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College of Media, Communication and Information

Boulder, CO


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University of Colorado Boulder Graduate School Overview

Established in 1876, CU Boulder lies in the heart of the city and produces some of the best and brightest in these fields. University of Colorado Boulder’s talented faculty, students and alumni are leading the way for the next generation by inspiring inventive, humanitarian and social enterprises around Colorado, the U.S. and the world. 

CU Boulder is Top 3% worldwide for scholarly research citations and consists of 12 research institutes and 75 research centers.

There are currently over 5,700 graduate students from over 100 countries enrolled at CU Boulder Graduate School. As one of the nation’s top-ranked Tier 1 research institutions, CU Boulder Graduate School offers more than 190 graduate programs across seven colleges and schools. 

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Explanation of Key Facts at University of Colorado Boulder: College of Media, Communication, and Information

CMCI offers forward-thinking programs that equip students with the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to impact the ways people communicate, and to do so as dynamic and innovative communicators. 

Their programs explore how to communicate and tell stories through data, words, strategy and evolving forms of media. Each degree prepares students to be leaders in their ever-changing information society.

Students are offered the option of 6 master’s degrees, 7 doctoral degrees and 2 graduate certificates. The school has the largest collection of functioning media from the early 20th century through the 21st century in North America.

Majors and Degree Offerings at University of Colorado Boulder: College of Media, Communication, and Information

The College of Media, Communication, & Information offers students a full range of disciplines. These studies include:

Communication, Emergent Technologies and Media Art Practices, Information Science, Interdisciplinary Documentary Media Practices, Intermedia Art, Writing and Performance, Journalism, Journalism Entrepreneurship, Media and Public Engagement, Media Research and Practice, and Strategic Communication Design. 

Further details about each discipline can be found.

CU Boulder Graduate School has produced 5 Nobel Laureates, 9 MacArthur ‘genius grant’  fellows and has been ranked Top 15 public university for entrepreneurship (U.S. News & World Report, 2019). 

There are 850+ visiting international scholars and CU Boulder Graduate School is listed as Top 30 in the world in education (Academic Ranking of World Universities, 2018). CU Boulder Graduate School is one of only 34 public research universities in the Association of American Universities. The school is proud to have 51 Fulbright fellows since 2006 and 20 Rhodes scholars.

Admissions at CU Boulder Graduate School

Admission to CU Boulder Graduate School will be considered once all material is received, including letters of reference. Deadlines vary by program type and materials are due on their respective date at 10pm MST. Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, or have done work equivalent to that required for such a degree.

Applicants must show promise of ability to pursue advanced study and research, as judged by the student’s scholastic record and have adequate preparation to enter graduate study in the chosen field. Applicants should have at least a 2.75 (2.00=C) undergraduate grade point average. 

Further information can be found on the CU Boulder Graduate School page.

CU Boulder Graduate School: Costs and Financial Aid

CU Boulder Graduate School offers fellowships, teaching and research assistantships, and training grants to eligible students. To learn more about financial assistance, contact the department to which you are applying.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Master of Arts (MA)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Master's Degrees 35
Doctoral Degrees 10

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? No
Evening/weekend programs available? No
Distance learning programs available? No
Terminal master's degree available? Yes

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirement
Master's Degrees Entrance Exam GRE General Test
Comp Exam Required
Thesis Alternate accepted
Doctoral Degrees Entrance Exam GRE General Test
Comp Exam Required
Thesis Required


Acceptance Rate



Application Fee - Domestic
Application Fee - International
applications accepted?
Applications processed
on a rolling basis?

Entrance Requirements

Exam Details
Master's Degree Exam GRE General Test
Master's Degree Requirements Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75
Doctoral Degree Exam GRE General Test
Doctoral Degree Requirements Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.2, graduate 3.5

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

Financial award applicants must submit: FAFSA
Application deadlines for financial awards March 1
Types of financial support available Research Assistantships
Teaching Assistantships
Health Care Benefits
Institutionally-sponsored Loans
Scholarship and/or loans
Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

Total Graduate Students
International Breakout (representing other countries)


Hispanic/Latino 6.85%
Black or African American 2.05%
White or Caucasian 67%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 2.74%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 1.37%
Unknown 8.22%


Male (38%)
Female (61%)


Total faculty
Full-time - 67
Part-time - 0
Male (31)
Female (36)


Focus of faculty research: Mass communication/media; communications; journalism; electronic media; culture
Externally sponsored research expenditures last year: 0

Location & Contact

Address 3100 Marine Street
Boulder, CO  80309
United States

Phone: 303-492-1411
University of Colorado Boulder