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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.

Our MA program also offers knowledge and insights into the issues of increasing significance in the practice of media and communication. Acquiring our MA in this professional track helps professionals transition to a career in media and communication or advance knowledge and skills in their current professional position.

All master’s students, whether in the academic or professional track, should choose a curricular area of emphasis to their program of study.  In addition to our two core emphasis areas of social and interactive media and international/intercultural communication, common emphasis areas include new media, health communication, media effects, communication and culture, rhetoric, development communication, and strategic communication.

Social & Interactive Media Emphasis

This emphasis area 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.

International/Intercultural Communication Emphasis

This emphasis area 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.

Curriculum Requirements

  • A minimum of 30 credit hours

Core (9hrs)

MC 6000 Introduction to Media and Communication

 

MC 6300 Social Scientific Research Methods

 

MC 6400 Humanistic Research Methods

Elective (18 hrs)

5 MC Emphasis Courses
1 Elective Graduate Course, including MC

Thesis/Project/Comps (3 hrs)

MC 6980/6990 Readings for Exam/Project/Thesis

Additional Program 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/project (Plan II)
  • Completed English Requirements (for international students. See ESOL courses and requirements)

Students opting for the Plan II (exams or project) usually complete their work in three semesters; students choosing the Plan I (thesis) may need more time.

Academic Track with an Individually Tailored Emphasis

Hrs.

Course title

Note

3

MC 6000 Introduction to Media & Communication

Required

3

MC 6300 Social Scientific Methods

Required

3

MC 6400 Humanistic Methods

Required

15

MC Electives

Two or more courses at 6000/7000-level

3

Grad Elective

3

MC 6980/6990 Readings for Master’s Comps/Project/Thesis

Required

Professional Track with Social & Interactive Media (SIM) Emphasis

Hrs.

Course title

Note

3

MC 6000 Introduction to Media & Communication

Required

3

MC 6300 Social Scientific Research Methods

Required

3

MC 6400 Humanistic Research Methods

Required

3

MC 5640 Practicum in Interactive Online Media Production

Required

3

MC 7370 Seminar in New Media Research

Required

3

MC Elective Course

6000/7000-level

6

MC 5050 Mediated Cultures and Identities

MC 5610 Audience Research

MC 5630 Media Programming

MC 5700 Electronic Surveillance and Privacy

Choose 2 courses

3

Grad Elective (e.g., MC/Com. Sci./Digital Art/VCT)

3

MC 6980/6990 Readings for Master’s Comps/Project/Thesis

Required

*The shaded area indicates the SIM emphasis.

A.    4-Semester Model for the MA with SIM Emphasis (Two Academic Years, F-S-F-S)

Fall I

(9 hrs)

MC 6000 Introduction to Media & Communication
MC 6400 Humanistic Research Methods
MC 5610 Audience Research/ MC 5630 Media Programming (Choose 1)+

Spring I

(9 hrs)

MC 6300 Social Scientific Research Methods
Elective MC Course (6000/7000-level)
MC 5640 Practicum in Interactive Online Media Production

Fall II

(9 hrs)

MC 7370 Seminar in New Media Research
MC 5610 Audience Research/ MC 5630 Media Programming (Choose 1)+
Elective Grad Course

Spring II

(3 hrs)

MC 6990 Readings for Master’s Thesis

+No repetition

B.    3-Semester Model for the MA with SIM Emphasis (One calendar year, F-S-SU)

Fall

(12 hrs)

MC 6000 Introduction to Media & Communication
MC 6400 Humanistic Research Methods
MC 7370 Seminar in New Media Research
MC 5610 Audience Research/ MC 5630 Media Programming (Choose 1)

Spring

(12 hrs)

MC 6300 Social Scientific Research Methods
MC 5640 Practicum in Interactive Online Media Production
MC 5700 Electronic Surveillance and Privacy/
MC 5050 Mediated Culture and Identities (Choose 1)
Elective MC course (6000/7000-level) / Elective Grad Course (Choose 1)++

Summer

(6 hrs)

Elective MC course (6000/7000-level) / Elective Grad Course (Choose 1)++
MC 6980 Readings for Master’s Comprehensive Examination/Project

++MC elective should be taken at least once.

Professional Track with International/Intercultural Communication (IIC) Emphasis

Hrs.

Course title

Note

3

MC 6000 Introduction to Media & Communication

Required

3

MC 6300 Social Scientific Methods

Required

3

MC 6400 Humanistic Methods

Required

3

MC 5090 International Communication

Required

3

MC 6570 Intercultural Communication

Required

3

MC Elective

6000/7000-level

3

MC 5040 Communication & Conflict
MC 5080 Intercultural Communication
MC 5670 Gender, Media & Culture
MC 5750 Perspectives on International Media

Choose 2 courses

3

Grad Elective (e.g., MC /ACS /Art History/History /Music /Popular Culture /Language)

3

MC 6980/6990 Readings for Master’s Comps/Project/Thesis

Required

*The shaded area indicates the IIC emphasis.

A.    4-Semester Model for the MA with IIC Emphasis (Two Academic Years, F-S-F-S)

Fall I

(9 hrs)

MC 6000 Introduction to Media & Communication
MC 6300 Humanistic Research Methods
MC 5040 Comm. & Conflict/ MC 5080 Intercultural Comm./ MC 5090 International Comm./ MC 5670 Gender, Media & Culture (Choose One)+

Spring I

(9 hrs)

MC 6300 Social Scientific Research Methods
MC 6570 Intercultural Communication
MC 5090 International Comm. / MC 5750 Perspectives on International Media (Choose One) +

Fall II

(9 hrs)

MC 5040 Communication & Conflict/ MC 5090 International Comm./
MC 5670 Gender, Media & Culture (Choose One) +
MC Elective
Grad Elective

Spring II

(3 hrs)

MC 6990 Readings for Master’s Thesis

 

+No repetition; MC 5090 should be taken, regardless of the semester, to fulfill the certificate requirement.  

B.    3-Semester Model for the MA with IIC Emphasis (One calendar year, F-S-SU)

Fall

(12 hrs)

MC 6000 Introduction to Media & Communication
MC 6400 Humanistic Research Methods
COMM 4080 Intercultural Comm./ COMM 4090 International Comm./
COMM 4040 Comm. & Conflict/ TCOM 4670 Gender, Media & Culture (Choose Two)+

Spring

(12 hrs)

MC 6300 Social Scientific Research Methods
MC 6570 Intercultural Comm.
MC 5090 International Comm./ MC 5750 Pers. on International Media (Choose One)+
MC Elective or Grad Elective (Choose One)++

Summer

(6 hrs)

MC Elective or Grad Elective (Choose One)++
MC 6980 Readings for Master’s Comprehensive Examination/Project

+No repetition; MC 5090 should be taken, regardless of the semester, to fulfill the certificate requirement.  

++At least one Elective MC Course should be taken.