The Master of Arts in Communication with a Concentration in Journalism program prepares students for careers in news organizations and related areas in mass media. The program includes courses in print and broadcast management skills, organizational communication, Internet-based reporting, and communication and cultural diversity issues. The degree requires a minimum 30 credits.

One required course: 3
COM 7000 Introduction to MA Studies in Communication

Two Journalism Core courses: 6

COM 5080 History of Journalism and Mass Media

COM 5250 Professional Issues in Journalism and Mass Media

COM 5710 Law and Ethics in Journalism and Mass Media

COM 6280 Reporting on Diversity

One theory course: 3
COM 7410 Communication Theory

COM 7520 Theories of Media Effects

COM 7700 Mass Media and Political Communication

One research methods course: 3
COM 6530 Audience Measurement and Survey Techniques

COM 7260 Quantitative Research Methods in Communication

COM 7360 Qualitative Research Methods in Communication

COM 7365 Ethnographic Methods for Communication Research

COM 7580 Content Analysis

Two additional content courses: 6 (Unused Journalism Core Courses can be taken as additional content courses).
COM 5200 Special Topics in Advanced Reporting

COM 5310 Investigative Reporting

COM 5381 TV News Reporting and Digital Editing

COM 5410 Producer's Workshop

COM 5460 Magazine Writing

COM 5500 Journalism and New Media

COM 5610 Advanced TV Production

COM 6190 Internship

Select one of the following capstone plan options: 9

Plan A: Thesis
COM 8999 Master's Thesis Research and Direction (6 credits required, distributed across two or three semesters)

Any one course from the department as elective, minimum 3 credits

Plan B: Essay
COM 7999 Master's Essay Direction (elected for 3 credits)

Any two courses from the department as electives, totaling 6 credits

Plan C: Coursework
Any three courses from the department as electives, totaling 9 credits