Strategic Media Communications (Mass Communications)

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Graduate Catalog: Mass Communications

  • Admission requirements
  • Program details
  • Course descriptions

Application Deadlines

Department: Mass Communications

Program Coordinator:
Dr. Roya Akhavan
rakhavan@stcloudstate.ed

I completed my masters in Mass Communications at SCSU and I was a graduate assistant for the University Programming Board (UPB). Not only did my program give me a great experience, but my graduate assistantship prepared me for the workforce. I really gained the skills and competencies with UPB.

- Kristy Modrow-Ullah

Program Overview

The mission of the master's program at SCSU (Minnesota's second largest university) is to offer students the educational and experiential background to become outstanding professionals and leaders in the field of mass communication. Our master's program is nationally accredited by ACEJMC. This is a professionally oriented program with a theoretical foundation. Faculty members with extensive professional and international experience teach courses in advertising, public relations, communication theory, international communication, communication research, media convergence, and diversity in mass media.

Our graduate faculty members combine impressive academic credentials with doctoral degrees, extensive professional experience and exceptional international experience. Many of our professors lecture and consult around the world and/or conduct international research as Fulbright scholars and as applicant researchers.

Students in the master’s program include professionals working in the field of mass communication, recent college graduates who want to further their education in mass communications or who want to enter the field, and professionals working in other fields who want to work in mass communication. 

Accreditation Specific to the Program

The Department of Mass Communications is nationally accredited by the Accrediting Council for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC).

Admission Information

  • The undergraduate GPA is closely reviewed in the admission decision.
  • Admission decisions are made throughout the year as completed application files are received. Students may be admitted for fall, spring and summer terms. 

Length of Program - Measured by Semesters

  • Part-time student: seven-eight semesters taking six credits per semester.
  • Full-time student: three semesters taking 12 credits per semester. 

Graduate Assistantship Overview

  • Five graduate assistantship positions are generally sponsored each year, and are available both fall and spring semesters.
  • Currently, three types of assistantships are available:
    • Graduate assistants for SCSU’s radio and TV stations.
    • Research assistants for assisting mass communication faculty members in their research.
    • Teaching assistants for assisting mass communication faculty. Qualified graduate students who would like to enter the teaching profession may be assigned to teach an introductory course if so desired.