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Online MS Mass Media Arts and Journalism

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Program Objectives

In the 21st century, an advanced degree is a prerequisite for the best jobs in the communications marketplace. The Online Master of Science in Mass Media Arts and Journalism at Clarion University will enhance your intellectual and practical skills, and boost your marketability in this fast-growing career field.


Offered through Clarion University's Virtual Campus, this 36-credit program is designed for individuals pursuing careers in public relations, corporate communication, media management, journalism, and other mass media-related fields. It also provides a solid foundation for graduates seeking to enter doctoral programs.


Through the Online Master of Science in Mass Media Arts and Journalism, you can earn your graduate degree in approximately two years. The program is intended for busy adults who cannot travel to campus due to distance, job commitments or family responsibilities.

 

 


 

Admission Requirements

Graduate Studies admission requirements apply with the following additions:

  • Applicants for full admission must have earned an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

  • Admission on a provisional basis may be granted if the applicant's GPA is at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale and a raw score of 45 or above is achieved on the Miller Analogies Test or a combined GRE score of 1,000. Degree status may be obtained upon completion of 12 semester hours with a minimum of 3.0 average.

  • All applicants must submit a statement of purpose.

  • All applicants must have access to a computer with reliable Internet capability. 

  • For non-native applicants: submit TOEFL scores of 600 or above.

  • Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to meet with the department chair before admission to the program.

 


 

Degree Requirements

To fulfill the degree requirements for graduation, the student must complete 36 semester hours, including required courses, with a QPA of 3.00 or better on a 4.00 scale. Passing grade is "C" or above. There is also a media writing competency for which MMAJ 140: Writing for Media may be required if sufficient background is not obtained through previous course work or experience as demonstrated through portfolio or testing. This decision will be made in consultation with your advisor.

 


 

Transfer Credits

A maximum of nine semester hours of graduate course work may be transferred toward the degree. These hours must come from an accredited institution and must have a grade of "B" or better.

 


 

Requirements for Graduation

The following courses are required of all students graduating with a Master of Science degree in Mass Media Arts and Journalism.

MMAJ 525: MASS COMMUNICATION THEORY, 3 s.h.
MMAJ 551: PUBLIC RELATIONS FOUNDATIONS, 3 s.h.
MMAJ 552: JOURNALISM FOUNDATION, 2 s.h.
MMAJ 558: SOCIETY, LAW, AND MEDIA TECHNOLOGY, 3 s.h.
MMAJ 559: MANAGEMENT OF THE COMMUNICATION PROCESS, 3 s.h.
MMAJ 621: MASS COMMUNICATION RESEARCH, 3 s.h.
MMAJ 641: PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION WRITING, 3 s.h., or
MMAJ 643: ADVANCED PUBLIC RELATIONS WRITING, 3 s.h.

Choose one:
MMAJ or CMST 500/600-level course in focused area of interest

Choose one:
MMAJ 700: THESIS (by permission of graduate faculty), 6 s.h.
No comprehensive exam required.

MMAJ 701: COMMUNICATION INTERNSHIP, 6 s.h.
No comprehensive exam required.

MMAJ 702: COMMUNICATION PORTFOLIO, 6 s.h.
No comprehensive exam is required.

ELECTIVES, 6 s.h.
TOTAL 36 s.h.

 

Students must file for candidacy at the end of their second semester, specifying a three-member committee and an elective course schedule. At least two of the three members of the committee should be faculty from the Department of Communication. Committee members must have graduate faculty status.

 


 

Electives

Select from among 400/600-level MMAJ or CMST graduate courses; only one 400-level course may be taken. Please note that the 400-level couse taken for undergraduate credit cannot be repeated for graduate credit.

 


 

Placement

Placement of past graduates has been excellent in business, industry, public relations, broadcasting, corporate communication, education, training and development, and doctoral and specialist programs.

 


 

Advisement

Students are assigned an advisor upon entering the program and may change advisors as they develop their area of interest if so inclined. It is the student's responsibility to make arrangements to meet with their advisor.In all cases, the responsibility of meeting the stated requirements of the master's degree lies with the student.



 

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate assistants are employed in the Department of Communication in such areas as broadcasting, multimedia production, journalism, and departmental program management. These assistantships usually require 10 or 20 hours of work per week, for which partial or full tuition is waived and a small bi-weekly stipend is paid. Assistantships run from September to May; no student may be employed in more than one assistantship. Awards are made as vacancies exist, and are based on the applicant's professional qualifications as shown in transcripts, resume, and portfolio of work samples. A personal interview is desirable.


Applicants for graduate assistantships must complete the regular admission procedure, then file a letter of application with the chair of the Department of Communication. Applications for graduate assistant positions should be received no later than May 1.

 


 

Physical Facilities

The Department of Communication, housed in Becker Hall and Marwick-Boyd Fine Arts Building, offers outstanding physical facilities. In addition to modern classrooms, students have access to:

Digital video post-production lab
Publication design studio
Multimedia studio
Music production studio
Non-linear video editing suite
Modern television studio
1000-watt FM radio broadcasting station
Digital audio production suite

 

Online Graduate Certificate in Public Relations

Program Objectives

The Graduate Certificate in Public Relations is a 15-credit, on-line graduate-level program designed primarily for public relations professionals, business owners, nonprofit managers, and others who have earned bachelor's degrees. It is intended for those who need to update their skills or gain formal training in this fast-growing profession. Students who complete this program will be qualified to work as public relations assistants, managers, and executives.  Coursework covers public relations theory; media relations; writing; cases and campaigns; professional ethics and law; leadership; and related principles of advertising and marketing.

 


 

Admission Requirements

Individuals seeking admission to the Online Certificate in Public Relations program must meet Graduate Studies admission requirements and:

  • have earned an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

  • admission on a provisional basis may be granted if the applicant's GPA is at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale and a raw score of 45 or above is achieved on the Miller Analogies Test or a combined GRE score of 1,000. Degree status may be obtained upon completion of 12 semester hours with a minimum of 3.0 average.

  • submit a statement of purpose.

  • have access to a computer with reliable Internet capability.

  • For non-native applicants: submit TOEFL scores of 600 or above.

  • Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to meet with the department chair before admission to the program.

 

 


 

Requirements for Graduation

To fulfill the online certificate requirements for graduation, students must complete the following required courses with a GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale.  Passing grade is "C" or above.

MMAJ 551: Public Relations Foundations, 3 s.h.
MMAJ 573: Public Relations Ethics and Professional Responsibility, 3 s.h.
MMAJ 574: Public Relations Cases and Campaigns, 3 s. h.
MMAJ 575: Principles of Integrated Communication, 3 s.h.
MMAJ 642: Advanced Public Relations Writing, 3 s.h.

Students may apply all 15 certificate credits toward the M.S. degree in Mass Media Arts and Journalism.