MA Communication (MACOMM) students learn to communicate effectively through a variety of media platforms, including video, television, social networks, podcasts, multimedia websites, and other methods of traditional and online or mobile communication.
Hands-on production courses are combined with professional internships and capstone mentorships with established communications and media industry professionals. By the completion of the MACOMM degree in ONE YEAR, students will have compiled a robust portfolio of professional materials that demonstrates the advanced skill sets necessary to excel in their respective job sectors. Along the way, students’ productions will also be distributed, broadcast, and/or published through various media outlets while they are completing their MACOMM coursework.
Learning By Doing
MACOMM students create real-world multimedia productions for actual organizations, businesses, publications or media outlets. This practical focus on hands-on learning with the latest technologies in a professional context, gives students the experience and portfolio they need to compete and excel in the ever-changing 21st century communications and media industries.
Focus on Jobs and Latest Technologies
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupation Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition places jobs for communication and public relations specialists in its highest “much faster than average” growth category, projecting that employment opportunities will increase for communication specialists by 24% from 2008 to 2018. The New York Times has also reported on the “fundamental transformation” in the news industry toward “‘digital journalists’ who produce, record and edit much of their material.” The MACOMM Program will supply the communications, public relations, and news industries with its next generation of professional communicators in ways that only a media studies program with a strong digital multimedia production component like ours can.
An Ideal Location
Sacred Heart’s main campus is a short train ride (just 55 miles) from New York City, the media capital of the world, and is strategically positioned in the heart of suburban Fairfield County, home to the many major media companies and other businesses that make-up Connecticut’s “Gold Coast.”
Internships and Mentorships
MACOMM students complete 12 credits of internships and mentorships as part of a curricular strategy in which students are immersed in a professional setting in order to get advanced practical training and real world results. Examples of recent internships completed in the Department of Communication and Media Studies include:
4th Row Films - ABC News – Clear Channel Communications - Cox Radio - CBS - Comedy Central - Connecticut Post - Complete Graphix Inc. - Cox Radio Star 99 (WEZN-FM) - CNN en Español – Dateline NBC - DreamWorks Pictures - ESPN - Fairfield County Magazine - Flying Pictures Productions– WICZ FOX 40 News - FOX - GoldFinch Films - HBO - HWH Public Relations - Winthrop School Lighthouse Program - Late Night With Conan O’Brien - Law & Order - Major Indoor Soccer League - Millenium Media Group - MTV Productions - National Geographic - NBC Sports - Nightline – New York Yankees - Octagon Marketing - Outdoor Life Network - Rogers & Cowan Advertising Agency - Sony BMG Music Entertainment - Soundkeeper Inc. – Teen Vogue Magazine - Titan TV Media - TriBeca Films – Vision Project Media - WSHU National Public Radio - WWE
Blended Courses and Flexible Scheduling
MACOMM courses combine face-to-face classes with online sessions, allowing students to schedule their campus commitments around their work and family obligations. With rolling acceptance and convenient 8-week sessions scheduled year round, students can start when they want and finish when they can, building a professional portfolio along the way.
Professional Portfolios for the Digital Age
Students graduate with a portfolio of digital multimedia materials that demonstrates to potential employers that MACOMM graduates are highly skilled communicators with advanced training in the latest media technologies. MACOMM students build their professional résumés as their work is distributed, broadcast, and/or published through various media outlets while earning their degrees.
Experienced Faculty with Industry Connections
In addition to being established scholars and dedicated instructors, the MACOMM faculty is comprised of award-winning and working media professionals with experience in every sector of the communications and media industry, including film and television, public relations, corporate communications, journalism, publishing, web design and development, and digital multimedia production.
Integrated Laptop Program
Full-time MACOMM graduate students will receive a Macbook Pro laptop running the latest Apple and Adobe software.
New England Association of Schools & Colleges (NEASC)
International Student Requirements:
TOEFL or IELTS score
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) results are required from all applicants who completed their previous degrees in a country where English is not the official and spoken language. The TOEFL requirement is 80 and the IELTS requirement is 6.5.
A copy of your passport, a sponsor letter and a bank letter to promptly receive an I-20
Facts & Figures
International Financial Aid:
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Average Cost per Credit (Graduate):
In State Tuition (per year):
Out State Tuition (per year):
Master's College or University I
Scholarships, discounts, grants, employment, loans, or payment plans are available. FASFA code: 001403