The application deadline for Fall 2020 admission is December 2019. The Graduate Admissions Committee will begin reviewing applications at that time and offers of admission and assistantships will be made in January; however, applications will be accepted throughout the spring semester until we meet our admissions goal.
Any questions can be directed to the Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Belinda Stillion Southard.
General Program Information
The Graduate Program of the UGA Department of Communication Studies offers a rigorous program of study in foundational and cutting-edge perspectives in Rhetorical Studies (RS) and Interpersonal and Health Studies (I and H). Our faculty can help you develop a program of study and research that is best for you!
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Our faculty is composed of an impressive number of award-winning teachers and researchers (see their awards below!). Many of our faculty are members of one or more editorial boards, hold leadership positions in national and regional professional organizations, and have been recognized by those organizations for their outstanding scholarship, teaching and service. Our scholarship regularly appears in flagship journals in the communication discipline and we have a consistent record of securing funding from private, local, state, federal government agencies. Get to know them here!
Focus on Research
Research is a central focus in all coursework and training at the M.A. and Ph.D. level. We admit a very limited number of students each year to enable faculty accessibility and individually-tailored programs of study. In both areas of specialization, students work closely with faculty to become successful teachers, independent scholars, and innovative researchers with the ability both to produce new knowledge about communication and to effectively share it with others in order to make a positive difference in people's private and public lives. Our goal is for our graduate students to be well versed and competent in communication research and theory, whether they choose to pursue careers in academia or public and private sectors. See our course options here!
Teaching and Assistantship Opportunities
Most, if not all, of our admitted students are awarded a research or teaching assistantship, which can include insurance options. Alongside research opportunities, students are encouraged to develop teaching philosophies and practical skills in the classroom that will serve them well in their future endeavors. Reach out to current graduate students here; we're happy to answer questions about the program! Scroll through potential assistantships here!
Retention and Completion
The department is proud of our retention and completion rate, with over 90% of our masters students finishing in 2 years or less and 95% of our doctoral students finishing in 5 years or less. Upon completion, graduates of our program have a high placement rate in colleges and universities, government and business.