Degrees Available at SIUE
• Master of Science in Mass Communications
• Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Media Literacy
Mass Communications at SIUE
The Department of Mass Communications offers a graduate program leading to the master of science degree in mass communications. Our program is designed for students who wish to concentrate in professional media practice (media message design, and media policy and management) or media studies (media and politics, media influence, media ethics, media literacy, transnational media, and media and representation). These concentration areas reflect the expertise of the department’s graduate faculty, and thus enable students to attain high levels of competence in pragmatic considerations in media, theoretical sophistication and research design.
The mass communications’ MS program maintains an enrollment of about 30 students. This size assures small class sizes (normally about 8-15), personalized program advising from the graduate program director based on a student’s career goals, and well as a close working relationship with the graduate thesis/final project committee.
Students typically begin courses in August at the beginning of the fall semester and can finish their program as early as the following fall. However, admission to the program is open all year and applications are assessed for acceptance as they arrive.
To assure that students will be able to apply the degree to their professional and intellectual goals, the program stresses a foundation in:
- Mass communication theory
- Qualitative and qualitative research methods of mass communication
- Design, production and application of media messages
This core focus of our curriculum is pivotal for what practitioners in the field might need as well as what doctoral program selection committees look for when evaluating students for their programs. In short, these three core areas of curriculum concentration combine to foster:
• Critical thinking;
• The ability to communicate clearly, both written and oral;
• Understanding the relations between theory and research;
• The development of independent and original research;
• The analysis of issues relevant to investigation.
Recent graduates from the program have applied their degree professionally in television journalism, advertising, public relations, sports marketing and public policy, or have gone on to pursue law and doctoral degrees.
In addition to the requirements of the Graduate School, students applying to the graduate program in Mass Communications must have the following: Undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale), three letters of recommendation, Department of Mass Communications application, and a statement of purpose.
Students with undergraduate majors in fields other than mass communications will be considered for admission, provided that their statement of purpose, as contained in the Mass Communications Department Graduate Program Application, shows the relationship between the undergraduate major and the MS program in mass communications. Students lacking sufficient undergraduate preparation (as determined by the Director of Graduate Studies), will be required to take up to three prerequisite courses (nine hours) that will not count toward the graduate degree. With permission from the Director of Graduate Studies, these courses may be taken concurrently with those toward the MS degree.
Following admission, each student should make an appointment with the graduate program director for initial advisement.
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