Communication and Media Studies Master's Program

David Markowitz teaching at the University of Oregon
Master’s Degree in Communication and Media Studies

Communication and media are among the most powerful forces shaping the world today. In our Communication and Media Studies Master’s program, you’ll work with top international experts to conduct groundbreaking research in the field.

David Markowitz teaching at the University of Oregon

Master’s Degree in Communication and Media Studies

Communication and media are among the most powerful forces shaping the world today. In our Communication and Media Studies Master’s program, you’ll work with top international experts to conduct groundbreaking research in the field.

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Set Yourself Apart in the Field of Media Research

Our media studies graduate program allows you to pursue interdisciplinary studies and tailor your research to your interests.  You’ll examine mass media and communication from every angle under the guidance of global experts at one of the nation’s oldest accredited schools of journalism and communication within an Association of American Universities R1 research institution. And you’ll build a lasting network as you collaborate with and learn from a tight-knit cohort, many of whom research the impact of media on underrepresented communities and spur positive changes in the field.

 

5-10
Students In each Cohort 
18-21
Months Spent In The Program
60%
students from outside oregon

 

What You Can Do with a Communication and Media Studies Graduate Degree

Our master’s students develop valuable analytic and research skills that are in high demand. Although most master’s graduates go on to pursue doctoral studies or media research, a communication and media studies graduate degree offers a solid foundation that can springboard you into a career in media, government, law, or nonprofit work. The master’s program is also aligned with the SOJC’s Communications and Media Studies PhD.

Apply Now

Applications are open now! The deadline to apply for the 2023 cohort is February 1, 2023. Scholarship applicants should consider applying by January 1 to ensure an admission decision before the February 15 UO scholarship deadline.

Questions? Reach out to us at sojcgrad@uoregon.edu.

Maria Cano
Unlocking the Secrets of Instagram Success

What does it take to become Insta-famous? Colombian international student Maria Cano ’19 wanted to find out. An avid follower of beauty influencers—Cano, now a digital advertising strategist—leveraged her passion into an innovative master’s thesis analyzing Instagram influencers’ formula for success.

“You have the freedom of choosing classes that are the most fitting to what you want,” she says of the communication and media studies master’s program. “There’s a lot of room to be different.”

Read about Maria's Research

Maria Cano
Unlocking the Secrets of Instagram Success

What does it take to become Insta-famous? Colombian international student Maria Cano ’19 wanted to find out. An avid follower of beauty influencers—Cano, now a digital advertising strategist—leveraged her passion into an innovative master’s thesis analyzing Instagram influencers’ formula for success.

“You have the freedom of choosing classes that are the most fitting to what you want,” she says of the communication and media studies master’s program. “There’s a lot of room to be different.”

Read about Maria's Research

Why Are Female Gamers Flocking to D&D?

In the post-Gamergate era, women represent a growing segment of the gaming community—despite frequent bullying in online spaces. Media studies assistant professor Amanda Cote wants to know why. A gamer herself, Amanda studies gender and representation in video game culture while developing the SOJC’s innovative game studies curriculum. She's also the co-founder of the SOJC's new Esports and Games Research Lab.

 
Study in the Beautiful Pacific Northwest

Named for renowned journalist Eric W. Allen, who founded the SOJC over 100 years ago, Allen Hall sits at the heart of the tree-filled University of Oregon campus in Eugene. In our state-of-the-art classrooms, studios, and collaboration spaces, you’ll get expert guidance from leading researchers and teachers in the field.

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Your Investment

Below are approximate tuition estimates for a typical student in the Communication and Media Studies Master's program. For a customized estimate, use the UO graduate costs calculator. These amounts are subject to change at the university’s discretion.

$37,000
Oregon Residents
$55,000
Nonresident and International

The Communication and Media Studies Master's program is eligible for federal financial aid, graduate employment fellowships, the G.I. Bill, and scholarships.

Keya Saxena

What Our Students Say

The opportunities for intellectual stimulation [at the SOJC are] tremendous. I was lucky to have some meaningful conversations with professors like Gabriela Martínez and Chris Chávez who have played important parts in shaping my academic perspective and thought process…. Leading my own discussion lab and teaching in the final year was a great opportunity [that] seeped into my professional skill set.
Keya Saxena, 2015 master's graduate, PhD candidate in the communication and media studies doctoral program

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