Application Deadlines

Masters: June 1 (for Fall admission); November 1 (for Winter admission)

Ph.D. Programs: January 15

Graduate Certificates: June 1 (for Fall admission); November 1 (for Winter admission); April 1 (Spring admission)

Program Overview

Part of the Graduate School and the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts, the Department of Communication includes 30 full-time faculty members with specialized backgrounds offering a variety of scholarly and professional approaches to the study and practice of communication.

The Ph.D. in Communication offers advanced study in human communication, tailored to fit student goals. We also offer a dual-title Ph.D. in Communication and Urban Sustainability. This interdisciplinary degree is designed to prepare researchers and professionals to solve challenging urban problems that require working across disciplines.

The Master of Arts in Communication offers concentrations in Communication Studies, Journalism, Media Arts, Media Studies, and Public Relations & Organizational Communication. An online course option for the Public Relations and Organizational Communication concentration is coming soon.

Graduate Certificate programs offer students the option to gain expertise in Communication and New Media, Risk and Crisis, and Health Communication.

To accommodate busy professionals, courses are offered in the evening at our main campus in Midtown Detroit.

Graduate Course Rotation

Projected Graduate Course rotation through Spring/Summer 2025

Graduate Student Organization

The Communication Graduate Student Association provides representation for graduate students, along with the opportunity to connect with fellow students and alumni.

Graduate Program Assessment Reports

Academic Year 2021-2022

MA Assessment report

MA asessement rubrics for LO1 and 2

PhD assessment report

PhD assessment rubrics for LO1 and 2

PhD assessment data for LO3

Academic Year 2022-2023

MA Assessment Report

PhD in Com Assessment Report

PhD in Com & Sustainability Assessment Report

Contact us

For more information on any of our graduate programs, please contact:

Interim Director of Graduate Studies
Graduate Academic Adviser