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, please visit the program page.
Communication and Media Studies (M.A.)
A personalized, professional program designed to prepare you for success in higher education and beyond.
The Master of Arts in Communication and Media Studies is a broad-based graduate degree for students with an undergraduate degree in communication studies, media studies, or related areas. Coursework emphasizes the intersections of academic and professional approaches to understanding, creating, and evaluating messages across contexts. Core coursework covers the foundations of the communication and media studies disciplines (including relevant theories and methods), explores cross-platform communication, and offers applied coursework in either professional communication or media law.
Students who pursue Option A (thesis) complete an additional 9-12 credits of elective coursework and an independent, theoretically-based study that generates new disciplinary knowledge and prepares them for advanced graduate work. Students who pursue Option B (project) complete an additional 15-18 credits of elective coursework and an independent, applied project that addresses a practical issue using skills related to students’ chosen career fields. For more information about the M.A. program, please refer to the graduate catalog.
Graduate assistantships offer full tuition remission and a competitive stipend for the academic year.
Admitted students are eligible for competitive graduate assistantships. Students who receive a teaching assistantship receive substantial instructional training. Most teaching assistants serve as the instructors of record for our award-winning Fundamentals of Speech (SPCM 101) course. All applicants for the graduate program will be considered for admission to the program and consideration for an assistantship upon submission of a completed admissions application.
The graduate committee will provide program admission decisions. Admitted applicants will be forwarded to the hiring manager for assistantship decisions.