M.A. in Communication - Message from the Director

Dear Prospective Student,

In your own personal and professional experience, you have corroborated the centrality of communication to every aspect of life. Now that you are considering graduate studies, our Master’s program invites you to gain specialized knowledge in communication with the help of our comprehensive curriculum and our experienced faculty.

Being a good communicator requires not only practical skills but also, and perhaps more importantly, an ability to discern underlying processes affecting all levels of human interaction: interpersonal, organizational, mediated, and intercultural.

A graduate degree in communication must go beyond current trends and technologies to cultivate students’ capabilities to adapt to a constantly changing field. This is, precisely, our program’s focus.

We offer both applied knowledge and in-depth exploration of broader “big picture” questions, to help you distinguish fad and contingency from substance and essence in these complex times.

Grounded on Jesuit values of social justice, as well as on the liberal arts tradition of multidisciplinary inquiry, our program equips students with a solid theoretical, and methodological, and ethical foundation. This, in turn, allows students to pursue their individual interests within communication  (including choices of courses in our department and in other graduate programs at Fairfield University), under the close guidance of a faculty mentor.

We welcome you to find out more about us and the multiple, fascinating possibilities that a career in communication opens for you.

Michael Pagano, PhD
Program Director

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