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Master's Program

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Our MA program allows students to choose either a research-based academic track or a professional track. Either track can be completed under Plan I (thesis) or Plan II (Comprehensive exams or Project).

As part of a Ph.D. granting institution where students can immerse themselves in a community of intellectuals comprised of highly accomplished graduate faculty as well as doctoral students, our MA program offers great breadth and depth to meet a broad spectrum of scholarly needs for students. Students in the academic track are generally contemplating further doctoral study and a future academic career.

This specialization is designed to meet the needs of a rapidly changing media and communication industry while providing intellectual leadership to the study of social and interactive media. Founded primarily on the social scientific knowledge of social and interactive media for their strategic applications, this program also exposes students to the process of online and interactive media production to help them better understand the technology and apply it to their practice or research.

  • A minimum of 3.0 cumulative GPA in all coursework
  • No incomplete grades in graduate coursework
  • Complete the degree within six years from the end of the semester of the first course
  • Continuous enrollment in consecutive Fall/Spring semesters (Summer optional)
  • Completed thesis (Plan I) or comprehensive examinations/master’s project (Plan II)
  • A minimum of 30 credit hours

Core

(9 hours)

MC 6000 Introduction to Media and Communication

MC 6300 Social Scientific Research Methods

MC 6400 Humanistic Research Methods

Specialization

(12 hours)

MC 6552 Social Media Seminar

Choose one of the following:

MC 5640 Practicum in Interactive Media Production

LRND 6700 Principles of Multimedia Production & Courseware Design

Choose two of the following:

MC 5610 Audience Research

MC 5630 Media Programming

MC 5700 Electronic Surveillance and Privacy

MC 7370 Seminar in New Media Research

Elective

(6 hours)

MC Elective

BGSU Graduate Elective

Capstone

(3 hours)

Choose one of the following:

MC 6910 Master’s Project Research

MC 6980 Readings for Master’s Comprehensive Examination

MC 6990 Thesis Research

Students opting for the Plan II (exams or project) usually complete their work in three semesters; Students choosing the Plan I (thesis) typically take two years to complete their study.

Plan I Thesis Track

Year 1 Fall Semester

MC 6000 Introduction to Media and Communication

MC 6552 Social Media Seminar

Choose one of the following:

MC 5610 Audience Research

MC 5630 Media Programming

Year 1 Spring Semester

MC 5640 Practicum in Interactive Online Media Production

MC 6300 Social Scientific Research Methods

MC Elective

Year 2 Fall Semester

MC 6400 Humanistic Research Methods

MC  7370 Seminar in New Media Research

BGSU Graduate Elective

Year 2 Spring Semester

MC 6990 Thesis Research

*Courses in each semester are listed in the order of importance to fulfill the degree requirements.

 

Plan II Comprehensive Exam / MA Project Track

Year 1 Fall Semester

MC 6000 Introduction to Media and Communication

MC 6552 Social Media Seminar

Choose one of the following:

MC 5610 Audience Research

MC 5630 Media Programming

Year 1 Spring Semester

MC 5640 Practicum in Interactive Online Media Production

MC 6300 Social Scientific Research Methods

MC Elective

Year 1 Summer Session I

BGSU Graduate Elective

Year 2 Fall Semester

MC 6400 Humanistic Research Methods

MC 7370 Seminar in New Media Research

Choose one of the following:

MC 6910 Master’s Project Research

MC 6980 Readings for Master’s Comprehensive Examination

*Courses in each semester are listed in the order of importance to fulfill the degree requirements.

Submit these materials via BGSU Admission website

  1. BGSU graduate admission online application
  2. One copy of each transcript from all colleges and/or universities you have attended
  3. An official GRE score report
  4. TOEFL, MELAB, or IELTS scores (international applicants only)

Submit these materials to smcgrad@bgsu.edu

  1. A personal statement (1-2 page essay) evaluating your preparation for graduate study and elaborating how this degree will help you accomplish your educational and career objectives
  2. Three letters of reference sent directly from the recommenders to the email address

Kelly Graham
Graduate Secretary
School of Media & Communication, Bowling Green State University
302 West Hall
Bowling Green, OH, 43403-0233
Phone: 419-372-3321
kjgraha@bgsu.edu

This specialization is designed to meet the increasing needs of individuals and organizations to communicate more effectively in international/intercultural contexts. It enhances students’ capacity for effective communication by raising international/intercultural understanding and sensitivity. As a leading global center of research and teaching in this area and also one of the nation’s most diverse graduate programs in media and communication, the School facilitates the blending of formal and informal learning of international/intercultural communication.

Degree Requirements

  • A minimum of 3.0 cumulative GPA in all coursework
  • No incomplete grades in graduate coursework
  • Complete the degree within six years from the end of the semester of the first course
  • Continuous enrollment in consecutive Fall/Spring semesters (Summer optional)
  • Completed thesis (Plan I) or comprehensive examinations/master’s project (Plan II)
  • A minimum of 30 credit hours

 

Duration of Program

Students opting for the Plan II (exams or project) usually complete their work in three semesters; Students choosing the Plan I (thesis) typically take two years to complete their study.
 
