Graduate Degree Program Summary

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Graduate Degrees Offered

  • M.A.
Specializations - what's a specialization?
  • Integrated Media Communications
  • Media Studies
  • Professional Journalism

Distance Education Opportunities

M.A. with these specializations:
  • Integrated Media Communications
  • Media Studies
  • Professional Journalism

Journalism and Mass Communications

Application Checklist and Deadlines

Required by the Office of Graduate Studies

See also: steps to admission.

Required by Journalism and Mass Communications in GAMES

After you apply, allow one business day for us to establish your access to GAMES, where you'll complete these departmental requirements:

  • Entrance exam(s): GRE (Competitive scores: Upper half of percentile range on Verbal; 4.5 on Analytical Writing)
  • Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 600, Internet TOEFL 100
  • Three recommendation letters (at least two should be academic references)
  • Statement of goals and objectives
  • Resume
  • Electronic portfolio of work

Application Deadline

Fall or Spring Admission
   Fall: February 1   Spring: September 1
Summer Admission
   Not available; summer applications are not accepted.

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The College of Journalism and Mass Communications offers a Master of Arts degree with specializations available in media studies, professional journalism, and integrated media communications (IMC). Applicants seeking admission to the IMC program will be required to complete a basic statistics course if they have not taken one as a part of their undergraduate coursework.

The master's degree is designed to build or enhance professional knowledge, skills, and leadership in journalism and mass communications. The program is designed to accommodate the needs of students with an undergraduate degree in a journalism and mass communications; journalism, advertising, public relations, marketing and education professionals; or students with careers and undergraduate degrees in areas other than journalism and mass communications. Applicants with an undergraduate major in an area of study other than journalism and mass communications, or students with little or no professional related experience may be required to complete undergraduate journalism and mass communications courses.

All of the specializations are available by distance education. The college offers synchronous (real-time) and asynchronous (flexible) distance courses, all of which are interactive. The synchronous courses are interactive between campus and distance students, and typically meet one evening a week. Overall, the program's interdisciplinary curriculum combines up-to-date knowledge with practical application and individualized experience.

Courses and More

Students in Journalism and Mass Communications are most likely to take courses in: See also: Course Catalog in the Graduate Bulletin.

Students will work with an advisor to create a Program of Studies or Memorandum of Courses during the first half of their coursework.

Faculty and Research

Audio Production and Documentaries; Commercial Production; Radio Station Operations and Management
News Design; Editing; History
Reporting; Editing
Editing; Freedom of Expression; Depth Reporting
     Journalism, Associate Dean
Online Community, Children and New Media Advertising, New Models for New Media
Editing; Reporting; New Media
Writing and reporting; ethics and issues
Broadcast News
Strategic Communication
     Advertising & Public Relations
Global Advertising, Cross-Cultural Communication, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
     Advertising & Public Relations, Sequence Head
Non-Profit Organizations; Strategic Communications
     Advertising & Public Relations
Digital Media; Media Strategy; Integrated Marketing Communications; Data and Analytics
     Advertising & Public Relations
Digital news distribution, news and social networking, entrepreneurship and innovation in the news and information industry
Crisis Communication; Reputation Management; Health Communication; Global Public Relations
     Advertising & Public Relations
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Entrepreneurship; Management; Leadership; Diversity
Public Relations; Integrated Marketing Communication; Writing and Video Production
     Advertising & Public Relations
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Convergence Reporting and New Media
Advertising; Creating effective messages to underrepresented groups, ethical issues and assessment of student learning
Visual Literacy
     Advertising & Public Relations
Beat Reporting
Advanced Reporting; Documentary; Audio Production
     Journalism, Sequence Head
Audience Analysis; Media Effects; Impact of New Media; Research Methods
     Advertising & Public Relations
Investigative Reporting
Trend Research; Youth Consumer Behavior; Language and Culture; Public Health
     Advertising & Public Relations
Law and Policy; Production
     Journalism; Graduate Chair
Newspaper Photography; Picture Editing
Research and strategy, public relations, social justice, and global advertising
Interactive Media; UX Design and Development; Creative Strategy, Instructional Technology
     Advertising & Public Relations
Reporting; Producing; Management of Radio and Television Stations
Social Media; Mobile Communication; Political Communication
     Advertising & Public Relations
Utopian communities, Chinese attitudes toward journalism
Reporting; Editing

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