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M.A. Media and Communications

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Influence the present and shape the future with a master’s in Media and Communications from Norfolk State University.
Norfolk State University
Master of Arts in Media and Communications

If you’re ready to lead in your field, a graduate degree in Media and Communications studies from Norfolk State University will equip you with the knowledge, skills, tools and experience you need to stand out and get ahead. Build on foundational media communications coursework and develop the practical skills you need for career advancement. You’ll work with experienced faculty to develop the research skills needed to analyze trends to remain on the cutting edge of the field. Our curriculum prepares you to leverage the power of emerging media to share stories that matter to your organization, community and the world. You can choose to focus on managing teams and media or sharpen your journalism skills to take the next step in your career.

Choose a path that aligns with your career goals

The media industry is broad, but we let you focus on the competencies you need for your specific professional goals. Our Media Management sequence is designed for professionals seeking an advanced career in media administration. If you prefer to enhance your skills in the journalism field, then the Journalism sequence focused on news editorial management or public relations may be right for you. NSU is one of the best colleges for media and communications — you can feel confident that your degree will prepare you for a successful career in whichever path you choose. 

M.A. Media and Communications Degree at a Glance

  • Average Class Size: 20
  • Formats Offered: In Person, Online
  • Total Credit Hours: 30

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Why Study Media and Communications at NSU? 

At NSU, we prepare media practitioners who are ready to lead. When you pursue our Media and Communications studies, we’ll challenge you to examine both theory and application for a deeper understanding of media and communications and its role in this world. Through engaging lectures and mentorship from faculty with professional experience and internship opportunities to apply your learnings in a professional setting, you’ll be ready to take on a leadership role at your current organization or pursue new opportunities. See why NSU is among the best colleges for media and communications graduate study.

Individualize your learning experience

Our Media and Communications degree offers two focus areas that allow you to tailor your education based on your career goals. Choose a Media Management or Journalism focus and further customize with electives that align with your interests. Your internship and/or thesis allows you to further explore topics and professions that are important to you.

Get hands-on experience in your field

Utilize the tools needed for a career in media and journalism and complete an internship for practical experience while further developing your skills. You are also invited to participate in student chapters of professional media organizations like the National Association of Black Journalists, Hampton Roads Black Media Professionals, the National Association of Broadcasters and the Public Relations Society of America for learning and network opportunities outside the classroom. Together, these experiences ensure you’re ready for a variety of jobs in media and communications upon graduation.

Access first-class facilities

The best colleges for media and communications are known for outstanding facilities. NSU’s on-campus television and radio station studios are well-equipped with the latest technology to facilitate your Media and Communications studies and provide hands-on experience with the tools and equipment used in communications. As a Media and Communications studies student, you can choose to complete an on-campus internship where you’ll use this technology in a real-world setting.

What Courses Will I Take as a Media and Communications Student?

All graduate students pursuing Media and Communications studies at NSU take the same three core courses:

  • Media Research
  • Media Theory
  • Media Law

Then you will take three more classes related to your chosen track, as well as electives and either a thesis or internship. View the Graduate Academic Catalog  for a list of the specific courses needed for your Media and Communications degree.

Choose a thesis or internship

At the end of your program, you’ll complete either a thesis or an internship to demonstrate your new competencies. If you are pursuing a new career in the media field from a different educational background, an internship would be a great choice to apply your learnings in a real-world setting while building your professional network. If you are already working in the field, a thesis project would allow you to tie together your learnings while addressing a real-life challenge.
 

Where Will My Media and Communications Master’s Degree Take Me? 

As a graduate student, you’ll develop analytical and communication skills that set you up for success in a variety of jobs in media and communications. Our media and communications degree offers a solid foundation that can be applied to a career in media, government, academia, marketing or nonprofit work.

Our graduates are employed in a variety of jobs in media and communications, including:

  • Journalist
  • News anchor
  • News reporter
  • Marketing specialist
  • Actor
  • Television and radio producer
  • Film director
  • University professor


Career outlook in media and communications

Jobs in media and communications are growing at a faster rate than other industries, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. While salary ranges depend on the specific role within the field, this source suggests communications and media workers can expect an average annual salary over $60,000.

How Do I Get Started in the Media and Communications Master’s Program at NSU?

If you want to earn your degree from one of the best colleges for media and communications, get started by submitting your application today. We invite students from a variety of backgrounds to apply for our M.A. Media and Communications degree program. While our program is designed for mid-career media professionals, it can also help you launch a new career in the field. To apply, simply submit your graduate application online, along with supplemental materials such as transcripts showing your earned bachelor’s degree. Contact our Office of Graduate Studies if you have any questions about the application process.

We know that financing your education is an important consideration. Our Financial Aid Office is available to help you explore options such as scholarships, grants and work-study opportunities, as well as federal aid like student loans.
 

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Accreditation for Media and Communications at NSU

As a mark of one of the nation’s best colleges for media and communications, Norfolk State University’s Mass Communications and Journalism Department is certified by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC).

NSU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees.