University of Nebraska - Lincoln

College of Journalism and Mass Communications

Journalism and Mass Communications, M.A.



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communications

Format: Online

Program Description:

The Master of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communications degree program is designed to graduate students that are better equipped to achieve their professional goals, immediately apply what they learn and gain a competitive advantage in the workforce.  The degree program has three specialization areas offered completely online: 

•Integrated Media Communications (online): Designed to provide advertising, public relations, marketing, and communications industry professionals with skills needed in the profession and to update their knowledge about the rapidly changing media and marketing environment in which they operate. A professional project is required.

•Media Studies (online): The purpose of this specialization is to gain cutting-edge theoretical knowledge about the various influences and effects of the media. A thesis is required.

•Professional Journalism (online): Designed for working professionals in print and digital journalism with emphasis given to improving one's skills for the workplace. A professional project is required.


Who Should Consider This Degree?

•Media professionals who want to enhance or add areas of expertise

•Media professionals who want to advance in their field

•Business professionals who design public relations and communication materials for companies

•Middle and high school teachers who produce or work with student staffs to produce school publications

•Media professionals who wish to fulfill personal and professional goals

•Full-time professionals who want flexible course schedules and delivery options

•Independent, self-motivated individuals with a strong commitment to degree completion

Why UNL?

•Chartered in 1869, the University of Nebraska–Lincoln is a nationally accredited university.

•UNL began offering distance courses in 1929.  Students from around the world are enrolled in our internationally-respected distance education programs.

•Online courses are taught by the same expert professors who teach on campus. Faculty and staff are responsive to student needs, creating an interactive community of learners.


The University of Nebraska–Lincoln is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Chartered in 1869, UNL is an educational institution of international stature. Nebraska is listed by the Carnegie Foundation within the "Research Universities (very high research activity)" category. UNL is a land-grant university and a member of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). UNL celebrated the 140th anniversary of its founding on Feb. 15, 2009.

International Student Requirements:

Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 600, Internet TOEFL 100

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 36

Classification: Higher Education Institution (Not Carnegie Classified)

Locale: Midsize City

Size & Settings: 20,000-39,999

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