Master's Degree in the Communication of Science and Culture


Program Description

This master's degree program forms specialized professionals in the field of the public communication of science and culture, and in sociocultural studies in general. Professionals capable of influencing the development and democratization of these fields through research, design, planning, management, and specialized interventions.

Our Master's Degree is registered on the National Registry of Quality Graduate Programs of the National Science and Technology Council (CONACYT) as a program of "International Competence," which allows us to offer scholarships to our enrolled students. The process to obtain the CONACYT scholarship is done at ITESO in the last week of August 2015, once students have enrolled.

With this academic program, ITESO makes a social contribution to the generation of discussion and critical assessment about new technologies, the media, scientific development, and different cultural expressions, as well as the interconnections of these elements within a community.

The increasing contribution of our students' research and academic production to address regional and national issues, as well as the involvement of the program's graduates in the professional field, has allowed us to maintain the program's outstanding evolution, which made it the first ITESO program to be listed on the National Registry of Quality Graduate Programs.

Candidate profile

Professionals with a degree from undergraduate programs in the Social Sciences, Humanities, Exact and Natural Sciences, or students who are interested in giving their professional activity a sociocultural perspective and a sense of transformation through the practice of communication as a strategic element for social impact.

Professionals capable of establishing connections within the public arena through the study, analysis, and research of reality.

General Competencies

The emphasis of the program is on each student's particular project. The courses and their content are meant to contribute to the development and completion of the students' research project in the social field of their choosing. Thus, the general competencies that students will develop are:

  • The ability to construct and reconstruct conceptual representations that allow them to systematically justify critical analyses and practical diagnoses of concrete sociocultural situations from a sociocultural perspective.
  • The ability to pose problems and design approaches to sociocultural phenomena in which communication - understood as a social production of meaning - can be identified as a factor for the democratization of practices, institutional systems, as well as knowledge in the social environment.
  • The ability to substantiate pertinent decision-making in knowledge production scenarios, in order to generate explanations or to develop management and intervention strategies related to institutional practices or systems of knowledge generation.

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Reasons to study this degree program

  • The program is listed on the National Registry of Quality Graduate Programs of the National Science and Technology Council (CONACYT, in its initials in Spanish), accredited as a "Consolidated Program"
  • The only degree program in Mexico specializing in the communication of science and culture.
  • The most prestigious private university in the region in the generation of knowledge in the fields of social sciences, communication, and culture.
  • Nationally and internationally renowned professors-researchers with extensive publications.
  • ITESO has one of the country's most important libraries in the social sciences and humanities.
  • Documentation Center of the National Council for the Teaching and Research of Communication Sciences (Coneicc, in its initials in Spanish), the country's largest specialized bibliographic collection in communication studies, with more than 10,000 listed documents.
  • The Master's Degree Program is a member of the Mexican Society for the Dissemination of Science and Technology (Somedicyt, in its initials in Spanish), and the Network for the Popularization of Science and Technology for Latin America and the Caribbean (Red-pop).

ITESO offers a variety of specializations, master's degrees and PhDs that will help you be a better professional and interact with outstanding members of the academy, civil organizations, the government, and the private sector. We have more researchers listed on the National System of Researchers than any other private university in western Mexico, and many of our graduate programs are recognized by the National Registry of Quality Graduate Programs.

ITESO graduate programs give you access networks of knowledge in which researchers, experts, and students work together on academic, professional, social, cultural and economic projects. By studying at ITESO, you will get a closer look to the work of renowned academics who put human values at the center of their work; they are interested in making relevant contributions to knowledge and offering viable solutions to specific problems. For these reasons, ITESO is recognized as the most important private university in western Mexico.

Our professors are experts in their fields; they lead projects in collaboration with other academics, from both ITESO and other universities; they actively participate in collaboration and research projects, and are committed to the values and foundations of our educational project.

In addition, our university belongs to the Jesuit University System, a group of universities that has the most programs listed on the National Registry of Quality Graduate Programs (PNPC, in its initials in Spanish) of the National Science and Technology Council (CONACYT, in its initials in Spanish) in the private education sector.

Graduate profile

Graduates will be capable of:

  • Influencing the democratization of science and culture through research, design, planning, and professional interventions.
  • Researching about scientific and cultural communication in order to produce new theoretical, methodological, and empirical knowledge about the object, its dimensions, and concrete manifestations.
  • Connecting with other institutional agents to develop systems for scientific research and cultural creation, through dissemination and the exchange of products and services.
  • Participating in scientific and cultural communication activities from a sociocultural perspective and contributing to the creation and development of a scientific and humanistic culture in society.

Study plan

The Master's degree program is made up of 98 credits, equivalent to 13 courses of 3 hours a week, which can be taken in 4 semesters on a full-time schedule or in up to 8 semesters on a part-time schedule. Full-time students must take 4 courses per semester. They must also devote a minimum of 3 additional hours a week per course for reading assignments and written papers.

The current academic program is structured in: Fundamentals; Research, Development, and Innovation (RDI); and Electives.

Courses can be taken in any order, except for the project area, which has serialized courses. Students are required to take:

  • 5 Fundamentals courses.
  • 6 Research, Development and Innovation courses (RDI).
  • As Electives, each student can choose one of three courses from the Line of Generation and Application of Knowledge (LGAK) that focuses specifically on the topic of their research project. They can also choose two elective courses from the ITESO graduate program curricular catalog or from other institutions of an equivalent level.

Fundamental Courses

  • Communication, Science, and Culture
  • Social theory
  • Sociocultural Theory of Communication
  • Public Communication of Science and Culture
  • In-depth Seminar on Communication, Science and Culture

Research, Development, and Innovation (RDI)

  • Social Research Methods
  • Sociocultural Research Methodology
  • Thesis Project I
  • Thesis Project II
  • Thesis Project III
  • Thesis Project IV


  • Elective I
  • Elective II

Last updated Sep 2019

About the School

ITESO is the Jesuit University of Guadalajara. Founded in 1957, it belongs to a network of over 228 Jesuit universities around the world. They all share a 450-year-old tradition of Jesuit education, a ... Read More

ITESO is the Jesuit University of Guadalajara. Founded in 1957, it belongs to a network of over 228 Jesuit universities around the world. They all share a 450-year-old tradition of Jesuit education, a tradition that has historically been at the center of the world thought, known for educating leaders in all the fields of science and art. Read less