Master in Comunication Science



Degree: Master in communication sciences
Duration: Four academic semesters
Director: Dr. Jaime Otazo H.
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The University of La Frontera, through its Department of Languages, Literature and Communication, is committed to the training of researchers and specialists with a Master's degree in Communication Sciences capable of addressing the current problems of this discipline and produce new knowledge about this vast domain of studies.
The changes in the forms of communication of the contemporary world transform the dynamics of interaction that make up social life. As the phenomena of communication become more complex, the need for a renewed understanding of them becomes more and more urgent. To achieve this renewal of knowledge about communication, it is necessary to have more and better researchers and scientific training programs that provide future specialists with the necessary elements to address these new communication scenarios and to understand their implications in a systematic way.
The Master's Program in Communication Sciences, created in 1993 within the Department of Languages, Literature and Communication, is one of the most prestigious and most traditional in the country. This program is characterized by its interdisciplinary approach with recognized roots in the domains of Significance Theories (sign systems) and in Communication Theories (production and localized understanding of texts and discourses), and a special concern for phenomena of the mediatization of public space.

Graduate profile

The graduates have solid theoretical-methodological knowledge in communication sciences with an emphasis on a critical approach to semio-discursive and intercultural phenomena. In addition, they are able to formulate and execute research projects in the communication sciences and to adequately inform their progress and results to the scientific community. Also, as specialists in this scientific domain, they are able to transmit and apply this knowledge in both academic and non-academic contexts.
Admission requirements

Graduate Degree and / or Professional Title recognized by the State of Chile, preferably in the field of Communication Sciences

To have the personal and working conditions to attend and fulfill the academic obligations of the Program.
Be willing to work at the reading comprehension level with bibliographic material in other languages, such as English, French or Portuguese.
Submit an application for admission (see documents to be submitted at the end of this document)
Description of studiesThe program consists of 50 credits: 38 credits of Subject studies and 12 of Thesis

1º semester
• Communication theory I /32hrs. 3 Cred.
• Semiotics I / 32hrs. 3 Cred.
• Communication research methodologies/40 hrs. 4 Cred.

2º semester
• Communication theory II / 40 hrs. 4 Cred.
• Semiotics II/ 32 hrs. 3 Cred.
• Theoretical models of communication research/ 32 hrs. 3 Cred.

3º semester
• Theory of communication seminar/ 32 hrs. 3 Cred.
• Semiotics seminar/ 40 hrs. 4 Cred.
• Intercultural studies I/32 hrs. 3 Cred.

4º semester
• Intercultural studies II /32 hrs. 3 Cred.
• Elective of SpecializationI/ 32 hrs. 3 Cred.
• Elective of Specialization II/ 40 hrs. 4 Cred

Thesis /12 Cred.
Degree exam

Note: The program is in the process of being accredited.
Research lines

• Communication in Intercultural Contexts
• Public Speaking
• Participatory Communication
• Legal-Judicial Discourse and Speech of the Press
• Communication and Education
• Communication and Memory
• Visual Communication and Intercultural Contexts
• Semiotics and Socioemesis
• Discourse and Gender
• Discourse and Pragmatics
• Communication and Health
• Communication, Speech and Power
• Political Economy of Information, Communication and Culture
• Epistemology of Communication
• History of Public and Social Communication
• Theory of Mass Communication
• Communication and Third Sector Policies