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Degree Requirements

The Master of Arts requires a minimum of 30 semester hours of coursework including a six-hour thesis. The thesis is designed to demonstrate that the student is capable of conducting independent research under the supervision of a faculty committee.

Fifteen hours must be earned in graduate-level journalism and mass communication core courses. With the approval of the faculty advisor, the M.A. student may take a minimum of nine semester hours of coursework outside the School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

To earn the M.A. degree, you must complete the following:

The M.A. core (21 hours)

  • Research Methods in Mass Communication
  • Communication Theory
  • Media Law
  • History of Mass Media
  • Literature of Mass Communication
  • Thesis Preparation (6 hours)

Approved graduate-level electives (9 hours)

A comprehensive examination (a five-hour written test based on the M.A. core courses).

An oral examination in defense of the thesis.

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