Master of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication

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The School of Journalism and Mass Communication offers an MA degree in journalism and mass communication. This is an academically-oriented degree that prepares students for doctoral studies or a career in research. The journalism and mass communication program requires 31 s.h. and completion of a thesis.

  • A student planning to continue on to doctoral studies in the School can complete the required coursework for the master’s (plus one additional course) and then successfully pass a qualifying examination. In that case, a thesis would not be required.

For questions about our MA program, contact the SJMC Director of Graduate Studies, Associate Professor Kajsa Dalrymple (

Students in the MA program must complete the following curriculum and are required to take at least 2 courses in SJMC in addition to Approaches to Media Communication– these courses can be from the Methods, Theory or Electives areas:

Approaches to Media Communication – 3 hours
Methods area – 3 hours
Theory area – 3 hours
Outside concentration – 9 hours
Relevant electives – 6 hours
Master’s Seminar – registered during entire program of study (typically 4+ hours)
Thesis – 3 hours

The MA program is designed to meet the needs of:

  • Journalism students who have earned a bachelor’s degree and wish to continue their education. MA students can continue can be considered for admission into the doctoral program after completion of all their MA degree requirements.
  • Experienced journalists or communicators who wish to prepare themselves for teaching by earning the MA degree, possibly continuing on to the PhD.