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Welcome to graduate study in the College of Communication and Information at the University of Tennessee. The college offers three graduate degrees:

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Communication and Information
  • Master of Science in Communication and Information
  • Master of Science in Information Sciences

All three degrees combine a solid grounding in theory and methods with an understanding of key professions served by the college. Graduates have gone on to successful careers in academe, government, industry, and other organizations.  

The college came together in its current configuration in 2002. It is made up of four schools: Advertising and Public Relations, Communication Studies, Information Sciences, and Journalism and Electronic Media. Each of the disciplines housed within these schools has a distinguished history on the University of Tennessee campus. The beneficial synergy of bringing all of these programs together into a single college is most apparent at the graduate level where students are encouraged to explore the diverse traditions in the college.

Our Vision: The University of Tennessee’s College of Communication and Information will become a world-renowned center for innovative learning, scholarship, and societal engagement with particular emphasis on the following communication and information areas: 

  • science, technology and health
  • international and intercultural communication and information
  • law, policy and ethics
  • knowledge/organizational management

The primary aspiration of the College can be summarized in a single word: Excellence. The College of Communication and Information continues to strive for a level of excellence as reflected in international, national, and regional rankings. Each unit in the College will further its endeavors to become recognized as a program of excellence internationally, nationally, and regionally for the caliber of its research/creative activity, teaching and service.

Our Mission: The College of Communication and Information is a community of scholars and creators devoted to the study of communication and information and their related processes and technologies. This mission is achieved through excellence in research/creative activity, teaching and service. The College also shares the values of diversity, international and intercultural awareness, engagement and other core ideals of the University of Tennessee in the Land-Grant tradition.

Values: The college is committed to diversity and fosters a sense of collegiate and social community. The culture of the college includes an emphasis on the legal and ethical responsibilities of access to information and the exercise of expression in a democratic society. The college also promotes new knowledge creation through research and creative activities.

Teaching: The college serves the general education goals of increasing awareness of the importance of communication and information in the contemporary world and improving personal skills in communication, critical thinking, information analysis, and evaluation. It serves the professional goals of preparing graduate and undergraduate students for careers in the communication and information professions. It serves the academic goals of preparing students to become leaders and to pursue future academic study and research.

Research and Creative Activities: The college advances knowledge in the fields of communication and information sciences by the efforts of its faculty, staff, and students, often in collaboration with colleagues in other disciplines and at other institutions.

Service: The college provides its expertise to the campus, to professional disciplines, and to the public through regional, national, and international service.