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2016-2017 Graduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Journalism and Mass Communications

105 Kedzie Hall
Fax: 785-532-5484


Jean Folkerts

Director of graduate studies:

Barbara DeSanto

Graduate faculty:

William Adams, Ph.D., Indiana University
Louise Benjamin, Ph.D., University of Iowa
Bonnie Bressers, B.A., University of Wisconsin
Barbara DeSanto, Ed.D., Oklahoma State University
Jean Folkerts, Ph.D., University of Kansas
Joye C. Gordon, Ph.D., Purdue University
Thomas Gould, Ph.D., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Tom Hallaq, Ed.D., Idaho State University
Jinsoo Kim, Ph.D., University of Florida
Curtis Matthews, Ph.D., Texas Tech University
Nancy Muturi, Ph.D., University of Iowa
Sam Mwangi, Ph.D., University of South Carolina
Angela Powers, Ph.D., Michigan State University
J. Steven Smethers, Ph.D., University of Missouri
Wesley Wise, Ph.D., Texas Tech University
Xiaochen Zhang, Ph.D., University of Florida

Graduate faculty associate:

Kelly Furnas, MBA, Florida State University

The program

The A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications offers a master of science in mass communications. The degree program requires a core of mass communication research and theory classes. Students work with a faculty advisor to develop an emphasis beyond the core. The school offers a full range of academic and professional classes. The courses in each emphasis encourage students to apply the core concepts and to prepare for careers in the mass media or teaching and research professions. Opportunities for developing skills and for research include the student-run Collegian newspaper and Wildcat 91.9-FM as well as the university’s television production center and the Huck Boyd National Center for Community Media.

Financial support

The school has a limited number of paid teaching assistantships, renewable nine-month appointments, 20 hours per week during the regular semester. Stipends vary but are usually $7,500 for nine months. Tuition is waived during the academic year for a student holding a .5 GTA appointment. GTAs work as assistants to professors in classes and on projects. Some teach course sections on their own. Preference is given to applicants with academic and/or professional media experience. Application for assistantships is by letter, with resume and samples of professional work, addressed to Nancy Muturi, Director of Graduate Studies, A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications, Kansas State University, 105 Kedzie Hall, Manhattan, Kansas 66506-1501.

Career opportunities

Students seek a master’s degree for various reasons. Some students are in mid-career and seek advancement or to change career direction. Other students, upon completing the undergraduate degrees, seek additional skills and insights into specializations so as to be better prepared for the start of their careers. Others enroll as a step toward the Ph.D. and an academic career.


Master of Science


Mass Communications