University of Wisconsin–Madison

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Communication Arts

6112 Vilas Communication Hall
821 University Ave
Madison WI 53706
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Program contact: Beth Horstmeier
Phone: 608-262-3398
Fax: 608-262-9953
Email: bhorstmeier@wisc.edu

Face-to-Face Evening/weekend1 Online2 Hybrid3 Accelerated4 Add'l assistantship and/or enrollment policy5
Admitting Degree(s):
Ph.D.
M.A.

About the Communication Arts Program

The Department of Communication Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has long been one of the world's leading centers for study and research in communication. It was the first department in the United States to award a Ph.D. degree in the field, and its graduates serve on the faculties of leading universities, in research institutions, and in public and private agencies throughout this country and abroad.

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Additional Policy

Incoming M.A. students are generally offered 5 academic years (fall semester and spring semester) of support in the form of Teaching Assitantships, Project Assistantships, and Fellowships. Incoming Ph.D. students are generally offered 3 years of support. This support includes a stipend, tuition remission, and benefits.

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1 These programs are offered in an evening and/or weekend format to accommodate working schedules. Enjoy the advantages of on-campus courses and personal connections, while keeping your day job. For more information about the meeting schedule of a specific program, contact the program.

2 These programs are offered primarily online. Many available online programs can be completed almost entirely online with all online programs offering at least 50 percent or more of the program work online. Some online programs have an on-campus component that is often designed to accommodate working schedules. Take advantage of the convenience of online learning while participating in a rich, interactive learning environment. For more information about the online nature of a specific program, contact the program.

3 These programs have innovative curricula that combine on-campus and online formats. Most hybrid programs are completed on-campus with a partial or completely online semester. For more information about the hybrid schedule of a specific program, contact the program.

4 These on-campus programs are offered in an accelerated format that allows you to complete your program in a condensed time-frame. Enjoy the advantages of on-campus courses with minimal disruption to your career. For more information about the accelerated nature of a specific program, contact the program.

5 Students in most on-campus graduate programs are eligible for assistantships. Please look carefully at the additional policies listed above for more information about the specific assistantship and enrollment policies for the program. Contact the program with any questions.