The interdisciplinary program will offer study and training in the social sciences, humanities and applied technologies, building on RIT’s strengths in the liberal arts, digital media and publishing, information technology and e-business.
"We’ve designed a master’s degree that is uniquely positioned among graduate programs in this country," says Bruce Austin, chair of RIT’s communication department and co-chair of the degree task force. "The program draws on RIT’s technical strengths while adding the theoretical perspectives of the social sciences and humanities."
Adds Diane Hope, RIT Kern Professor in Communication and co-chair of the degree task force: "Because the program requires at least three courses in a technical or professional program, the M.S. degree offers students a unique entry into the changing careers in communication."
Career opportunities for graduates savvy in communication needs and outcomes continue to expand in commerce, industry, education, entertainment and government. The graduate program also prepares students to pursue a Ph.D. and an academic career in communication or related fields.
The program—structured for part-time and full-time students—can be completed in four quarters. A required thesis or project provides the opportunity for original research. Assistantships and Kern Fellowships are available.
The master’s degree in communication is the third graduate degree program offered by the CLA, joining existing M.S. programs in school psychology and public policy.
For the past decade, U.S. News and World Report has ranked RIT as one of the nation’s leading comprehensive universities. RIT is also included in Yahoo Internet Life’s Top 100 Wired Universities, Fisk’s Guide to America’s Best Colleges, as well as Barron’s Best Buys in Education.