Journalism and Mass Communication, M.A.

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Minimum Total Hours: Professional Project: 33

Minimum Total Hours (Thesis): 32

Minimum Total Hours (Non-Thesis): 33

Program Code: M610-Q393

Required Courses

A maximum of eight credit hours of graduate work may be transferred from other universities if such work meets the college’s requirements. No transfer credit will be accepted toward meeting core requirements.

A maximum of 12 credit hours of G4000-level courses will count toward the master’s degree. No more than nine of these hours may be in journalism and mass communication.

Thesis Option

JMC 5073Conceptual Issues in Graduate Study in Journalism and Mass Comm3
JMC 5083Mass Communication Theory3
JMC 5093Introduction to Research Methods in Mass Communication3
JMC 5091Thesis/Project Seminar1
JMC 5113Qualitative Research Methods3
or JMC 5133 Quantitative Research Methods
JMC 5980Research for Master's Thesis4
Choose 9 hours of graduate electives in journalism and mass communication9
Choose 6 hours of graduate work in areas other than journalism and mass communication6
Total Credit Hours32

Non-Thesis Option

JMC 5063Readings in Mass Communication3
JMC 5073Conceptual Issues in Graduate Study in Journalism and Mass Comm3
JMC 5093Introduction to Research Methods in Mass Communication3
Choose one of the following:3
Professional Practices (three 1-hour courses)
Choose 3 other hours approved by the graduate liaison and advisor
Choose 12 hours of graduate electives in journalism and mass communication12
Choose 9 credit hours of graduate work in an area other than journalism and mass communication9
Total Credit Hours33

Professional Project Option

JMC 5063Readings in Mass Communication3
JMC 5073Conceptual Issues in Graduate Study in Journalism and Mass Comm3
JMC 5093Introduction to Research Methods in Mass Communication3
Choose one of the following:3
Professional Practices (three 1-hour courses)
Choose 3 other hours approved by the graduate liaison and advisor
JMC 5091Thesis/Project Seminar1
JMC 5880Graduate Project4
Choose 10 credit hours of graduate electives in journalism and mass communication10
Choose 6 credit hours of graduate work in an area other than journalism and mass communication6
Total Credit Hours33

General Requirements for all Master's Degrees

The master’s degree requires the equivalent of at least two semesters of satisfactory graduate work and additional work as may be prescribed for the degree.

All coursework applied to the master’s degree must carry graduate credit.

Master’s degree programs which require a thesis consist of at least 30 credit hours. All non-thesis master’s degree programs require at least 32 credit hours.

Credit transferred from other institutions must meet specific criteria and is subject to certain limitations.

Courses completed through correspondence study may not be applied to the master’s degree.

To qualify for a graduate degree, students must achieve an overall grade point average of 3.0 or higher in the degree program coursework and in all resident graduate coursework attempted. A student must also have at least a 3.0 in all coursework (including undergraduate coursework if any).

Additional information for master's degree students may be found in the Graduate College Bulletin.