May 26, 2019  
2018-19 Graduate Catalog 
    
2018-19 Graduate Catalog

Media and Communication, M.S.


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Jason Reineke, Interim Program Director
(615) 494-7746
Jason.Reineke@mtsu.edu

The College of Media and Entertainment offers the Master of Science degree in Media and Communication. A graduate minor in Mass Communication is also offered.

The degree is designed for students seeking an advanced degree in mass media theory and methods of research. The degree is appropriate for students who may wish to become researchers or as a prerequisite for pursuing a doctoral degree. The degree is also relevant to media professionals in fields such as advertising, electronic media, journalism, public relations, publishing, or recording industries seeking to broaden their understanding of the field of mass communication and to develop skills relevant to decision making in media-related organizations.

Please see undergraduate catalog for information regarding undergraduate programs.

Admission Requirements


Admission to the Master of Science in Media and Communication requires

  1. an earned bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college;
  2. an acceptable grade point average (GPA) in all coursework completed;
  3. acceptable scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)-a score of 291 (current scale) or 900 (former scale) combined on the verbal and quantitative portions of the GRE is usually required for admission to the degree program.

NOTE: Students may take up to 6 hours (two courses) before being admitted to the program but must do so as non-degree seeking students. Enrollment in these courses requires the permission of the graduate director.

Application Procedures


All application materials are to be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies.

Applicant must

  1. submit an application with the appropriate application fee (online at www.mtsu.edu/graduate/apply.php);
  2. submit official transcripts of all previous college work;
  3. submit a 500-word essay;
  4. submit three letters of recommendation;
  5. submit acceptable GRE scores.

Degree Requirements


The Master of Science in Media and Communication requires completion of a minimum of 36 hours.

Candidate must

  1. complete either the thesis or non-thesis curriculum as detailed below in the Curriculum section;
  2. submit and defend either a written thesis or a professional project concentrating on an area of particular interest by exhibiting in-depth independent research. The thesis results in the production of traditional academic research; the professional project results in the application of research knowledge to a professional production or other project;
  3. pass a written comprehensive examination.

Curriculum: Media and Communication


Candidate must complete the thesis or non-thesis course of study:

Non-Thesis (36 hours)


Required courses (21 hours)


Approved Electives (6 hours)


  • taken inside or outside the College of Media and Entertainment as benefits research orientation; no more than 3 credits may be taken at the 5000 level

Thesis Option (33 hours)


Required courses (18 hours)


Approved Electives (6 hours)


  • taken inside or outside the College of Media and Entertainment as benefits research orientation; no more than 3 credits may be taken at the 5000 level.

Program Notes


Candidate must

  1. file a degree plan in the College of Graduate Studies prior to entry into the program;
  2. file a Notice of Intent to Graduate form in the College of Graduate Studies within the first two weeks of the term in which candidate intends to graduate.

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