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School of Mass Communication

Thesis Option

Students who choose the thesis option must take 27 hours of traditional coursework, including both research methods classes: MCOM 7335, Seminar in Journalism Quantitative Research, and MCOM 7340, Seminar in Journalism History. They will also take 6 hours of thesis-related hours.

The thesis option is designed for students who plan to pursue a doctoral degree, who plan to teach at a community college, or who want to enhance their skills in academic research.

A student in the thesis option must have a thesis proposal approved by his or her thesis committee before enrolling for thesis credit.
Thesis option students must successfully complete a thesis and then defend the thesis in an oral examination to the satisfaction of the student’s thesis committee and the Graduate School. The Graduate School has specific requirements for the style, format and printing of theses that must be followed.

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