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College Consensus ranks SDSU among nation’s best in best online master’s communications management degrees


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South Dakota State University’s online Master of Mass Communication degree was ranked among the nation’s top 20 programs by College Consensus.

Since approved by the South Dakota Board of Regents in May 2013, the accredited program has consistently been ranked among the nation’s best. There are 27 students pursuing Master of Mass Communication degrees.

“There has never been a better time to boost your digital media credentials for the workplace. The part-time MMC program is flexible, affordable and practical,” said Jennifer Anderson, coordinator for graduate programs in the School of Communication and Journalism. “For those interested in communication management, we offer a course in media administration and management.”

College Consensus, which ranked SDSU No. 18, stated the 32-credit hour program was built to provide a professional education that develops mass communication skills to advance distance learners toward their goals and expand their skill set in the workplace. Working journalists, professional communicators and those seeking to deepen their professional communication skills further will thrive in this program priced at less than $15,000.

“SDSU was ranked No. 18 of the best 25 online master's in communication management programs due to the combined ranking of reputation, convenience and affordability. With online education booming, SDSU's placement is a real credit to the strength of this program,” said Carole Baker, College Consensus’ marketing director.

To calculate each program’s overall reputation and prestige, data was combined from U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review and each school’s College Consensus Score. The data was averaged for each master’s and placed on a 100-point scale. This reputation score makes up 33% of the final ranking score.