Colorado has six schools that offer a total of 12 master’s in communication programs, 11 of which are on-campus, and one of which is online. The specializations available to students vary depending on the program they select, but examples of available specializations include communication studies and media management, health communication, and international communication. All the schools listed on this page are non-profit organizations that have been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).
Campus-Based Master’s in Communication Programs in Colorado
Colleges and universities in many major cities within Colorado offer on-campus master’s in communication programs. For example, the University of Colorado’s campuses in Boulder, Colorado Springs, and Denver all offer master’s in communication programs, while Colorado State University at Fort Collins (CSU), University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, and the University of Denver also offer master’s programs in the field.
Students living in the northern area of Colorado have several options for graduate programs in communication. For example, Colorado State University at Fort Collins’ Department of Communication Studies offers a Master of Arts in Communication Studies, with areas of emphasis in Rhetoric and Civic Engagement, Relational and Organizational Communication, and Media and Visual Culture. CSU’s Department of Journalism and Media Communication also offers a Master of Science in Public Communication and Technology that covers topics in communication theories and strategies, digital media tools, and how media and mass communication intersect with other fields such as health, science, government, and public relations.
The University of Northern Colorado offers a Master of Arts in Communication program through its School of Communication. Students have the option to specialize in either Communication Theory or Rhetorical Theory. Courses in the program cover topics such as rhetorical criticism, communication theory, quantitative and qualitative research methods, communication and technology, and interpersonal communication.
In the Denver – Aurora metropolitan area, the University of Colorado Denver, the University of Denver, and CSU Fort Collins all offer master’s programs in communication or communication studies. The University of Colorado Denver’s Department of Communication offers a Master of Arts in Communication that allows students to tailor their course selections to match their individual academic and career interests within communication. Students can choose among lecture and seminar courses in media criticism, writing practicum, organizational communication, communication and national security, and communication research methods.
The University of Denver (DU) offers four different master’s programs in communication through different departments. DU’s Department of Communication Studies offers a Master of Arts in Communication Studies that allows students to explore areas of focus in interpersonal and family communication, culture and communication, and rhetoric and communication ethics. DU’s Department of Media, Film & Journalism Studies offers a Master of Arts in International and Intercultural Communication that provides students with advanced training in global media and communication, intercultural communication, and contemporary and comparative politics. This Department also offers a Master of Arts in Media & Public Communication with specializations in Media & Globalization and Strategic Communication, featuring classes in mass media research and theory, mass media law, digital culture, strategic messaging, and public diplomacy.
DU’s University College (College of Professional and Continuing Studies) offers a Master of Arts in Communication Management with concentrations in Dispute Resolution, Leadership Communication, Learning and Development, Marketing Communication, Organizational Communication, and Public Relations. This program emphasizes critical thinking in communication, professional communication in organizations, and the intersection of communication and society. The program also offers students the option of completing courses on-campus or online.
CSU Fort Collins’ Department of Journalism and Media Communication offers a Master of Communications and Media Management at its Denver Learning Center (DLC). This program includes a combination of weekly classes at the DLC along with elective courses that students complete online. During the program, students learn how to leverage new technologies to craft and disseminate impactful messages for the public, as well as optimize internal and external-facing communications for organizations. They also study the impact that new media technologies have had on society, and ethical issues in media management.
For students who live in Boulder, the University of Colorado Boulder offers a Master of Arts in Communication with focus areas in Organizational Communication, Community and Social Interaction, and Rhetoric and Culture. The Organizational Communication concentration covers organizational structures, the role that communication plays in collaboration and decision-making within organizations, and how organizations form culture and symbolism. The Community and Social Interaction concentration covers the ethnography of communication, communication research methods, public engagement, and communication for community problem solving, while the Rhetoric and Culture concentration focuses on rhetorical criticism, inquiry, and applications to civic community.
Finally, the University of Colorado Colorado Springs offers a Master of Arts in Communication with optional focus areas in Professional (Organizational) Communication and Media Studies. Students also have the option to shape their own focus area through their selection of program electives. The Professional (Organizational) concentration includes courses in organizational communication, leadership, and change, while the Media Studies concentration covers topics in the social effects of media, communication’s role in the empowerment and oppression of cultures, and media criticism.
Online Master’s in Communication Programs in Colorado
At present, only one university in Colorado offers an online master’s in communication program. Online programs can be a viable option for students who cannot commute to campus or do not live in close proximity to a campus-based master’s in communication program (e.g. students residing in Grand Junction, West, South, and Southwest Colorado). Online programs may also offer students the opportunity to explore different specializations not offered by the campus-based programs.
The University of Denver’s University College, College of Professional and Continuing Studies offers an Online Master of Arts in Communication Management with concentration options in Dispute Resolution, Leadership Communication, Learning and Development, Marketing Communication, Organizational Communication, and Public Relations. This program is the same as the campus program which allows students to complete some or all of their coursework online.
In addition to the University of Denver’s online master’s in communication program, several out-of-state online master’s in communication programs accept applications from Colorado residents. Prospective students of these programs should note that some online programs require attendance at one or more on-campus intensives during the program. These campus intensives, which aim to give students the opportunity to interact with course faculty and to engage in hands-on learning experiences, can vary in length and frequency depending on the program. Please visit our Online Master’s in Communication Programs page for more information.
Master’s in Communication Programs in Colorado
Colorado State University - Fort Collins(Fort Collins)
Master of Science in Public Communication & Technology (with Specializations in Health Communication, Environmental Communication, Agricultural Communication, Science Communication, New Communication Technologies, Journalism (including Print, Broadcast, and Web Media), and Strategic Communication (including Public Relations and Advertising))
University of Colorado Boulder(Boulder)
University of Colorado Colorado Springs(Colorado Springs)
University of Colorado Denver(Denver)
University of Denver(Denver)
Master of Arts in International & Intercultural Communication (with Specializations in Global Health Communication, Global Environment, Human Rights, International Administration, International Politics, Media Practices & Production, Global & Multicultural Strategic Communication (Non-Profit or Corporate), and Media, Globalization and Culture)
- Interview with Magdelana Red, Ph.D. - University of Denver
Online Master of Arts in Communication Management (with Concentrations in Dispute Resolution, Leadership Communication, Learning and Development, Marketing Communication, Organizational Development, and Public Relations)
Interview with Magdelana Red, Ph.D. - University of Denver
University of Northern Colorado(Greeley)