Graduate Programs

SJMC graduate student.

The SJMC offers a Master’s in Journalism and Mass Communication, a Master's in Strategic Communication and a Ph.D. in Mass Communication. Students may also pursue a joint degree in Mass Communication and law at either the Master’s or Ph.D. level.

Each emphasizes individualized inquiry into communication phenomena in a lively intellectual environment. Competitively small program sizes permit students and faculty to work closer together as a community of learners.

Applications for the Master's in Strategic Communication program are accepted for spring, summer, and fall semesters.

The Master’s in Journalism and Mass Communication and the Ph.D in Mass Communication graduate programs start in the fall semester. Review of applications for these graduate programs begins by January 10 for the following fall. Students seeking financial assistance should apply by that date. Prospective students are welcome to view the School of Journalism & Mass Communication Graduate Studies Handbook.

In addition, the School engages in a variety of activities for the enrichment of students, faculty, and the entire campus. Speakers visit campus each year under lectureships funded by the John F. Murray and Leslie G. Moeller Fund. In addition, guest speakers are funded through the Hearst Visiting Professionals Program and the Hageboeck Daily Iowan Visiting Professionals Program.