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.
To apply for our Master's programs, you must have a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. The undergraduate degree does not have to be in a communication-related field, but students are expected to have a basic understanding and awareness of communication when they start the program.
Graduate Program Tracks
Explore Corporate Communication
Students must submit official undergraduate transcripts directly to Duquesne University that show a 3.0 QPA or higher.
Students must submit GRE scores showing above-average performance.
Codes for GRE:
- 2196 (Duquesne University)
- 4599 (Communication)
Students must submit a writing sample within a collegiate or business setting.
Shoulds should submit three letters of recommendation from individuals that can speak to their academic and professional performance.
Students should submit a statement of professional and career goals in 500 words or less. This statement should identify the precise M.A. program to which the student is applying: M.A. in Communication (including the emphasis that the student is selecting); Online M.A. in Corporate Communication; or M.A. in Rhetoric & Philosophy of Communication.