The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Journalism and Mass Communication consists of seven concentrations: Media Management; Public Relations; Reporting/Editing--Journalism Educators; Reporting/Editing--Broadcasting; Reporting/Editing--Magazine; Reporting/Editing--Newspaper; and Reporting/Editing--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, available both face-to-face and 100 percent online, accommodates the needs of students who wish to pursue a management-level career at an in-house marketing communication or public relations department or at a public relations or integrated marketing communications agency.
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 broadcast documentary, advanced broadcast news and online journalism, the program prepares 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 in magazine publishing, feature writing, specialized reporting and design will enable students to be competitive in the magazine field.
The Reporting/Editing: Newspaper concentration is for students who want to become writers or editors for traditional newspapers and their online units. This concentration features courses such as reporting public policy, 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 policy, computer-assisted reporting and design, along with online journalism and collaborative online production.