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Communication Division

Graduate Programs

Communication Graduate Program


Welcome to the Communication and Media Production Graduate Programs' website. Aspiring communication professors, filmmakers, corporate managers, public relations and advertising executives and strategic thinkers . . . we can help you reach your goals!  Our selective programs provide a learning environment in which graduate students develop close relationships with mentoring faculty who are leaders in their disciplines and professions. An MA or MS in Communication, or an MA in Media Production from Pepperdine is an excellent way to further your education and dreams.

  • The Master of Arts in Communication equips students to synthesize existing knowledge into a new research question that can be explored using a variety of research methods. Our MA graduates routinely gain admission to the best PhD programs in the country. This degree requires the completion of one concentration (3 courses) in addition to the Communication graduate core courses, and the successful defense of a research thesis (6 units).
  • The Master of Science in Communication advances students’ understanding of communication and their ability to apply that expertise; employers consistently list communication as the top skill they look for in applicants. The program requires the completion of two concentrations (6 courses) in addition to the Communication graduate core, and the successful completion of written and oral comprehensive examinations.
  • The Master of Arts in Media Production equips students with the knowledge and skills to share compelling narratives with a variety of audiences through cinema, television, radio, the Internet, tablets and wireless devices, and social media. You’ll study under some of the industry’s top producers, directors, technicians and executives. The Media Production master’s degree requires the completion of six media core classes and a variety of knowledge and skills classes tailored to your individual creative interests.  The student must also successfully complete an adjudicated graduate project and written explanation.

Please take some time to look through the addtional information about each program listed on the left side of the page, or email Judith Tapper in the Communication Division Graduate Programs office for more information (

                                                               Denise P. Ferguson, PhD, APR

                                                               Graduate Chair