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Graduate Program

M.S. in Communication Studies and Journalism
& M.M.C. (Masters in Mass Communication)

More than 39 students are currently enrolled in the Department's graduate programs. The Department offers two options for earning a master's degree:

  • Online Masters in Mass Communication (M.M.C.): Most students choose our innovative online program for its professional orientation and convenient schedule. The program is entirely online and provides mid-career professionals with an opportunity to earn an advanced degree. It is a 32-credit, option B (professional project required) program.  Fifty percent or more of the courses must be skills-based. Students interested in the online program should contact Dr. Rocky Dailey, online graduate program adviser. For more information on the M.M.C. program, click here.
  • On-Campus Master Program (M.S): Students may choose to come to campus and study in a more traditional setting. The program — titled: Communication Studies and Journalism, Journalism emphasis — is well-established and well-respected, sending students on to doctoral programs or back to the media industry with enhanced skills and understanding. It is a 30-credit, option A (thesis) or 32-credit, option B program. (Note: On-campus students are typically required to take two online courses.) Students interested in this program should contact Dr. Lyle Olson, graduate program coordinator. For more information on the M.S. program, click here.