Communications (Media Studies Concentration), Master of Arts
The Media Studies concentration is geared toward students with an interest in the scholarly study of mass media – including news, entertainment, infotainment, social media, and other mass media. This concentration provides students with theoretical and research foundations and is particularly suited for students interested in pursuing a doctoral degree, a career in higher education, or a career in consulting. Students will gain an advanced understanding of the role and impact of media through their study of areas such as Media Effects; Media Law and Ethics; Gender, Race, Class and the Media; Culture, Media and Technology; and Social Media.
Applicants must meet all of the following requirements:
- Graduate with a four-year baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university (degrees from institutions outside the U.S. are evaluated for equivalency to U.S. degrees).
- Possess a grade point average of at least 3.0 in undergraduate studies.
- Complete satisfactory preparation in the specific discipline or field of study.
- Attain a score of at least 213 on the TOEFL, if an international student.
Students who fail to satisfy the unconditional admission criteria may be admitted on a conditional basis. Under conditional admission, the student must have at least a 2.8 undergraduate grade point average or the undergraduate grade point average within the last thirty-hours (30) of course work must be at least 3.2. Students admitted in this category will be required to meet the unconditional admission criteria by maintaining at least a grade of "B" or better in each course in the first twelve hours of graduate work within the first year of enrollment. Failure to satisfy unconditional admission criteria within the stipulated time will result in the student being dropped from the program. Conditional admits are not eligible for financial aid.
Post- Baccalaureate and Non-Degree Seeking Applicant Policy
- Applicants are not eligible for financial aid.
- If admitted as a post- baccalaureate student, the student is required to earn a minimum of 3.5 in those hours they take while in the graduate program in order to be admitted into the program.
- If admitted with non-degree-seeking status, a student is allowed to take up to six (6) hours only.
|Foundation Courses (9 hours)|
|CM 533||Theory & Process Of Comm||3|
|CM 534||Intro Grad Res Com||3|
|RTF 510||Visual Storytelling||3|
|Prescribed Courses (9 hours)|
|CM 526||Introduction : Graduate Studies in Communication||3|
|or CM 501||Master's Seminar in Mass Media Projects|
|CM 634||Adv Comm Res Meth||3|
|or CM 550||Qualitative Methods in Comm|
|or JOUR 505||Art of Narrative|
|CM 698||Research Project||3|
|or CM 699||Master's Project Production|
|or CM 665||Graduate Practicum|
|Or "CM 658"|
|Concentration Courses (12 hours)|
|CM 527||Mass Communication Effects||3|
|Select 9 hours from the following:||9|
|Media Law & Ethics|
|International Media Systems|
|Social Media Culture and Communication|
|Internet and Society|
|health and Mass Media|
|Race Gender Class and the Media|
|Race and News|
|Elective Courses (3 hours)|
|Select any School of Communication graduate course||3|