The department of media, film and journalism studies' graduate programs offers a broad-based understanding of the role and operation of the mass media in contemporary society as well as the creation of stories and messages for distribution through various channels.
Students may choose from three specialized programs:
- MA in media, film and journalism studies, student-designed emphasis
- MA in media, film and journalism studies, video production emphasis
- MS in strategic communication
Students may also choose various dual-degree program combinations including:
- MS in strategic communication/MA in video production
- MA in media, film and journalism studies/JD (with the Sturm College of Law)
Our programs provide a unique curriculum focusing on the social, economic, cultural, legal and public policy implications of the mass media and allow students to specialize in particular areas to prepare them for careers in media research, public relations, journalism, video production, media criticism, advertising, media management and media regulation and policy. The department also maintains state-of-the-art production and post-production video facilities.
All master's programs require 48 credits (12 courses) for completion of the degree. While some students take a heavier load, eight credit hours per quarter is the normal load for media, film and journalism studies graduate students — particularly those who complete a thesis. Because of the sequencing of classes, it will take at least five quarters to complete the MA in video emphasis and MS in strategic communication degrees. Many graduate-level courses are scheduled during afternoon and early evening as a convenience to those who wish to pursue their degree on a part-time basis.
Our alumni work in a variety of areas including corporate, nonprofit and government public relations, advertising, video and film production, journalism, media research analysis, telecommunications and education, as well as attend doctoral programs at prestigious schools around the country.