Reese Phifer

Graduate Students

Our graduate programs prepare students for future leadership and workplace management, innovative research, and strategic communication.

Choose from our five programs, led by award-winning faculty, and produce work that expands and diversifies communication and information science.

It's your story. We're here to help you tell it.


Master’s Programs

Advertising & Public Relations

Study communication theories, current research trends and advanced practical techniques designed to equip you for the multi-faceted roles of advertising and public relations professionals.

Learn more

Book Arts

One of three programs of its kind in the country, MFA Book Arts students learn the technical skills required for contemporary bookmaking while developing an understanding of the historical evolution of the book, its materiality and its role in society.

Learn more

Communication Studies

Learn to analyze, construct and manage strategic communication while broadening your understanding of the various functions of human communication.

Learn more

Journalism & Media Studies

Study and think critically about journalism from a variety of scholarly approaches. Choose between the one-year, professional community journalism option or the two-year, research option.

Learn more

Library & Information Studies

With a program that ranks top 30 in the United States, study the uses, organization and management of information in the digital age and explore the role information plays in personal, educational and organizational contexts.

Learn more

UA Online

C&IS also offers online degree options for current professionals looking to further their education while working, including programs in:

Doctoral Program

The doctoral program prepares students for top positions as researchers, scholars and thought leaders in academia, industry or government. Taking a multidisciplinary approach, PhD candidates work alongside world leaders in the field to develop research proficiency, breadth and a depth of knowledge. 

Design your own study plan or select one of several concentrations.

Learn more

Schedule a Tour

If you are new to Tuscaloosa, the University hosts student-led tours to get a closer look at UA’s campus and facilities. If you cannot make it to an in-person visit, they also offer virtual tours and information sessions.


To view requirements, deadlines, and submission links for applying to Graduate School, please see the link below.


C&IS empowers students to write, speak, design, film and explore through scholarships and awards.


Advisors are assigned during the first week of class each semester. Graduate students, or undergraduates with more than 60 earned hours, are assigned to a faculty advisor in their department. Students advised by a faculty advisor should e-mail them to discuss signing up for an advising time slot.

You can find your advisor’s name at the top of DegreeWorks, located in the Students tab in myBama. If an advisor isn’t listed, visit Tisch Student Services for help.


More than 400 C&IS students participate in internships each year, nationally and internationally. Meet employers, get interview experience and grow your resume.


Experience the world of communication through study abroad programs around the world and learn practical skills through offices and programs like The Speaking Studio and The Writing Center.

Industry Immersion

Experience the industry’s top cities and meet leaders in their offices. Get a feel for what it’s like to live and work in your dream career.  

Career Services

Meet with the C&IS Career Center to discuss your interests, values and skills and to begin career planning. Participate in mock interviews and resume critiques and gain access to UA’s job search database, Handshake. 


The University of Alabama awards degrees in May, August and December. To see dates and times for upcoming graduation ceremonies, see the Academic Calendar.

Click the links below to learn more about graduation application requirements and Commencement.

Contact Your Program

Got questions? C&IS is here to help.