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Master of Science in Communication Studies & Journalism: Journalism Specialization

Students may choose to come to campus and study in a more traditional setting. The Master of Science in Communication Studies and Journalism – Journalism Specialization is well-established and well-respected, sending students on to doctoral programs or back to the media industry with enhanced skills and understanding. The program consists of advanced studies in journalism, advertising and public relations. Students can chose to complete a thesis (Option A) or a professional project (Option B). The goal of the program is to expand and contribute to the knowledge of these academic fields rather than the knowledge of professional practice. This degree provides an introduction to research and advanced study in preparation for students seeking to move on to the doctoral level.

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Journalism program

  • advance mass communication’s body of knowledge through research, analysis and application.
  • demonstrate leadership and mass communication skills for expanding their influence within their chosen professions.
  • adapt fundamental critical thinking and storytelling skills to the interconnected world with its digital, networked media environment.
  • utilize technology and have the vision to expand their knowledge base and skill set.

Accreditation, Licensure, and Certification

The Department is accredited by the national accrediting body of journalism and mass communication, the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC).

Course Delivery Format

This program is offered at SDSU’s Brookings campus and includes both face-to-face and online instruction options. On-campus students will be required to take at least two program courses (6 credits) online.

Admission Requirements

A GRE score is not required, however for ELS students the department requires a minimum TOEFL score of 550 paper-based, 79-80 Internet-based and a minimum IELTS score of 6.5.

Meet our Students

Whitney Truax

Whitney Truax

I’m a sports information graduate assistant working on getting my Masters of Mass Communication. I have a public relations and advertising degree from TCU where I was an intern for three years in the athletics communications department. While at TCU, I worked closely with the equestrian team, gaining more experience in this field.

At SDSU, I work with the equestrian, swimming and diving and tennis teams as their SID. I write all of the releases and bios for each athlete, promote each upcoming home event and create graphics for social media platforms.

After I graduate, I would like to continue working in the sports information/athletics communication field for another school or professional team.

Jared Todd

Jared Todd

I am pursuing my Master’s of Science degree in Communication Studies, while I work for the Sports Information department as a graduate assistant. I came to Brookings from Denver, Colorado where I attended Metropolitan State University of Denver and earned a bachelors degree in sports management. While at MSU-Denver I also worked with the athletics department for two years as a marketing and sports information intern.

Currently, I am the sports information contact for the cross country and track and field programs at SDSU. I am in charge of writing releases for, managing the cross country and track and field social media accounts and promoting the programs in a positive manner.

When I graduate, I want to work as a sports information director at a university. I really enjoy working with student-athletes and the atmosphere of college athletics.

Contact us

Dr. Lyle Olson
Graduate Program Coordinator
Department of Journalism & Mass Communication
College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Phone: 605-688-4171


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