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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.

Our Graduate Degrees

M.A. Programs

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

Emphasis Areas:

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

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

Dual Degree M.A. Programs

M.A. in Corporate Communication and
M.S. in Media Arts and Technology
(54 cr.)

M.A. in Corporate Communication and
M.A. in Pastoral Ministry
 (48 cr.)

M.A. in Rhetoric & Philosophy of Communication and
M.A. in Pastoral Ministry
(48 cr.)

*Both the M.A. in Communication (30 cr.) and the Online M.A. in Corporate 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 in the Public Sphere
  • Corporate Communication
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Integrated Marketing Communication
  • Rhetoric of Technology