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Master's in Mass Communications

Specialty tracks include Global Communications, Brand Communication and Sports Communication. The Mass Communications degree is designed to give you a more in-depth understanding of the changing communication landscape. It is an excellent choice for acquiring specific communication expertise, enhancing research and presentation skills, and studying effective and persuasive communication strategies.


  • Thesis option: 31 credit hours, with six hours for thesis research

  • Non-thesis options: 32 credit hours, with seven hours for creative component, study abroad or practicum

  • 4+1 accelerated master's option available to outstanding undergraduate students

Required core courses:

  • Introduction to Graduate Study

  • Methods of Research in Mass Communication

  • Mass Communication Theory

  • Mass Communication Ethics

Specialty area courses - 15 credit hours from one of the following concentrations:

  • Global Communication

  • Brand Communication

  • Sports Communication

1928Continuous accreditation for more than 90 years.

The Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication accreditation ensures that this program meets standards for quality administration, curriculum and faculty.

Hands-On Experience

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To help students gain professional experience, the School of Media and Strategic Communications (SMSC) introduced The O'Colly Media Group. Students gain practical experience working with OMG media outlets, including print, television, radio and digital platforms. The organization's mission is to offer students real-life experience in media production, distribution and advertising sales. Media outlets include an award-winning newspaper, daily television newscast, numerous live and recorded television broadcasts, podcasting and digital distribution through o'colly,com, AppleTV, ROKU and Amazon Fire Stick.

Admissions Requirements


  • Official university transcripts

  • Resume or CV

  • Letter of intent

  • Writing sample

  • Three letters of recommendation from professors or supervising employers

Test Scores: GRE not required


Application Deadlines:

  • November 1 (spring admission)

  • February 1 (fall priority admission)

  • July 1 (fall admission)

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