Journalism and Mass Communication - M.A.

College of Communication and Information
School of Journalism and Mass Communication
201 Franklin Hall
Kent Campus
330-672-2572
jmc@kent.edu
www.kent.edu/jmc


Description

The Master of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communication is designed to give students a solid background in preparation for a professional or academic career. Courses are dynamic, challenging and professionally relevant. With small class sizes, students are able to learn from their professors and from the experiences of their fellow classmates; many of whom are working media professionals. As one of two nationally accredited journalism schools in the State of Ohio, Kent State's School of Journalism and Mass Communication provides its students with a strong foundation to achieve their future goals in the rapidly changing media industry.

The Journalism and Mass Communication major comprises the following concentrations:

  • Media Management concentration provides a stimulating and challenging environment in which students can learn the principles of effective management from professors who are accomplished both professionally and academically.
  • Public Relations concentration accommodates the needs of students who wish to pursue a management-level career at an in-house marketing communication or public relations department or at a public relations or integrated marketing communications agency.
  • Reporting/Editing: Journalism Educators concentration caters to those who want to teach high school journalism. By offering hands-on, engaging courses (such as reporting public affairs, computer-assisted reporting, online journalism, legal problems for mass media and design for cybermedia), the program readies students to better prepare their students upon graduation.
  • Reporting/Editing: Broadcasting concentration focuses on educating students who want to become reporters or producers of broadcast content. Curriculum covers broadcast documentary, advanced broadcast news and online journalism.
  • Reporting/Editing: Magazine concentration is for students who want to become writers, editors or magazine publishers. Curriculum focuses on magazine publishing, feature writing and specialized reporting and design.
  • The Reporting/Editing: Newspaper concentration is for students who want to become writers or editors for traditional newspapers and their online units. The curriculum covers reporting public policy, computer-assisted reporting and specialized reporting.
  • The Reporting/Editing: Convergence concentration is for students who want to become content providers for traditional and online media companies, across all platforms. This concentration features a combination of elements, including reporting public policy, computer-assisted reporting and design, along with online journalism and collaborative online production.

Fully Offered At:

  • Online (Reporting/Editing: Journalism Educators concentration only)
  • Kent Campus

Admission Requirements

  • Official transcript(s)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • GRE scores (may be waived for applicants with significant professional experience, as determined by the graduate studies committee)
  • Goal statement and statement of desired concentration
  • Résumé or vitae

English Language Proficiency Requirements for International Students: All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning a minimum 587 TOEFL score (94 on the Internet-based version), minimum 82 MELAB score, minimum 7.0 IELTS score or minimum 65 PTE Academic score. For more information on international admission, visit the Office of Global Education’s admission websiteEffective spring 2018.

For more information about graduate admissions, please visit the Graduate Studies website.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Communicate effectively across multiple platforms.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of relevant ethical and legal frameworks in their disciplines. 
  3. Ground their professional work in relevant theories. 
  4. Represent high levels of professionalism.

Program Requirements

Major Requirements

Major Requirements
JMC 60000INTRODUCTION TO GRADUATE STUDIES IN JOURNALISM AND MASS COMMUNICATION 3
JMC 60001THEORY OF MASS COMMUNICATION 13
JMC 60002LEGAL PROBLEMS IN MASS COMMUNICATION 23
JMC 60003ETHICS OF MASS COMMUNICATION 33
JMC 60007RESEARCH METHODS IN MASS COMMUNICATION 43
Culminating Experience, choose from the following:6
THESIS I
MASTER'S PROFESSIONAL PROJECT 5
and coursework from concentration
Concentrations
Choose from the following:15-19
Minimum Total Credit Hours:36-40
1

Students declared in the Public Relations concentration may take JMC 68000 in place of JMC 60001.

2

Students declared in the Public Relations concentration may take JMC 50016 in place of JMC 60002.

3

Students declared in the Public Relations concentration may take JMC 68006 in place of JMC 60003.

