M.S. Degree Requirements

Course and project requirements for the M.S. degree

A minimum of 30 credit hours, including:

  • MSCH-T 505 Media Organizations, with a grade of B (3.0) or above.
  • Other core course(s) corresponding to a chosen concentration area, with a grade of B (3.0) or above:
    • Design and production concentration: MSCH-T 580 Interactive Storytelling and Computer Games
    • Management concentration (two of the following): MSCH-T 502 Introduction to Research Methods in Telecommunications, MSCH-T 504 Introduction to Telecommunications Policy Studies, MSCH-T 522 Managing the Creative Process,MSCH-T 532 Economics of Media Industries,MSCH-T 571 Applied Cognitive and Emotional Psychology, MSCH-T 610 The Networked Society
    • Journalism Concentration: J502 Data Analysis for Journalists, J505 Intensive Reporting, Writing and Editing Workshop, J520 Seminar in Visual Communication, J572 The Press and the Constitution
    • Public Relations Concentration: J505 Intensive Reporting, Writing and Editing Workshop, J520 Seminar in Visual Communication, J529 Public Relations Campaign, M506 Academic Research for Professionals
  • A program of study listing all courses toward the degree, approved by the student’s advisory committee.
  • Completion of approved creative media project (design and production and PR concentrations only).
  • At least 18 credit hours must be taken within the Media School.
  • T540 Special Projects (independent study) and T575 Directed Group New Media Design Project may each be taken for up to 6 credits. Combined, degree-applied credits derived from these two courses should not exceed 12 total credits.

Advisory committee

Each student will receive initial guidance from a faculty member assigned by the director of graduate studies. During the second semester, each student will select a three-member advisory committee that will be responsible for approving the student’s program of study, administering the final exam and granting approval for the degree. Students who fail to select an advisory committee or construct a program of study by the end of the second semester in the program will be considered to be making inadequate progress toward the degree.

Grades

B (3.0) average or above. Any semester’s work averaging less than B will result in the student’s being placed on academic probation. Accumulation of three individual course grades of C (2.0) or lower for graduate credit will result in dismissal of the student from the program. The graduate committee evaluates each student’s progress toward the degree every semester.

Final examination

Students must pass a comprehensive written and oral examination, administered by the advisory committee. The exam consists of:

Design and production concentration:

  • Approved creative media project
  • Written exam on coursework and project
  • Oral defense

Management concentration:

  • Written exam on coursework
  • Oral defense

Journalism Concentration:

  • Written exam on coursework
  • Oral defense

Public Relations Concentration:

  • Approved public relations project
  • Written exam on coursework and project
  • Oral defense

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