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School of Mass Communication

Professional Certificates

Professional Certificate in Journalism

The Professional Certificate in Journalism is designed to serve mid- career professionals who need to either update their skills or learn new ones given the realities of the job market and changes in the field of mass communication. This certificate program will enable students to perform capably in professional print journalism settings, will develop students’ ability to think critically about media-related issues, and will help students understand the relationship between media and socio-political systems.
Admission Requirements
Students seeking admission into the certificate program must already possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and must meet all other admission requirements for UALR.
Program Requirements

The Professional Certificate in Journalism requires 15 credit hours for completion. The following courses are required:

MCOM 2350 Beginning Reporting
MCOM 3320 Advanced Reporting
MCOM 4350 Production and Design
MCOM 4388 Reporting Public Affairs
Students will select any one of the following electives:
MCOM 3310 Introduction to Web Principles and Design
MCOM 4359 Feature and Magazine Journalism
MCOM 4389 Independent Study
MCOM 4390 Mass Communication Internship
MCOM 4350 Production and Design
MCOM 4354 Documentary Techniques
MCOM 4385 Advanced Web Design

Graduation Requirements

Cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on an approved program of study as outlined above.

Professional Certificate in Media Production and Design

The Professional Certificate in Media Production and Design is designed to serve mid-career professionals who need to either update their skills or learn new ones given the realities of the job market and changes in the field of mass communication. Students will develop the ability to think critically about various visual and aural storytelling forms, and will be able to create visual and aural stories and information packages.
Admission Requirements
Students seeking admission into the certificate program must already possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and must meet all other admission requirements for UALR.
Program Requirements

The Professional Certificate in Media Production and Design requires 18 credit hours for completion.
The following courses are required:

MCOM 2300 Introduction to Media Production
MCOM 2350 Beginning Reporting
MCOM 3310 Introduction to Web Design
MCOM 3390 Non-linear Editing I
MCOM 4380 Public Relations Writing

Students will select any one of the following electives:

MCOM 3315 Mass Media Research
MCOM 3350 News Editing
MCOM 4320 Non-Linear Editing II
MCOM 4342 Movie Making Techniques
MCOM 4350 Production and Design
MCOM 4354 Documentary Techniques
MCOM 4385 Advanced Web Design

Graduation Requirements

Cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on an approved program of study as outlined above.

Updated 9.13.2011