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MS Professional Media & Media Management Degree (Graduate Students in Media Class)

MS Professional Media & Media Management

The Master of Science in Professional Media & Management Studies program will give students an intellectual background in the theory and critique of the communication industries, and prepare them for careers within the communication industry or with organizations.  This program trains intelligent, self aware, flexible graduates who will go on to become leaders in the field. 


There are four areas of focus:

  • Media Management & Strategic Communication (Advertising)
  • Documentary Media Production
  • Multimedia Journalism
  • New Media

View Track Curricular Table

Candidates must complete a minimum of 30 credits including:

  • 6 hours of common core requirements
  • 6-9 credits of track core requirements
  • 9-12 credits in an emphasis area 
  • 3-6 credit final project/paper 

We accept applications year round for the MS Program but they must be received at least one month prior to the beginning of the semester in which the student wishes to enroll.  For example, for admission to Spring 2016 semester, we must receive the MS application on or before November 30, 2015 (one month prior to Spring semester which begins January 1, 2016).  Note that the semester is reflected as January 1-May 15, 2016 and not the date the classes actually begin.

Application Materials Required

  1. Online Application (most documents below can be uploaded through the application site)
  2. 3 Letters of Reference
  3. Curriculum Vitae/Resume
  4. Statements: Personal, Biographical, Research (includes media production/creative interests)
  5. A writing sample
  6. A small portfolio containing evidence of accomplishment from your undergradate studies or professional experience. Speak with the graduate studies office personnel if you have questions about what to include. Small .doc or .pdf files with embedded images or a URL for web portfolios can be uploaded. Otherwise discs can be sent via post.)
  7. Transcripts (3.0 minimum gpa)
  8. International applicants should have excellent English speaking and writing skills. Those who have not taken significant advanced study in programs taught in English will have to take the TOEFL or IELTS.Minimum scores: TOEFL: IBT-100, Computer-250, Paper- 600. IELTS: 7.5

Steps to Apply

  1. Fill out the online application for the degree program listed as Professional Media and Media Management and upload most required documents.
  2. Any other application materials including transcripts and media portfolios on disk should be sent via post.