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Thank you for your interest in the graduate program in Communication Arts and Sciences at Penn State University. The information here is intended for prospective and current students, Penn State alumni, and anyone interested in our nationally ranked program. Our department is comprised of graduate faculty, students, lecturers, and staff who investigate the full range of human communication.

The department's graduate program focuses on theories of and research about communication and rhetoric, with particular attention to political deliberation, health communication, interpersonal communication, public address and the rhetoric of public culture, and how communication influences individual development, family dynamics, and social interaction. The department also maintains strong relationships to graduate programs in Sociology, English, History, Women's Studies, Philosophy, and the related fields of Media Studies, Journalism, and Public Relations.

We place our MA and Ph.D. graduates at prestigious research and liberal arts institutions by partnering with students to enhance their knowledge, as well as their skills of instruction, applied research, and theory building.

If you would like more information about our graduate program or the admissions process, please direct your email to: We are proud of our department's history and accomplishments, but we also are committed to building an even brighter future. We look forward to hearing from you.


Jeremy David Engels
Associate Professor and Graduate Director
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Department of Communication Arts and Sciences
234 Sparks Building
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: (814) 865-3461
Fax: (814) 863-7986

Kirt H. Wilson
Associate Professor and Graduate Director
(814) 865-1985

Matt Lahrman
Graduate Admissions
(814) 865-5558

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