Graduate Programs of Study

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CoJMC Graduate Program

The M.A. in journalism and mass communications at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln was first offered in 1974 when the Nebraska Legislature approved an amendment to a bill directing the School of Journalism to begin offering graduate courses by 1976. At the present time, the M.A. in journalism and mass communications has three areas of specialization.

The M.A. degree in Journalism and Mass Communications is designed to build or enhance professional knowledge, skills and leadership in journalism and mass communications. The interdisciplinary curriculum combines up-to-date knowledge with practical application and individualized experience. Students can choose from the following three specializations:

Integrated Media Communications

Integrated Media Communications (IMC)

The integrated media communications (IMC) specialization was designed for early-career professionals who want to enhance their skills in a rapidly changing media environment in the context of advertising and public relations. The IMC specialization is available on campus and online. This specialization is offered in conjunction with the University of Nebraska-Kearney.

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Media Studies

Media Studies

The media studies specialization accommodates the needs of students who seek theoretical knowledge in journalism and mass communications. Students in this specialization will learn how to conduct scholarly research in preparation for an academic career. Students can customize the program of studies to fit their area of interest, including print, broadcast, and digital journalism, as well as advertising and public relations. This specialization is available on campus and online.

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Professional Journalism

Professional Journalism

The professional journalism specialization was designed for working journalists who want to enhance their skills and knowledge in the digital media world. Instead of specializing in a particular medium, students will learn how to produce and analyze news and information across multiple platforms. This specialization is available on campus and online.

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Information About the Graduate Program

  • Students entering the program without a bachelors degree from an accredited program in journalism and mass communications may be admitted with a provisional status and will be required to complete some undergraduate journalism coursework in addition to the graduate courses. These courses may not be available online.
  • An applicant's professional experience will be considered by the Journalism and Mass Communications Graduate Committee in determining the specific courses required to provide a background necessary to qualify for study in the master of arts.
  • Admission to a degree program must be gained prior to the accumulation of six hours required under each of the degree options.
  • Some of the graduate-level hours taken by non-degree students with post-baccalaureate status prior to admission to the degree program may be included in the program at the discretion of the Graduate Chair.
  • Students are responsible for meeting requirements as stated in the NU Graduate Studies bulletin at the time of admission to the program.
  • The work required for a master's degree must be completed within 10 consecutive calendar years.
  • A student not registered for at least one hour of graduate credit in at least two or three consecutive sessions (fall, spring and a summer session) will be considered inactive and must request reinstatement by Graduate Studies.


Laurie Thomas Lee, Ph.D.
Graduate Chair & Professor
308 Andersen

Jodi Bergstrom
Graduate Program Assistant
147 Andersen

Graduate Studies
1100 Seaton Hall
Lincoln, NE 68588-0619
402.472.0589 (fax)