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M.A. Media and Communications

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Master of Arts in Media and Communications

The program leading to the Master of Arts in Media and Communications offers three (3) sequences: interpersonal communication , mass communications and journalism. For more information on these sequences, see pages 79-82 of the Graduate Catalog.


Admission to the program leading to a Master of Arts in Media and Communications may be admitted on a degree or non-degree basis. To be admitted as a possible degree candidate, a student must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with an overall academic average of 2.75 (based on a 4.0 scale), and have a 3.0 average in his/her major field of study from an accredited college or university. A personal interview may be required. Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores are required if the overall academic average is below 2.65 and should be sent to the Program Coordinator.

A student who otherwise meets all of the general requirements for admission but whose overall undergraduate academic average falls below the required 2.75 yet exceeds 2.49 (based on a 4.0 scale), may be accepted on provisional status and may take up to nine credit hours in the program, as a non-degree student. Upon completing the first nine hours of approved graduate work with a 3.0 or above average, the student may petition the Master of Arts in Media and Communications Graduate Admissions Committee for regular admission to the program as a degree seeking student.

Re-admission: Re-admission to the program is not automatic. After an absence of one semester, a former student must apply to the Graduate School for re-admission to the program and follow the regular re-admission procedure. In lieu of the re-admission process, a student may maintain his/her matriculation status by enrolling in a continuous registration course and paying the appropriate fee.

Non-Degree Status: A person with a baccalaureate degree and who seeks to take particular courses but not work toward a graduate degree on a matriculating basis may be admitted in a non-degree status. The student may at a later date apply for admission to degree status. A change in status does not imply, however, that course work completed in the non-degree status will be automatically accepted and applied to degree requirements.