About the Graduate Program

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, you may be eligible for one of three awards.

Newest MA Students (Fall 2017)
Our Newest Graduate Cohort (Fall 2019). Back row left to right: Tom Nelson, Charlotte Castro, Ben Figueroa, Austen Saunders, and Isabel Villanueva. Front row left to right: Dani Jackson, Kaleb Turner, KC Ludwig, Faith Fill, and Sam Buchanan.

Top 8 Reasons to Choose Our Program for Your Graduate Education

The University of Arkansas is a doctoral-granting, research university with very high levels of research activity (RU/VH). Only 108 schools in the U.S. share that top level Carnegie Foundation classification.

Your faculty are top scholars in their respective areas. Their research appears in top journals and highly acclaimed books. Graduate students routinely collaborate with faculty on research projects which can become conference papers or scholarly articles. When you graduate you will be well prepared to enter a Ph.D. program or the workplace.

This is important in our field because we study the incredible complexity of human communication. Whether you go on for a Ph.D. or enter the workplace you learn how to answer complex questions using research skills.

Our graduate students go on to work for organizations ranging from Fortune 100 companies to non-profit organizations. The corporate headquarters of organizations including Walmart and Tyson Foods are located in surrounding communities. Many go on to study at some of the best Ph.D. programs in Communication in the U.S.

Through communication, people 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. 

Our departmental graduate student community is diverse, intellectually curious, and collegial. We have had many International Fulbright Scholars studying with us. Students enjoy an environment of lively exchange in which learning occurs both in and out of the classroom.

Over 4000 graduate students study at the University in 75 M.A. programs and 53 Ph.D. programs. They are drawn here because of our excellent faculty, library and research resources. You can form relationships with diverse graduate students from across campus.

Fayetteville is an affordable but vibrant college community located close to major lakes and the forested foothills of the scenic Ozark Mountains. Opportunities for the arts and world class shopping also exist in Northwest Arkansas. Livability.com rated it among the top 10 college towns in the U.S.

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 with a population of more than 80,000 people and 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.

Scholarships, Awards and Travel Funding

There are many awards and scholarships available for graduate communication students. Visit the scholarships and awards page for more information.

Travel Funding

If you are a current graduate student in the department, then you may qualify for funding to present your work at either a conference or professional meeting.

Spring 2019 Commencement

Below is a photo of the Class of 2019 graduates. The graduation ceremony was held on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at the
Bud Walton Arena.


Commencement 2019 MA Communication
Back row (left to right): Ariel Romero, Dusan Stojanovic, and Jay Cruz. Front row (left to right): Callie Embry, Valeria Pierola Suzuki, Thuy Le, Juniper Patel, Brittan Andres, Tiffany Fields, Kasey Sisson, Devin Cosper, and Drew Viguet.

Graduate Testimonials

Christopher Mikkelson

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."

Cambry Knies

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."

Allie Taylor

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."

Liz Ralston

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."

Afsaneh Nimroozi

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."