Media Communications (MA)


2014-2015 GRADUATE STUDIES CATALOG
Effective June 1, 2014

Current catalog information can be found in the 2013-14 Catalog (PDF)

This program offered by School of Communications

Program Description

The master of arts (MA) degree in media communications is for students who have both an interest and background in communications.

All students entering this program are required to consult with a School of Communications academic advisor prior to registration. Qualifications and required prerequisite courses will be discussed at this time. Qualifications include a strong educational background in their intended area of graduate communications study or professional experience in their area of interest. Students without a strong educational background or experience in the communications field are required to enroll in 6 credit hours of prerequisite course work. The selection of prerequisites will depend on each student’s area of academic interest in communications and should be approved by a School of Communications academic advisor.

Students must earn a grade of “B” or better in the prerequisite courses before they are allowed to enroll in graduate courses. The prerequisite courses are not counted toward the 36 credit hours required for the degree, nor are they considered as part of the credit hours required for advancement to candidacy.

This degree is also available online. Online courses require excellent organizational skills, self-direction, and motivation to master the challenges of this learning environment.

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Learning Outcomes

Successful graduates of this program will be able to:

    • Understand the breadth of media communications;
    • Examine media using multiple perspectives;
    • Examine media in multiple contexts: cultural, economic, political, etc.;
    • Look at media as product, process, and commentary;
    • Apply qualitative and quantitative research methodologies;
    • Apply research strategies to analyze media.

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Program Curriculum

The 36 credit hours required for the MA in media communications degree must include the following courses (21 credit hours):

  • MEDC 5000 Media Communications (Requisite Course) (3 hours)
  • MEDC 5310 Media and Culture (3 hours)
  • MEDC 5350 Media Organization and Regulations (3 hours)
  • MEDC 5360 International Communications (3 hours)
  • MEDC 5400 Media Production Management (3 hours)
  • MEDC 6000 Seminar in Media Communications (3 hours)
  • MEDC Elective (3 hours)
    One additional core course from MEDC electives, as determined through consultation with an academic advisor

In addition to the seven core courses, students can choose elective courses offered in the other School of Communications majors. Courses from program curricula outside the School of Communications may be considered, if appropriate and approved in advance using a program option request form. Students taking courses that are a part of their approved curriculum and that are from outside of the School of Communications should verify prerequisites with the appropriate school or college.

MEDC 5000 Media Communications is the requisite course in the media communications program. It examines communications theory and its application to mass media, as well as introduces students to the graduate program, describes program expectations, and discusses academic preparation for MEDC 6000 Seminar in Media Communications. Therefore, students must take this course even if they have academic or professional experience in media communications.

The required courses and electives listed may be taken as directed studies, subject to the conditions stated in the Directed Studies section listed under Academic Policies and Procedures and approved by the director of Graduate Studies and the dean of the School of Communications.

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Admission

Students who are interested in applying to this degree program should see the Admission Section of this catalog for general requirements.

Send all admission materials to:

Office of Admissions
Webster University
470 E. Lockwood Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63119

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