The Department of Mass Communications

A mass communications degree will prepare you for a career in media, whether your dream job is anchoring the evening news, breaking a big news story or creating a national advertising campaign.

Our accredited, award-winning department is the Midwest’s premier media program, with a high job placement rate.

You can specialize in advertising, journalism, public relations or television or radio broadcast.

The Department of Mass Communications, nationally accredited by the Accrediting Council for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC), offers a Master of Science in Mass Communications, with specialization in either advertising and public relations or a general track.

Among the program's distinguishing features are its state-of-the-art facilities and emphasis on hands-on professional experience. 

Each year, our student-run media win major state, regional and national awards, including Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence, Associated Press, and Minnesota Newspaper Association awards. In 2007, UTVS Television News surpassed all programs in the nation to win an Emmy Award and in 2008 UTVS News won first place at the national SPJ awards. In 2011 UTVS News took home another Emmy and won 1st Place for Best College Newscast in the Nation at B.E.A.
"The department has a variety of classes, and most of those classes are very practical and give you an idea of what you can do in your profession. The professors are experienced in current technology, and they pass that experience on to students."
Peter Juma '06, '08
BS in Public Relations; Masters in Communications

The undergraduate and graduate programs are nationally accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC).

Mass Communications is the third-largest major on campus, with an average of  375 majors and 50 minors in the undergraduate program. The master’s program enrolls approximately 30 full-time and part-time students.



The mission of the Department of Mass Communications is to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to become socially responsible, professionally successful mass media communicators.

To achieve the mission the program provides:

  • A major and minor curriculum grounded in the liberal arts and sciences that includes core instruction in principles of mass media and society with appropriate professional training in the practices and techniques of the mass media institutions and industries;
  • A well-qualified faculty committed to teaching, scholarship and creative productivity germane to the discipline;
  • A program with a solid reputation for excellence in providing professional education and service to the region and state of Minnesota;
  • An institutional ethos that promotes fairness, equality, diversity and ethical practice in all aspects of the departmental culture.


Board of Visitors

To help the program ensure that it is providing the most relevant and up-to-date education for our students, the department has partnered with top leaders and professionals in the various disciplines of mass communications. Having access to working professionals and innovators in the field allows the program to not only keep up with the latest development within mass communications, but look to the future and develop cutting edge curriculum to make our students as competitive in a fast changing media environment.

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National accreditation

Accreditation by ACEJMC distinguishes St. Cloud State's Department of Mass Communications is one of the Midwest's top programs.

The graduate program is Minnesota's only ACEJMC-accredited program, and the undergraduate program is one of only two in the state.

What, exactly, does ACEJMC accreditation mean?

ACEJMC is the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, which evaluates professional journalism and mass communications programs in colleges and universities.

Every six years, St. Cloud State's department conducts a self-assessment and is visited by an accreditation team for evaluation in nine different areas, including

  • Curriculum and instruction
  • Diversity and inclusiveness
  • Resources, facilities and equipment
  • Student services

The department's ACEJMC accreditation assures our students they are getting an outstanding education. It also has earned the department respect in the media industry, where our students have a reputation for being well-trained, well-educated and ready to excel professionally.

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