- A bachelor's degree in Mass Communication or Journalism with an overall grade point average of at least 2.50
- Applicants with degrees in other fields will be considered, but may be required to take a minimum of nine credit hours of undergraduate courses appropriate to their proposed plan of study. These credits would not count toward fulfilling hours required for a master's degree.
- Undergraduate transcripts and scores of the Graduate Record Examination, plus three letters of recommendation.
- Admission to the Graduate School and the Department of Mass Communications.
- Prerequisites will be chosen from the following courses:
- All students must complete MCOM 211.
- Gen. Assignment Reporting, MCOM 306; Media Graphics, MCOM 307; News Editing, MCOM 308.
- TV News Production, MCOM 315; TV News Writing, MCOM 318 and TV News Reporting, MCOM 319.
- PR Writing, MCOM 316; PR Technologies, MCOM 425; PR Techniques and Campaigns, MCOM 439; Media
Graphics, MCOM 307.
After admission, specific prerequisites will be spelled out when the chairman of the department and graduate director meet with each student to examine the student's undergraduate transcript and determine the graduate "Plan of Study." MCOM 211 must be completed during the first semester of graduate study. One skills course must be taken in the second semester. One more skills course must be taken during the third semester of the graduate study.
Students seeking the Masters of Arts degree in Mass Communications must initially apply for admission to the Graduate School. If accepted as a candidate for an advanced degree, the applicant must seek admission to the Graduate School in the Department of Mass Communications. Before applying, students are advised to meet first with the chairman of the department.
Non-Degree seeking Students
Students who are admitted under the non-degree seeking status in the Graduate School will be allowed to take up to 9 credit hours of courses in the Department of Mass Communication. These hours cannot be applied toward a degree in Mass Communication. GPA of 2.4 is required for non-degree seeking students. This option is available only to professionals and others who desire to upgrade their skills in new technologies and advanced software.