Graduate Programs of Study
Our graduate program offers online and on-campus classes, so you can mix and match to get the education that’s perfect for you. Our master’s specializations in Professional Journalism or Integrated Media Communications are available entirely online.
PR & Social Media Graduate Certificate
Introducing our new online PR & Social Media Graduate Certificate. The certificate includes four courses in advertising, public relations, social media and analytics that can be completed in one year.
Master of Arts Programs
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 two specializations:
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 may 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.
Graduate Chair & Jerry & Karla Huse Professor of News-Editorial