Journalism and Mass Communications

Graduate Degree Program Summary

Graduate programs offered

Earn a Graduate Degree

  • MA in Journalism and Mass Communications (30-36 cr, Option I, II, or III) with optional specialization:
    • Integrated Media Communications
    • Professional Journalism
Areas of Study

These informal areas of focus may help to shape your course of study but they will not appear on transcripts.

  • Advertising
  • Public Relations

Earn a Graduate Certificate

Certificates have their own deadlines and checklists; select one for details.

Online and Distance Opportunities

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

Other programs:
Some online coursework may be available for your program; contact dept. for details.

Contacts for Journalism and Mass Communications

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Integrated Media Communications
Professional Journalism

Graduate Chair
Jemalyn Griffin

Graduate Student Services Coordinator
Carly Morse

Campus Address
147 Andersen Hall
Lincoln NE 68588-0443

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Application checklist and deadlines

1. Required by Graduate Studies

2. Required by Journalism and Mass Communications

  • Entrance exam(s): none
  • Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 600, Internet TOEFL 100, IELTS 6.5
  • Three recommendation letters (at least two should be academic references)
  • Statement of goals and objectives
  • Resume
  • Electronic portfolio of work

When sending GRE or TOEFL scores, our institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed.

Application Deadlines for Journalism and Mass Communications
  • July 1 for Fall. October 1 for Spring. March 1 for Summer.

Application/admission is for entry in a specific term and year. Our academic year is divided into 3 terms: Fall (August-December), Spring (January-May), and Summer (multiple sessions May-August). Some programs accept new students only in certain terms and/or years.


The College of Journalism and Mass Communications offers a Master of Arts degree with specializations available in 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.

Both 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

Faculty and research

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Rick Alloway

Audio Production and Documentaries; Commercial Production; Radio Station Operations and ManagementJournalism

John Bender

Reporting; EditingJournalism

Sue Bullard

Editing; Reporting; New MediaJournalism

Trina Creighton

Broadcast NewsJournalism

Frauke Hachtmann

Global Advertising; Cross-Cultural Communication; Scholarship of Teaching and LearningAdvertising & Public Relations, Sequence Head

Michael Hanus

Ways That Customization can Affect Reception of a Persuasive Message

Valerie Jones

Digital Media; Media Strategy; Integrated Marketing Communications; Data and AnalyticsAdvertising & Public Relations

Octavio Kano-Galvan

Visual Communications

Gary Kebbel

Digital News Dstribution; News and Social Networking; Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the News and Information IndustryJournalism

Dane Kiambi

Crisis Communication; Reputation Management; Health Communication; Global Public RelationsAdvertising & Public Relations

Katherine Krcmarik

Graphic Design; Visual Communications

Barney McCoy

Convergence Reporting and New MediaJournalism

Brandon Nutting

CognitiveProcessing of Mediated Messages, Specifically the Role of Time Perception and How it Relates to Media Narratives

Luis Peón-Casanova

Visual LiteracyAdvertising & Public Relations

Mary Kay Quinlan

Beat ReportingJournalism

Jerry Renaud

Advanced Reporting; Documentary; Audio ProductionJournalism, Sequence Head

Joe Starita

Investigative ReportingJournalism

Amy Struthers

Trend Research; Youth Consumer Behavior; Language and Culture; Public HealthAdvertising & Public Relations, Graduate Chair

Laurie Thomas Lee

Law and Policy; ProductionJournalism

Bruce Thorson

Newspaper Photography; Picture EditingJournalism

Adam Wagler

Interactive Media; UX Design and Development; Creative Strategy, Instructional TechnologyAdvertising & Public Relations

Ming (Bryan) Wang

Social Media; Mobile Communication; Political CommunicationAdvertising & Public Relations

Joe Weber

Utopian Communities; Chinese Attitudes toward JournalismJournalism

This summary page is maintained by Graduate Studies.
For additional details check out the dept./program website: Integrated Media Communications, Professional Journalism.

Departments: Have an update for this summary? Contact Kurt Mueller.