Four graduate students pose on graduation day in front of the college banner with their advisors.

Graduate Programs

The Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications offers a master’s degree in media studies and Ph.D. in mass communications. Our curriculum allows students to design a program of study tailored to their interests, choosing from an array of classes each semester that explore theory and cutting-edge research methods in mass communication.

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    one winner of 2020 Martin Award for Outstanding Teaching by a Graduate Student: Jason Freeman

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    past and forthcoming presidents of leading professional organizations: Marie Hardin (AEJMC) and Mary Beth Oliver (ICA)

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    three International Communication Fellows: Homero Gil de Zúñiga, Mary Beth Oliver and S. Shyam Sundar

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    of our faculty are editors or senior editors for major journals: - Computers in Human Behavior (Bu Zhong) - Mass Communication & Society (Michael Schmierbach) - Journal of Media Ethics (Patrick Plaisance) - Journal of Information Policy (Krishna Jayakar)

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    recent job placements by our Ph.D. graduates: - Litzy Galarza, assistant professor, University of Northern Alabama - Virginia Harrison, assistant professor, Clemson University - Wunpini F. Mohammed, assistant professor, University of Georgia - Maria D. Molina, assistant professor, Michigan State University - Jinping Wang, assistant professor, Duquesne University

Recent Graduates

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Rose Liqiu Luwei

Assistant Professor, Hong Kong Baptist University

2018, Ph.D.

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Arienne Ferchaud

Assistant Professor, Florida State University

2018, Ph.D.

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Yan Huang

Assistant Professor, University of Houston

2107, Ph.D.

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Michail Vafeiadis

Assistant Professor, Auburn University

2017, Ph.D.

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Steve Bien-Aime

Assistant Professor, Northern Kentucky University

2016, Ph.D.

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Frank Waddell

Assistant Professor, University of Florida

2016, Ph.D.

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Bo Zhang

UX Researcher, Facebook

2015, Ph.D.

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Kathryn Blevins

Assistant Professor, University of Idaho

2014, Ph.D.

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Melanie Formentin

Assistant Professor, Towson University

2014, Ph.D.

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Erin Ash

Associate Professor, Clemson University

2013, Ph.D.

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Lauren DeCarvalho

Assistant Professor, University of Denver

2013, Ph.D.

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Chenjerai Kumanyika

Assistant Professor, Rutgers University

2013, Ph.D.