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Prospective Students

Congratulations on making the wise decision to learn more about becoming a graduate student in the Department of Communication Arts and Sciences at Penn State!  Our program offers M.A. and Ph.D. degrees, with an emphasis on preparing Ph.D. students for successful careers both inside and outside the academy.  Our graduate alumni include scholars who have shaped the discipline of communication studies, and many of our more recent graduates hold faculty positions at outstanding universities and colleges. 

You can learn more about our program by exploring frequently asked questions related to the topics below.  If you have a question that isn’t answered here, please email us at

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What funding is available to support graduate students?