Recommended Course of Study
Plan I Thesis Track
Year 1 Fall Semester -  MC 6000 Introduction to Media and Communication, MC 6400 Humanistic Research Methods, MC 5090 International Communication
Year 1 Spring Semester - Mc 6570 Intercultural Communication, MC 6300 Social Scientific Resarch ethods
Choose one of the following:
  • MC 5040 Communication & Conflict
  • MC 5670 Gender, Media & Culture
  • MC 5750 Perspectives on International Media
  • MC 7630 Seminar in International Development
  • MC 7650 International Media
Year 2 Fall Semester 
Choose one of the following:
  • MC 5040 Communication & Conflict
  • MC 5670 Gender, Media & Culture
  • MC 5750 Perspectives on International Media
  • MC 7650 International Media
MC Elective
BGSU Graduate Elective
Year 2 Spring Semester - MC 6990 Thesis Research
* Courses in each semester are listed in the order of importantce to fulfill the degree requirements. Courses cannot be taken repeatedly.
 
Plan II Comprehensive Exam / MA Project Track
Year 1 Fall Semester - MC 6000 Introduction to Media and Communication, MC 6400 Humanistic Research Methods, MC 5090 International Communication
Year 1 Spring Semester - MC 6700 Intercultural Communication, MC 6300 Social Scientific Research Methods
Choose one of the following:
  • MC 5040 Communication & Conflict
  • MC 5670 Gender, Media & Culture
  • MC 5750 Perspectives on International Media
  • MC 7630 Seminar in International Development
MC 7650 International Media
Year 1 Summer Session I - MC Elective
Year 2 Fall Semester - Choose one of the following:
  • MC 5040 Communication & Conflict
  • MC 5670 Gender, Media & Culture
  • Mc 5760 Perspectives on International MEdia
  • MC 7650 International Media
 
BGSU Graduate Elective
 
Choose one of the following:
  • MC 6910 Master's Project Research
  • MC 6980 Readings for Master's Comprehensive Examination
* Courses in each semester are listed in the order of importance to fulfill the degree requirements. Coureses cannot be taken repeatedly. 
 

 

Admission

 

·       Submit these materials via BGSU Admission website (link to: http://www.bgsu.edu/graduate/admissions.html):

1.     BGSU graduate admission online application

2.     One copy of each transcript from all colleges and/or universities you have attended

3.     An official GRE score report

4.     TOEFL, MELAB, or IELTS scores (international applicants only)

 

·       Submit these materials to smcgrad@bgsu.edu

1.     A personal statement (1-2 page essay) evaluating your preparation for graduate study and elaborating how this degree will help you accomplish your educational and career objectives

2.     Three letters of reference sent directly from the recommenders to the email address

 

 

Contact

 

Kelly Graham
Graduate Secretary
School of Media & Communication, Bowling Green State University
302 West Hall

Bowling Green, OH, 43403-0233

Phone: 419-372-3321

kjgraha@bgsu.edu

This specialization is designed for media and communication professionals working in corporations, non-profit organizations, and media companies to coordinate and execute various communication functions such as public relations, advertising, and social media. The program is geared toward professionals with a minimum of three years experience who need to update their knowledge and skills to advance in their current positions or to explore new career opportunities.

  • A minimum of 3.0 cumulative GPA in all coursework
  • No incomplete grades in graduate coursework
  • Complete the degree within six years from the end of the semester of the first course
  • Continuous enrollment in consecutive Fall/Spring semesters (Summer optional)
  • Completed master’s project (Plan II)
  • A minimum of 30 credit hours

Core (9 hours)

MC 6000 Introduction to Media and Communication

MC 6300 Social Scientific Research Methods

MC 6400 Humanistic Research Methods

Specialization (12 hours)

MC 6550 Organizational Communication

MC 6551 Public Relations Research and Practice

MC 6552 Social Media Seminar

MC 6553 Advertising Research and Practice

Elective (6 hours)

MC Elective*

BGSU Graduate Elective*

        Capstone (3 hours)

MC 6910 Master’s Project Research

*A list of recommended MC and BGSU Graduate electives is here

With part time enrollment, a student can earn this degree in two years.

Year 1 Fall Semester

MC 6000 Introduction to Media and Communication

MC 6550 Organizational Communication

Year 1 Spring Semester

MC 6400 Humanistic Research Methods

MC 6551 Public Relations Research & Practice

Year 1 Summer Session I

MC 6300 Social Scientific Research Methods

Year 2 Fall Semester

MC 6552 Social Media Seminar

MC/BGSU Graduate Elective

Year 2 Spring Semester

MC 6553 Advertising Research and Practice

MC/BGSU Graduate Elective

Year 2 Summer

MC 6910 Master’s Project Research

Submit these materials via BGSU Admission website

  1. BGSU graduate admission online application
  2. One copy of each transcript from all colleges and/or universities you have attended
  3. An official GRE score report*.

*Applicants with three or more years of professional work experience and an undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale may be eligible for an exemption from the GRE requirement. Please contact the program coordinator for more information on the GRE waiver.

Submit these materials to smcgrad@bgsu.edu

  1. A current resume listing both educational and professional experience
  2. A personal statement (1-2 page essay) evaluating your preparation for graduate study and elaborating how this degree will help you accomplish your educational and career objectives
  3. Three letters of reference sent directly from the recommenders to the email address

Once these two processes are complete, an interview will be conducted in person or via technology.

Dr. Sung-Yeon Park
Graduate Coordinator & Associate Professor
School of Media and Communication, Bowling Green State University
302 West Hall, Bowling Green, OH, 43403-0233
419-372-3422
sunpark@bgsu.edu