Dear Prospective Master's Student:
Thank you for your interest in the M.A. Program in Communication at the University of New Mexico.
I'd like to take a moment to describe why you should consider UNM's Master's program in Communication. First, the Department of Communication and Journalism enjoys a national reputation for providing a balanced graduate program leading to the M.A degree. We offer coursework in the following areas: intercultural communication, health communication, rhetorical communication, environmental communication, mass communication, interpersonal communication, and organizational communication. A recent survey conducted by the National Communication Association ranked our program in intercultural communication as third best in the country.
Second, we have a collegial department with an excellent faculty who rank among the top in communication in research and publication. You would have ample opportunities to work with the faculty members on projects to gain valuable experience. We also have excellent master's students from around the country and world who work together and encourage each other. Additionally, your advisor will work with you to design a program of studies to meet your needs. The department has strong institutional ties with cross-disciplinary graduate programs in public health, Latin American studies, and UNM's Interdisciplinary Film and Digital Media program, and offers a political media internship in Washington, DC.
Third, we are able to assist you with your financial needs. We have several teaching assistantships for M.A. students which include a stipend, a waiver of out-of-state tuition fees, and health insurance. The specific details are available in the assistantships section on the web and in the packet. There are also scholarships and fellowships available from the university described in the assistantships section.
Fourth, our graduates get jobs. Our M.A. graduates work in a variety of industries including mass media, advertising, business, high-tech industries, education, and research. Over the past five years, almost all our graduates are employed in their chosen area. The M.A. program prepares you for a career in academia or in other professional fields. We help you to find the type of institution that will best meet your career goals.
Fifth, we have a flexible program to meet your needs. If you are working full-time, you'll be happy to hear that our classes are taught in the late afternoons and evenings to accommodate your schedules. We also offer you opportunities to work on projects related to your work place. If you are a full-time student, you'll have ample opportunities for exciting projects that can lead to a career (e.g., teaching, research projects, internships). Regardless of whether you are a part-time or full-time student, we'll help you design a program of studies to meet your needs.
Sixth, the length of the program is ideal. For a full-time student, the program is two years -- one and a half years of coursework and half of a year for your final project (the program is three years for a part-time student taking two courses per semester). The program is long enough to enable you to gain a strong foundation in communication theory and research, but also short enough to finish quickly and "get on with your life."
Finally, the city of Albuquerque and state of New Mexico offer a number of unique advantages. New Mexico is a multicultural state (one of only two states in the U.S. with ethnic pluralities -- Hawaii is the other) and the opportunity to study intercultural communication in the field is limitless. Additionally, Albuquerque is the largest city in New Mexico and thus there are a number of health organizations, television and radio stations, and businesses to access. And, the locale is wonderful. We have more than 340 days of sunshine, mild winters, miles of recreational trails in the city, mountains within 30 minutes, and beautiful sunsets.
Please call us at (505) 277-5305, or e-mail Dr. Judith Hendry (M.A.). We can put you in contact with some of the current graduate students if you'd like to ask them questions. Let us know if you prefer a hard copy of the information and we can send that to you. Please be aware that our application deadline is January 15 for fall admission.
Thank you again for your interest in our program.
The Department of Communication and Journalism at the University of New Mexico enjoys a national reputation for providing a balanced graduate program leading to the Master of Arts degree in Communication. Typically 60 to 70 students are enrolled in the program at any one time (30 Master's and 40 Doctoral). This provides a program large enough to have a variety of communication interests, but small enough to receive individual attention (a 1-to-4 ratio of faculty to graduate students with an average seminar size of 10-15). Many M.A. graduates enter, or return to, professions in business, the mass media, research, education, and other fields, while some M.A. graduates enter doctoral programs. We offer flexibility in the M.A. program so that you can design a program to best fit your needs.
You can work closely with faculty advisers to design a program of study suitable to your interests and goals. While completing core courses in communication theory and research methodology, you may concentrate your studies in one or two of the following areas: organizational communication, rhetoric, intercultural communication, culture and mass communication, culture and health communication, or even something else that you and your adviser agree upon.
MA Program Contacts:
Dr. Judith Hendry, Director of the M.A. program