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.
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.
Mass Media Research Option (Choose 27 or 30 course work hours + 3 or 6 thesis hours)
Professional Mass Media — Multi-platform journalism track (Choose 30 course work hours + 3 project hours)
Professional Mass Media — Strategic communication/public relations track (Choose 30 course work hours + 3 project hours)
• 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.
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).
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.
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