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Prospective Students

Letter from the Director of Graduate Studies

In a historical moment characterized by political polarization, economic inequality, and cultural division, no discipline is better able to mine the complexities of contemporary culture and offer new ways of framing familiar, persistent problems than Communication and Media. Drawing on the resources of one of the best universities in the world, our department is among the leaders in the field. We take graduate student education seriously, offering students five years of support alongside an assortment of opportunities for intellectual mentorship, research development, and professional preparation.

Our graduate program is internationally recognized in several areas of teaching and research, including Critical Media Studies, Media Psychology, and Political Communication. Because we encourage students to choose the methods and topics that best suit their areas of interest, they receive broad training in a range of both quantitative and critical/cultural methods and traditions. Thus, the program offers a solid foundation in Communication and Media while also permitting students to design an individualized program of study. In fact, graduate students have opportunities to develop research projects with mentorship from faculty members beginning in the very first year of the program. We are deeply proud of our current students and alumni, whose research accomplishments, teaching expertise, and service commitments have made them successful in a wide variety of pursuits within the academy and beyond. Finally, the University of Michigan is a bustling, dynamic place, and Ann Arbor is consistently ranked one of the best places in the country to live. Between the two, life here features a fabulous diversity of events and activities, both scholarly and otherwise.

On behalf of the Department of Communication and Media at the University of Michigan, we look forward to working with you!

Hollis Griffin
Associate Professor
Associate Chair for Graduate Studies, Communication and Media
University of Michigan