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Master's in Mass Communications (MA or MS)  31 hours, non-thesis track
Required Courses
JMC 600 American Mass Media --OR--
JMC 615 History of US Journalism and Broadcasting --AND--
JMC 610 Introduction to Graduate Studies
JMC 630 Theories of Mass Communications
JMC 648 Mass Media Industries
JMC 660 Methods of Mass Communications Research
JMC 670 Philosophical and Ethical Concepts of the Mass Media
JMC 690 Comprehensive Project in Mass Communications
Electives--pick three of the following (12 hours):
JMC 600 Seminar in International Mass Communication
JMC 601 Seminar in Media, Culture, Gender, and Race
JMC 602 Seminar in Advertising
JMC 603 Seminar in Public Relations
JMC 615 History of US Journalism and Broadcasting
JMC 616 Professional Internship in Mass Communication
JMC 620 Strategic Communications
JMC 622 JMC Study Abroad
JMC 658 New Media Technologies
JMC 677 Directed Individual Study*
JMC 685 Specialized Mass Communications*
JMC 686 Special Topics **
  Approved 600 Level Elective

* Independent study that requires approval of supervising faculty
** Subject matter changes depending on instructor

OTHER DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

  • The semester before enrolling in JMC 690, the capstone course, the student must meet with the Graduate Coordinator, present a proposal for the project, and gain approval of the proposal.
  • For the Master of Arts degree only, the candidate must demonstrate competency in an approved foreign language.

Master's in Mass Communications/Public Relations Concentration (MA or MS)  31 hours, non-thesis track
Required Courses
JMC 601
Seminar in Media, Culture, Gender, and Race
JMC 602
Seminar in Advertising
JMC 603 Seminar in Public Relations
JMC 610 Introduction to Graduate Studies
JMC 620 Strategic Communications
JMC 630 Theories of Mass Communications
JMC 658 New Technologies
JMC 660 Methods of Mass Communications Research
JMC 670 Philosophical and Ethical Concepts of the Mass Media
JMC 690 Comprehensive Project in Mass Communications
Elective--pick one of the following (3 hours):
COM 682
Crisis Communication
JMC 616 Professional Internship in Mass Communication
MKT 667
Marketing Planning and Application
NLS 675
Social Entrepreneurship

OTHER DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

  • JMC 391 is required for students without an undergraduate degree in Public Relations or closely-related discipline. JMC 391 may not be used for graduate credit; may be taken concurrently with JMC 610.
  • The semester before enrolling in JMC 690, the student must meet with the graduate coordinator, present a proposal for the project, and gain approval of the proposal.
  • For the Master of Arts degree only, the candidate must demonstrate competency in an approved foreign language.

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