Feb 21, 2024  
2023/2024 University Catalog 
    
2023/2024 University Catalog

Communication, Specialization in Mass Communication and Media Studies, M.A.


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(Major Code: 06011) (SIMS Code: 664141)

Specific Requirements

In addition to meeting the requirements for the Master of Arts degree as described in Requirements for Master’s Degrees , the student must complete a minimum of 30 units in courses acceptable in master’s degree programs. At least 18 units of the total program must be in courses numbered 600-799. Approval of the graduate adviser is required for all courses numbered 500-599. With the approval of the graduate adviser, students may take up to nine units of graduate coursework in departments other than the School of Journalism and Media Studies. Students may not repeat any course in their program of study without consent of the graduate adviser and instructor.

Specialization in Mass Communication and Media Studies

This specialization offers advanced study for individuals seeking additional knowledge of advertising, public relations, journalistic practices, emerging digital and social media technologies, or the impact of mediated communication practices on individuals, groups, and society as a whole. The program of study is appropriate for individuals who seek to enhance their careers in journalism, advertising, or public relations; who wish to pursue careers involving new media industries; who wish to teach at the community college level; or who wish to continue studies of mass communication and media at the doctoral level. Please see the School of Journalism and Media Studies website for the most current information.

Proficiency Requirements. Individuals must demonstrate relevant undergraduate coursework for their desired area of focus within the specialization. Individuals without adequate preparation may be asked to take proficiency courses. Specific proficiency courses will be determined in consultation with the graduate adviser after admission to the program.

Advancement to Candidacy


All students must satisfy the general requirements for advancement to candidacy as described in Requirements for Master’s Degrees .

Graduate Courses


Students may select Plan A, thesis, by completing JMS 799A  (3 units) or, if Plan B is selected, the student must complete three additional units of 600-700 level coursework in the School of Journalism and Media Studies and pass the Comprehensive Examination in journalism and media studies. The remaining 27 units of the program must include completion of JMS 600A  and JMS 600B  with an average grade of B (3.0) or better in the two courses, or consent of the Journalism and Media Studies faculty;

And, Nine Units Relevant to the Specialization


Nine units relevant to the specialization selected with the approval of the graduate adviser. No more than nine units may be taken outside the School of Journalism and Media Studies. No more than six units may be taken as special study (798). No more than 12 units taken at the 500-level may count toward the degree.

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