Apr 23, 2024  
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mass Communications (M.S.)

Master’s degree requirements

30 graduate semester hours, distributed as follows:

  • Two 700-level electives in MC
  • Thesis or report
  • Graduate electives in the area of specialization to complete 30 semester hours
    • courses in MC must be 600-level or above; courses outside MC can be 500-level or above to count for gradaute credit.


All master’s degree candidates for the Journalism and Mass Communications  graduate program must pass a written comprehensive exam covering research and theory in their area of specialization. All candidates deliver a final oral defense of their theses or reports.

Admission to the master’s degree program requires an undergraduate degree from a four-year college or university, with basic undergraduate course work in journalism and mass communications. Provisional admission may be granted to applicants entering the degree program with no previous course work in mass communications, with the requirement to take basic undergraduate courses along with the graduate course work. Also required are satisfactory scores on the GRE (an average in the 50th percentile) and an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above on the final 60 hours of course work. Official transcripts of undergraduate degree work and three letters of reference from instructors and/or professional colleagues must be sent directly to the School.

Consideration for admission is given to international applicants who have a TOEFL score of 600 or above (or 250 or above on the computer version), in addition to a satisfactory score on the GRE. Application forms will not be sent to international students until notice of GRE and TOEFL scores is received. Also required is certification that applicants have adequate financial resources to complete the degree.