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College of Communication and Information

School of Journalism and Mass Communication

201 Franklin Hall
Tel: 330-672-2572


The Master of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication consists of seven concentrations: Media Management; Public Relations; Reporting/Editing (Journalism Educators;  Broadcasting; Magazine; Newspaper; Convergence).

The Media Management concentration provides a stimulating and challenging environment in which students can learn the principles of effective management from professors who are accomplished both professionally and academically.

The Public Relations concentration, also available 100 percent online, accommodates the needs of students who wish to pursue a management-level career at a public relations firm or at an in-house public relations department.

The Reporting/Editing: Journalism Educators concentration caters to those who want to teach high school journalism. By offering hands-on, engaging courses(such as reporting public affairs, computer-assisted reporting, online journalism, legal problems for mass media and design for cybermedia) the program readies our students to better prepare their students upon graduation.

The Reporting/Editing: Broadcasting concentration focuses on educating students who want to become reporters or producers of broadcast content. Through such courses as documentary, advanced broadcast news and online journalism, the program readies students to be leaders in their chosen field upon graduation.

The Reporting/Editing: Magazine concentration is for students who want to become writers, editors or magazine publishers. Courses such as magazine publishing, feature writing, specialized reporting and design for cybermedia will enable students to be competitive in the burgeoning magazine field.

The Reporting/Editing: Newspaper concentration is for students who want to become writers or editors for traditional newspapers. This concentration features courses such as reporting public affairs, computer-assisted reporting and specialized reporting to prepare students for careers in print journalism.

The Reporting/Editing: Convergence concentration is for students who want to become content providers for traditional and online media companies, across all platforms. This concentration features a combination of elements including reporting public affairs, computer-assisted reporting and design for cybermedia, along with online journalism and collaborative online production.

Admission Requirements

Official transcript(s), three letters of recommendation, GRE, TOEFL  for international students, goal statement and statement of desired concentration, and resume or vitae.

Graduation Requirements

Students must successfully complete a minimum of 36 semester hours of graduate credit. All students complete a common core of conceptual courses in addition to required professional courses for each concentration. Approved electives include theoretical, conceptual and professional courses in journalism and mass communication. Electives from other academic units of the university may be approved through consultation with the student’s academic adviser. Students choose among master’s professional project, thesis and comprehensive exam options in meeting their capstone requirement.