4

Students declared in the Public Relations concentration may take JMC 68008 in place of JMC 60007.

5

Students who select JMC 60396 for their culminating experience must take an additional coursework to meet the minimum credit hours for graduation.

Graduation Requirements

  • Minimum 50 percent of coursework must be at the 60000 level and must have JMC course subject.
  • Maximum 4 credit hours of workshop courses (xxx93) may count toward the degree.

Media Management Concentration Requirements

[CI-MA-JMC-MEDM]

Concentration Requirements
JMC 50015MEDIA MARKETPLACE 3
JMC 60015ADVANCED MEDIA MANAGEMENT 3
Management/Marketing Elective, choose from the following:3
SPECIAL TOPICS SEMINAR 1
PUBLIC RELATIONS MANAGEMENT
Marketing Upper-Division Course (MKTG 50000 or 60000 level)
Media Management Electives, choose from the following:6
INTERNSHIP IN JOURNALISM AND MASS COMMUNICATION
Other electives in relevant discipline areas approved by a student’s advisor
Minimum Total Credit Hours:15
1

For JMC 60195, students should see advisor for appropriate topic(s). 

Public Relations Concentration Requirements

[CI-MA-JMC-PR]

Concentration Requirements
JMC 68001PUBLIC RELATIONS MANAGEMENT 3
Public Relations Electives, choose from the following:12
MEDIA RELATIONS AND PUBLICITY
DIGITAL PUBLIC RELATIONS
INTERNSHIP IN JOURNALISM AND MASS COMMUNICATION
SOCIAL MEDIA AND PUBLIC RELATIONS
STRATEGIC WRITING AND MESSAGING IN PUBLIC RELATIONS
Other electives in relevant discipline areas approved by a student’s advisor
Minimum Total Credit Hours:15

Reporting/Editing - Broadcast Concentration Requirements

[CI-MA-JMC-REBR]

Concentration Requirements
JMC 50004COMPUTER-ASSISTED REPORTING 3
JMC 56009REPORTING PUBLIC POLICY 3
JMC 56052ADVANCED BROADCAST REPORTING 3
JMC 60195SPECIAL TOPICS SEMINAR 13
JMC 66092INTERNSHIP IN JOURNALISM AND MASS COMMUNICATION 21
Broadcast Electives, choose from the following:3
ONLINE JOURNALISM
BROADCAST DOCUMENTARY
SOCIAL ROLE OF THE MASS MEDIA
SPECIAL TOPICS SEMINAR
Minimum Total Credit Hours:16
1

For JMC 60195, students should see advisor for appropriate topic(s).

2

Internship may be waived if a student has relevant and significant professional experience and approval from faculty.

Professional Prerequisite Courses

The following classes should be taken by students without significant professional news experience as directed by the academic advisor or graduate coordinator. Credit hours for the courses do not count toward the degree program, but the grades do for JMC 50002 and JMC 55051.

JMC 22002VIDEOGRAPHY BASICS 1
JMC 50002REPORTING FOR MASS MEDIA 3
JMC 55051REPORTING BROADCAST NEWS 3

Reporting/Editing - Convergence Concentration Requirements

[CI-MA-JMC-RECN]

Concentration Requirements
JMC 50012ONLINE JOURNALISM 3
JMC 55051REPORTING BROADCAST NEWS 3
JMC 56009REPORTING PUBLIC POLICY 3
JMC 60195SPECIAL TOPICS SEMINAR 13
JMC 66092INTERNSHIP IN JOURNALISM AND MASS COMMUNICATION 21
Convergence Electives, choose from the following:3
COMPUTER-ASSISTED REPORTING
ADVANCED BROADCAST REPORTING
BROADCAST DOCUMENTARY
SOCIAL ROLE OF THE MASS MEDIA
SPECIAL TOPICS SEMINAR 1
Other electives in relevant discipline areas approved by a student’s advisor
Minimum Total Credit Hours:16
1

For JMC 60195, students should see advisor for appropriate topic(s).

