Graduate Program

Master of Science in Journalism and Mass Communication

Communication Theory and Research track

For students who desire specialized study in research, the school offers advanced academic preparation in communication theory and research. Graduate work prepares students to use and contribute to research and scholarship in the field of mass communication.

Common areas of research specialization include science communication, political communication, visual communication, media effects, advertising, public relations, international and development communication and organizational communication.

Professional and Strategic Communication track

For students who wish to develop or strengthen professional skills, the school offers advanced professional training that prepares students for professional careers in a variety of mass communication fields.

Common areas of professional specialization include journalistic writing and reporting for the traditional and new media, visual communication, advertising and public relations.

Application Requirements

To learn more about application requirements, view the Graduate Handbook and the Graduate Program website. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Statement of Purpose
  • 3 Letters of Reference
  • GRE exam
  • TOEFL (for international applicants only)

Learning Goals

Learning goals that students in this program are expected to meet include—

  1. To develop an understanding of the central issues and current research important to the field of journalism and communication.

  2. To be familiar with the breadth and depth of the journalism and communication profession.

  3. To be able to communicate acquired knowledge in the field.

  4. To be aware of ethical issues that pertain to the field of journalism and communication.

  5. To develop the ability to design and present an independent and meaningful research project.

Graduate Minor

Students in other graduate programs may obtain a minor in journalism and mass communication by completing JL MC 501, JL MC 510 and one other graduate course in journalism and mass communication for a total of 9 credits taken within the Greenlee School.

Graduate Handbook

Find out more about the graduate program and its application requirements in the Graduate Handbook.

Graduate Faculty

Meet our dedicated faculty, who are award-winning teachers, media scholars and experienced industry professionals.

Graduate Program News

Graduate Program Newsletter

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