The Master of Arts program in Mass Communication is an academically-oriented degree that prepares students for doctoral studies or a career in research. The M.A. program requires 34 s.h. and involves the completion of a thesis.

The M.A. program is designed to meet the needs of:

  • Journalism students who have earned a bachelor’s degree and wish to continue their education. M.A. students can continue can be considered for admission into the doctoral program after completion of all their M.A. degree requirements.
  • Experienced journalists or communicators who wish to prepare themselves for teaching by earning the M.A. degree, possibly continuing on to the Ph.D.

For more information about the program, refer to the Graduate Student Handbook, or send an email to us at

Listed below are the general categories of coursework required to earn the degree; for more specific information on courses, curriculum, and requirements of the Master of Arts in Mass Communication, visit the UI General Catalog.

Degree Requirements
Humanistic Approaches to Media Communication3
Social Scientific Approaches to Media Communication3
College Teaching for TAs1
Additional Professionalization2
Communication and Media Colloquium4
Master's Thesis (see below)3
Total Hours34

Important Deadlines

Application Deadline: January 1st (for Fall admission)


Admission decisions are based on prior academic performance, letters of reference, and the applicant's statement about background and purpose. Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate College; see the Manual of Rules and Regulations of the Graduate College on the Graduate College website. For more information, see the Graduate Admissions Process page.

Master's Thesis

Students who are enrolled in the M.A. Program are required to complete a scholarly thesis to fulfill M.A. degree requirements. The student is required to have a thesis adviser and a thesis committee composed of two additional graduate faculty members. One member of the committee may be from outside the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.