Stephen F. Austin State University

M.A. in Mass Communication

Master of Arts in Mass Communication

Master of Arts in Mass Communication

The mission of the Master of Arts in Mass Communication is to prepare students for careers in the existing and emerging media industry and/or to prepare students to pursue studies toward a doctorate. Depending upon courses selected, the M.A. in Mass Communication will prepare students for careers in the fields of journalism, strategic communication (advertising and public relations), and electronic communication in the twenty-first-century.

Particularly, students graduating with a M.A. in Mass Communication will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a comprehension of theories central to the mass communication discipline.
  2. Understand, design, and conduct research in mass communication.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of legal and ethical principles that guide media industry decisions.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of the historical context and societal implications of the media industry.
  5. Demonstrate a comprehension of evolving trends in the media industry and learn to think critically about the media's role in a global market.

Admission Requirements

  1. Students must have at least a cumulative GPA of 2.5 for all undergraduate work or 2.8 GPA on the last 60 hours of undergraduate work completed, excluding freshmen level classes.
  2. Students must provide a thorough, thought provoking essay on their future goals and their expectations from the program.

Admission to Candidacy

The M.A. in Mass Communication program is designed to meet the specific objectives of each student. It takes into consideration the nature of previous undergraduate work and post-graduate work completed, as well as any professional and related occupational experience. The proposed graduate program must be approved by meeting with the graduate faculty after the student has completed twelve (12) semester hours and before the student completes eighteen (18) semester hours before being considered a candidate for the M.A. in Mass Communication.