Program Overview

The Master of Arts in mass communication online degree program emphasizes critical thinking about mass media and its journalistic and strategic communication practices, media content and its effects on the public.

The 33-hour program offers a media research option that prepares students to analyze and conduct scholarly research in mass communication and how to write and present the results of such research to both scholarly and non-scholarly audiences.

A professional mass media option that provides students with advanced professional training in multi-platform journalism or strategic communication/public relations is also available.

Students will either write a master’s thesis or create a professional project as their capstone experience.

Elective Courses (Varies)

MCOM Electives (Choose )

Upper-level mass communication electives may be chosen to complete total number of course work hours required for the candidate's specific program.

MCOM 7331 Internet Policy and Regulation (3 credit hours)
MCOM 7316 Ethnic and Alternative Media in America (3 credit hours)
MCOM 7315 International Mass Communication (3 credit hours)
MCOM 5352 News Media and the First Amendment (3 credit hours)

Program Concentration Courses (27-30 hours)

• The mass media research option requires 27 or 30 course work hours plus 3 or 6 thesis-related hours.
Note: MCOM 7300, 7305, and 8300 are required. Student may choose between MCOM 7340, 7337, 7335, OR an approved Mass Communication theory course that supports a thesis project but is not already fulfilling a degree requirement.

• The professional mass media option requires 30 course work hours plus 3 project-related hours.

Program Details

Admission Requirements

• Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with a grade point average of at least 3.0 (4.0 scale) on the last 60 hours of undergraduate credit.
• A letter of 250-500 words outlining professional goals and purpose for desiring the degree.
• A résumé of professional and academic experience and accomplishments.
• Two letters of recommendation from former professors who can evaluate the applicant’s academic abilities.
Read more about the UALR Graduate School’s admissions process here.

Graduation Requirements

Students must achieve a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on an approved course of study and complete a professional project or thesis (depending on program).

Program Advisor

Dr. Tim Edwards | Interim Director and Professor
School of Mass Communication
501.569.8372 | txedwards@ualr.edu

Accreditation

UALR is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, affiliated with the Electronic Campus of the Southern Regional Education Board, and designated as “doctoral/research intensive” by the Carnegie Foundation.

Disabilities

UALR makes every effort to meet special accommodation and access needs. For information on specific accommodations for individuals with disabilities, you may contact the department sponsoring the class you wish to attend, call eLearning at 501.569.3003, or the Office of Disability Support Services at 501.569.3143. The Disability Support Services website, ualr.edu/disability/, provides information about the accommodation process and online forms to apply for services.

  • Cost per credit hour: $383