Journalism and Mass Communication (MA; MA-Non Thesis)
The focus of the M.A. degree program is on theory, research, and decision making within mass media industries and within the academic discipline of mass communication and its specialty fields of advertising, journalism, public relations, and telecommunications.
The graduate studies program of the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication offers two graduate degrees for students preparing for professional and academic careers: the Master of Arts degree and the Doctor of Philosophy degree.
The M.A. program emphasizes the integration of mass communication theory, research methods, decision making, and critical thinking and provides preparation for further study and/or for careers in advertising, journalism, mass media studies, public relations, and telecommunications.
Applicants accepted for the master’s programs and Ph.D. program begin their program in the fall semester. Admission is based on undergraduate grade point average, the results of the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE), a statement of purpose, and letters of recommendation, as well as previous professional experience and scholarly work.
Anyone holding a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is eligible to apply for admission to the master’s programs. The program is open both to students with undergraduate majors in journalism and mass communication and to those who have majored in other areas. Master’s students without backgrounds in journalism and mass communication may be required to take 9 or more credit hours of undergraduate-level foundation courses before registering for more than 6 hours of graduate courses. If not previously completed, a course in statistics is also required.