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Graduate Degrees: M.A. & Ph.D.

The Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies offers graduate degrees (M.A. and Ph.D.) intentionally situated within a series of what Martin Buber referred to as a unity of contraries. We embrace the productive tensions between theory and practice; preparation for teaching and for the marketplace; recruitment of traditional and non-traditional students; excellence in teaching and scholarship; professional expectations and an invitational intellectual community.

As a student in our graduate program, you will experience the integration of a humanities education with practical application and a commitment to communication in the marketplace. Consistent with the mission of Duquesne University, we will invite you into a conversation that will expand your horizons through the unity of liberal arts and professional education, moral issues and secular excellence.

M.A. Programs

M.A. in Communication (30 cr.)*
(online courses available)

Emphasis Areas:

M.A. in Corporate Communication (30 cr.)
(online courses available)

M.A. in Rhetoric & Philosophy of Communication (36 cr.)

Dual Degree M.A. Programs (51 cr./48 cr.)

*The M.A. in Communication (30 cr.) can be completed in a 1-Year Intensive track in consultation with an advisor. 

Ph.D. Program

Ph.D. in Rhetoric (36 cr.)

Emphasis Areas:

  • Communication Ethics and Crisis in the Public Sphere
  • Integrated Marketing Communication/Corporate Communication
  • Rhetoric of Technology