Graduate Programs

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The graduate programs in the School of Media & Communication at Bowling Green State University offers students a variety of options to aid them in their academic and professional pursuits. The School offers both a PhD and an MA program through which students learn to teach and conduct research from highly accomplished faculty. The School prides itself in providing a collaborative environment where multiple perspectives and approaches to the study of media and communication thrive and contribute to mutual enrichment. As one of the nation’s most diverse graduate programs in media & communication, our graduate programs are founded on the principle of inclusiveness, which further enhances both the quantity and quality of scholarly activities.

As you explore our website, you will learn more about our mission, subject areas and research approaches utilized by our graduate faculty and students. I invite you to get to know us better by browsing this website, connecting with us through social media, contacting individual faculty members, and/or visiting us right here on the BGSU main campus.

Thank you for your interest and I look forward to hearing from you.
Joshua Atkinson, PhD

Graduate Coordinator

Associate Professor
School of Media & Communication

Bowling Green State University

 

Contact Information

Joshua Atkinson, Graduate Coordinator

306 Kuhlin Center
School of Media & Communication
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH 43403
419-372-3403
Jatkins@bgsu.edu

For application process and other administrative issues, please contact:

Kelly Graham, Graduate Secretary

306 Kuhlin Center
School of Media & Communication
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH 43403
419-372-3321
kjgraha@bgsu.edu

Learning Outcomes – Doctor of Philosophy
Upon completion of the doctoral degree, students in Media and Communication are expected to be able to:

    1. First year doctoral students can understand the following: 

  • History of the field, as well as the areas of emphasis within SMC.
  • One method for conducting academic research.
  • Some important theories related to Media & Communication. 

    2. Second year doctoral students can evaluate theories and research methods appropriate to test theories. 

    3. Third-year doctoral students can design theoretically driven research questions and propose new ways to obtain answers     to the questions. 

    4. Fourth-year doctoral students can conduct research independently and compose a quality report based on it. 

Learning Outcomes – Master of Arts
Upon completion of the graduate degree, students in Media and Communication are expected to be able to:

Thesis & Research Project Students: 

    1. MA students can understand the following:

  • History of the field, as well as the areas of emphasis within SMC. 
  • Social science research methods. 
  • Humanistic research methods. 

    2. MA students can develop theoretically driven research questions and propose competent projects to answer those     questions. 

    3. MA students can conduct a research project and compose a quality report based on it. 

Accreditation and/or Program/Cluster Review
Bowling Green State University [BGSU] is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.  BGSU has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 01/01/1916. The most recent reaffirmation of accreditation was received in 2012 - 2013. Questions should be directed to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.

The Media and Communication program is currently undergoing Program/Cluster Review.

Professional Licensure (If applicable)
Bowling Green State University programs leading to licensure, certification and/or endorsement, whether delivered online, face-to-face or in a blended format, satisfy the academic requirements for those credentials set forth by the State of Ohio.

Requirements for licensure, certification and/or endorsement eligibility vary greatly from one profession to another and from state to state. The Media and Communication program does not lead to professional licensure.

Gainful Employment (If applicable)
     
Under the Higher Education Act Title IV disclosure requirements, an institution must provide current and prospective students with information about each of its programs that prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.

The Graduate Certificate in International/Intercultural Communication is a recognized occupation that requires a Gainful Employment disclosure.

The Graduate Certificate in in Social & Interactive Media is a recognized occupation that requires a Gainful Employment disclosure.

The Graduate Certificate in Strategic Communication is a recognized occupation that requires a Gainful Employment disclosure.

Specializations:
Master of Arts in Media and Communication with specialization in International/Intercultural Communication
Master of Arts in Media and Communication with specialization in Social & Interactive Media
Master of Arts in Media and Communication with specialization in Strategic Communication