M.A. in Communication Studies and Journalism
& M.M.C. (Masters in Mass Communication)
More than 40 students are currently enrolled in the School's graduate programs. TheSchool offers three 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 Communication Studies and Journalism (M.A.) - Communication Studies Specialization.
The Communication Studies specialization is a broad-based graduate degree for students with an undergraduate degree in communication studies or related areas. Course offerings include Instructional Communication, Advanced Interpersonal Communication, Organizational Communication, Research Methods, Rhetorical Criticism, Health Communication and more. Graduate students also work with faculty on cutting-edge research and are eligible for the Graduate Student Achievement Award.
Check out this program's requirements on this page.
For more information, contact the Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Jenn Anderson.
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.
Competitive graduate teaching assistantships in the Communication Studies department provide full tuition remission and a competitive stipend for the academic year. Forensics (speech and debate team) assistantships are also sometimes available. Teaching assistants in the Communication Studies specialization receive substantial instructional training and serve as the instructors of record for our award-winning SPCM 101: Fundamentals of Speech course.
To be considered for a Graduate Teaching Assistantship in the School of Communication and Journalism upload a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to the online application system AND email it to the Assistant Director, Dr. Joshua Westwick, at email@example.com.
Meet our Students
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.
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 gojacks.com, 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.