MA Program

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The Master’s degree program in the School of Media & Communication entails multiple options that can address the different goals of prospective graduate students. There are options for those students who wish to prepare for further academic studies and pursue a PhD (generalist, intercultural/international communication, social and interactive media). There is also a strategic communication option for professionals who wish to advance their careers.

The generalist option allows the most freedom for prospective graduate students. Each student is required to complete 30 hours of coursework. In addition, students choose between completing a thesis, or taking a comprehensive final examination.

  • MC 6000: Introduction to Media & Communication
  • MC 6300: Social Scientific Methods
  • MC 6400: Humanistic Research Methods
  • Six elective courses.
  • MC 6000: Introduction to Media & Communication
  • MC 6300: Social Scientific Methods
  • MC 6400: Humanistic Research Methods
  • Six elective courses
  •  Thesis option, with a minimum of three credits of thesis hours.
  • Comprehensive examination option, with a minimum of three credits of examination hours.

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.

The Intercultural/International option provides students with insight and expertise into the subject of cross culture communication, as well as communication between people of different nationalities. Each student is required to complete 30 hours of coursework. In addition, students choose between completing a thesis, or taking a comprehensive final examination.

  • MC 6000: Introduction to Media & Communication
  • MC 6300: Social Scientific Methods
  • MC 6400: Humanistic Research Methods
  • MC 5090: Intercultural Communication
  • MC 6570: Seminar in Intercultural Communication
  • Choose Two of the following:
    • MC 5040: Communication & Conflict
    • MC 5670: Gender, Media & Culture
    • MC 5750: Gender, Media & Culture
    • MC 7610: Race & Communication
    • MC 7630: Seminar in International Development
    • MC 7650: International Media
  • Two electives at 6000/7000 level
  • Thesis option, with a minimum of three credits of thesis hours.
  • Comprehensive examination option, with a minimum of three credits of examination hours.

The Social and Interactive Media option provides students with insight and expertise into the subject of online media platforms, as well as their role in society and organizations. Each student is required to complete 30 hours of coursework. In addition, students choose between completing a thesis, or taking a comprehensive final examination.

  • MC 6000: Introduction to Media & Communication
  • MC 6300: Social Scientific Methods
  • MC 6400: Humanistic Research Methods
  • MC 5640: Practicum in Interactive Online Media Production OR LRND 6700: Principles of Multimedia Production and Courseware Design
  • MC 6552: Social Media Seminar
  • Choose Two of the following:
    • MC 5050: Mediated Cultures & Identities
    • MC 5610: Audience Research
    • MC 5630: Media Programming
    • MC 5700: Electronic Surveillance & Privacy
    • MC 7370: Seminar in New Media Research
  • Two electives at 6000/7000 level
  • Thesis option, with a minimum of three credits of thesis hours.
  • Comprehensive examination option, with a minimum of three credits of examination hours.

The Intercultural/International option provides students with insight and expertise into the subject of cross culture communication, as well as communication between people of different nationalities. Each student is required to complete 30 hours of coursework. In addition, students choose between completing a thesis, or taking a comprehensive final examination.

  • MC 6000: Introduction to Media & Communication
  • MC 6300: Social Scientific Methods
  • MC 6400: Humanistic Research Methods
  • MC 5090: Intercultural Communication
  • MC 6570: Seminar in Intercultural Communication
  • Choose Two of the following:
    • MC 5040: Communication & Conflict
    • MC 5670: Gender, Media & Culture
    • MC 5750: Gender, Media & Culture
    • MC 7610: Race & Communication
    • MC 7630: Seminar in International Development
    • MC 7650: International Media
  • Two electives at 6000/7000 level
  • Thesis option, with a minimum of three credits of thesis hours.
  • Comprehensive examination option, with a minimum of three credits of examination hours.