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School of Mass Communication

Non-thesis Option

Students who choose the non-thesis option must take 33 hours of traditional course work and comprehensive exams.
Additional required courses include MCOM 5375, Journalistic Freedom and Responsibility, MCOM 7330, Seminar in Mass Communication Law, and MCOM 7310, Precision Journalism.

The non-thesis option is designed for students seeking an advanced degree to enhance their knowledge of journalism, both in terms of its content and effects. Generally, students choosing this option may or may not have an undergraduate degree in journalism, but should have some prior professional experience related to mass communication. Typically, they may be strengthening their professional skills or preparing for a community college teaching career.

For more Information

Questions about UALR’s Master of Arts Program in Journalism should be directed to Dale Zacher, Ph.D. at

Updated 9.13.2011