Skip to main content
Close Search

Image for Online Master of Mass Communication

Online Master of Mass Communication

MMC logo
Six 2017 Master Mass Communication Awards badges from Smart Choice, Most Affordable, SR Education Group, Accredited, College Vlues Online, and

SDState Online Master of Mass Communication degree provides a professional education to develop mass communication skills that help advance you toward your goals and expand your skill set in the workplace. Our program graduates working journalists and professional communicators as well as those seeking to further develop their professional communication skills.

We work to help those in communications become better at what they do by bringing them up to speed with the new media skills necessary in the profession today.  Our program provides a quality professional education accessible to working journalists and strategic communicators, and is accredited by The Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

Whether in print, broadcast, advertising and marketing or public relations, students build skills and credentials for success.

Interaction with peers is an integral part of any graduate program. A cohort (or group of students) starts the program and take 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 time.  Students who complete a Professional Project (Option B) for their degree will take 32 total credits in the program.  Working professionals may consider taking additional coursework (Option C) for a total of 36 credits and a professional portfolio requirement.

Class size is typically about 15 students, and 50 percent or more of the courses each student takes must be skills-based. Classwork for this degree is available 24/7. Online discussion and lectures 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 degree. Faculty post lectures and assignments; students turn in papers and tests and discuss their work with classmates online.

Our program has received the Outstanding Online Program Award from SDSU for the past four years and the 2014 University Professional & Continuing Education Association Central Region Innovative Program ranked us as the 2015 Best Online Communication Master’s Degree program, SuperScholar ranked us one of the top 50 Best Online Master’s in Communication Degree Programs in 2016We are also ranked 8th in 2017 by CollegeValuesOnline, third by, and both OnlineU and ranked us 7th among online communication degrees.

Two of our faculty members, Dr. Rocky Dailey and Dr. Lyle Olson, have also received recognition for Excellence in Online Teaching from SDSU.

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

Are you ready to get started? Apply now!

Morgan Early


“My experience in the Master of Mass Communications program at South Dakota State University was top notch! The instructors are knowledgeable and provide the support needed to get through a program. I especially loved that I could continue to work full-time in the Twin Cities while earning my degree. After graduating, I was offered a senior-level management position in marketing within the State of Minnesota.”

Morgan Early
MMC Graduate 2017
Digital Marketing Manager at Minnesota Lottery



Frank Robertson


“I’d always envisioned that my graduate experience would be in a traditional classroom environment. So, when I began the online MMC program, admittedly I felt twinges of apprehension that my experience wouldn’t be what I’d hoped. I was wrong. My experience in the MMC program was everything I could have hoped for and more in a graduate experience: a dynamic and engaged environment alongside classmates and facilitated by faculty equally engaging and dynamic.”

Frank Robertson
MMC Graduate 2017
Visual Communications Instructor at South Dakota State University


Jana Haecherl


“The MMC program was flexible enough to complete while working full time and gave me a huge leg up in my career. The classes are skills-based and my peers had a variety of experience levels that made discussions very enlightening. I learned a lot of useful skills that helped me land my dream marketing job."

Jana Haecherl
MMC Graduate 2017
Marketing Communications Specialist at Red Nova Labs / storEDGE




Dr. Rocky Dailey, M.M.C. Online Advisor

Dr. Rocky Dailey
Master of Mass Communication Advisor
School of Communication and Journalism
College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Phone: 605-688-4171


Phone: 605-688-4154


Phone: 605-688-4181