046