Our Programs

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Undergraduate Programs

Students can apply to major in either Journalism and Mass Communication or Political Communication. Both programs offer a critical mix of theory and practice to understand the rapidly evolving media environment. We also offer a minor in Journalism and Mass Communication.

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Graduate Programs

Our graduate programs prepare students for the evolving communications landscape with a combination of core courses in theory and media skills. Students develop a tailored foundation for careers in advocacy, government, media relations, public opinion, journalism or academia.

Andrew Desiderio

Andrew Desiderio

Class of 2017
Major: Journalism & Mass Communication

I knew I wanted to be a reporter and I thought the best place to cover politics would be at a school that teaches it in the intersection of media and government. 

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Student-Professor Byline Makes The Washington Post Front Page

SMPA professor Debbie Cenziper and graduate student Scott Nover garnered bylines on The Washington Post front page. It is the second time this year that Cenziper and SMPA students had bylines on The Post's A1.

Our Headlines

Howard Opinsky

National Council Member Named President of Five Blocks

March 05, 2018
Alumnus and National Council member Howard Opinsky will provide strategic counsel to clients and lead growth and expansion at the fast-growing digital reputation consulting and technology firm.
Kara Zupkus

Breaking News at the Washington Examiner

February 13, 2018
My reporting was featured on the Washington Examiner front page for several hours and tweeted by several political figures — something I could have only dreamed of as a journalism student.
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Putting Classroom Skills into Action at a Global Public Relations Firm

February 27, 2018
The Finn Partners fellowship program gives SMPA graduate students the opportunity to gain real-world experience at a leading public relations firm.
David Ensor and General Paul J. Selva

Bringing Journalists and National Security Officials Face-to-Face

February 26, 2018
Since launching in August 2017, the Project for Media and National Security has benefited from and enriched its home at the School of Media and Public Affairs.

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