Communications (Professional Communication and Digital Media Concentration), Master of Arts
The Professional Concentration
Many media professionals and media studies teachers with undergraduate degrees in communication studies, journalism or media production are looking for master’s programs to sharpen their professional skills. The School of Communication has designed a concentration to support the needs of this type of student. In the Professional Communication and Digital Media concentration, after taking foundational and required classes in professional skills, the master’s candidates will complete a two-semester project in long-form journalism, documentary film, web-based journalism, or digital instructional material for classroom use.
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
Masters Comprehensive Exam"
|Concentration Courses (12 hours)|
|RTF 515||Writing for Film & Electronic Media||3|
|RTF 520||Advanced Media Production||4|
|Select 6 hours from the following:||6|
|Media Law & Ethics|
|International Media Systems|
|Instructional Media Techniques|
|Digital Film Production|
|Effective Website Design|
|Literature of Journalism|
|Elective Courses (3 hours)|
|Select any School of Communication graduate course||3|