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Online Master of Mass Communication

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SDSU Online Master of Mass Communication Degree

SDSU's Online Master of Mass Communication degree provides you with a professional education to develop mass communication skills that help you advance toward your goals and expand your skill set. Our program is designed for working professionals as well as those seeking to enhance their professional communication expertise.

We work to help you become better at what you do by bringing you up to speed with the communication and media skills necessary in the workplace today. Our program provides a quality professional education and is accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

Whether you're working or aspiring to work in journalism, advertising, public relations, marketing, business, higher education or other fields, our program positions you to build the skills and credentials you need to succeed.

Interaction with peers is an integral part of any graduate program. A cohort (or group of students) starts the program and takes most classes together. We schedule classes for 8-week sessions, which run back-to-back during the school year. By taking two eight-week classes back-to-back each semester and one each summer, students can finish the program in just under two years. Students have two paths towards their degree completion:

  • Professional Project (Option B) = 32 total credits plus the completion of a professional project.
  • Portfolio (Option C) = 36 total credits plus the completion of a professional portfolio showcasing how they have used their coursework in their current profession.

Class size is typically about 15 students and 50% or more of the courses each student takes must be skills-based. Coursework for this degree is available 24/7. Online discussion and learning activities substitute for face-to-face traditional instruction and internet-based course software functions as a virtual classroom for students and instructors who can participate at any time, from anywhere.

Once students are admitted to the program, they have supportive faculty who will help them get their degrees. Faculty post learning materials and assignments; students turn in their work and discuss course topics with classmates online.

Our program is a four-time winner of SDSU's Outstanding Online Program Award. We also have received top rankings from OnlineMastersDegrees.orgCollege Values Online and

Whether you are a student in South Dakota or elsewhere around the world, online learning adjusts to your schedule.

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