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.

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M.A. Programs

M.A. in Corporate Communication (30 cr.)

Courses available both face-to-face and online.

M.A. in Communication (30 cr.)*

Courses available both face-to-face and online.

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

Dual Degree M.A. Programs (54 cr./48 cr./36 cr.)

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

Ph.D. Programs

Ph.D. in Rhetoric (36 cr.)

Each emphasis area works in support of two intellectual pillars: "Walking the Humanities into the Marketplace" with "The Ethical Difference."

Communication Ethics and Crisis in the Public Sphere

This area emphasizes the exercise of communication ethics in managing organizational and public crises. Courses provide students with philosophical ground and rhetorical insight about the emergence and management of crises in private and public spheres.

Integrated Marketing Communication/Corporate Communication

Prepares students for working in for-profit and nonprofit organizations by examining philosophical orientations to rhetorical texts in the diverse complex of professional organizations (e.g., coordinates of integrated marketing communication, internal and external branding, etc.).

Rhetoric of Technology/Media Ecology

Courses introduce students to the complementary dynamics of philosophy and rhetoric in a digital age. Emphasis on elements of mediated communication environments and their effects on human interaction.