2

Internship may be waived if a student has relevant and significant professional experience and approval from faculty.

Professional Prerequisite Courses

The following classes should be taken by students without significant professional news experience as directed by the academic advisor or graduate coordinator. Credit hours the courses do not count toward the degree program, but the grades do for JMC 50002 and JMC 50003.

JMC 22002VIDEOGRAPHY BASICS 1
JMC 50002REPORTING FOR MASS MEDIA 3
JMC 50003EDITING FOR MASS MEDIA 3

Reporting/Editing -Journalism Educators Concentration Requirements

[CI-MA-JMC-REJO]

Concentration Requirements
JMC 50002REPORTING FOR MASS MEDIA 3
JMC 50015MEDIA MARKETPLACE 3
JMC 60195SPECIAL TOPICS SEMINAR 13
Journalism Educators Electives, choose from the following:6
EDITORIAL WRITING
TEACHING BROADCAST JOURNALISM
TEACHING PHOTO EDITING
TEACHING NEWS DESIGN
TEACHING PHOTOJOURNALISM
ADVISING YEARBOOK
SPECIAL TOPICS SEMINAR 1
Minimum Total Credit Hours:15
1

For JMC 60195, students should see advisor for appropriate topic(s).

Reporting/Editing - Magazine Concentration Requirements

[CI-MA-JMC-REMA]

Concentration Requirements
JMC 56016BUSINESS OF PUBLISHING 3
JMC 56018FEATURE WRITING 3
JMC 60021LITERARY JOURNALISM 3
or JMC 66010 SPECIALIZED REPORTING
JMC 66092INTERNSHIP IN JOURNALISM AND MASS COMMUNICATION 11
Magazine Electives, choose from the following:6
COMPUTER-ASSISTED REPORTING
ONLINE JOURNALISM
REPORTING PUBLIC POLICY
MAGAZINE DESIGN
SOCIAL ROLE OF THE MASS MEDIA
LITERARY JOURNALISM
SPECIALIZED REPORTING
Other electives in relevant discipline areas approved by a student’s advisor
Minimum Total Credit Hours:16
1

Internship may be waived if a student has relevant and significant professional experience and approval from faculty.

Professional Prerequisite Courses

The following classes should be taken by students without significant professional news experience as directed by the academic advisor or graduate coordinator. Credit hours for the courses do not count toward the degree program, but the grade for JMC 50003 does.

JMC 22002VIDEOGRAPHY BASICS 1
JMC 50003EDITING FOR MASS MEDIA 3
VCD 37000VISUAL DESIGN FOR MEDIA: ADVANCED 3
 

Reporting/Editing - Newspaper Concentration Requirements

[CI-MA-JMC-RENE]

Concentration Requirements
JMC 50004COMPUTER-ASSISTED REPORTING 3
JMC 56009REPORTING PUBLIC POLICY 3
JMC 56018FEATURE WRITING 3
JMC 56021ADVANCED MAGAZINE WRITING 3
or JMC 66010 SPECIALIZED REPORTING
JMC 66092INTERNSHIP IN JOURNALISM AND MASS COMMUNICATION 11
Newspaper Electives, choose from the following:6
ONLINE JOURNALISM
BUSINESS OF PUBLISHING
MAGAZINE DESIGN
ADVANCED MAGAZINE WRITING
SOCIAL ROLE OF THE MASS MEDIA
SPECIALIZED REPORTING
Other electives in relevant discipline areas approved by a student’s advisor
Minimum Total Credit Hours:19
1

Internship may be waived if a student has relevant and significant professional experience and approval from faculty.

Professional Prerequisite Courses

The following classes should be taken by students. without significant professional news experience as directed by the academic advisor or graduate coordinator. Credit hours do not count toward the degree program, but the grades do.

JMC 50002REPORTING FOR MASS MEDIA 3
JMC 50003EDITING FOR MASS MEDIA 3