The graduate studies program of the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication offers two graduate degrees for students preparing for professional and academic careers: the M.A. degree and the Ph.D. degree.
The M.A. program emphasizes the integration of mass communication theory, research methods, decision making, and critical thinking and provides preparation for further study and/or for careers in advertising, journalism, mass media studies, public relations, and telecommunications.
The Ph.D. program is designed to produce critical scholars capable of independent and original research. The program offers advanced study and specialization in preparing for careers in teaching and research or for positions of responsibility in mass media, industries, or government.
Applicants accepted for the master's programs and PhD program begin their program in the fall semester. Admission is based on undergraduate grade point average, the results of the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE), a statement of purpose, and letters of recommendation, as well as previous professional experience and scholarly work.
Anyone holding a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university is eligible to apply for admission to the master's programs. A master's degree is required for acceptance into the Ph.D. program. The program is open both to students with undergraduate majors in journalism and mass communication and to those who have majored in other areas. Master's students without backgrounds in journalism and mass communication may be required to take 9 or more credit hours of undergraduate-level foundation courses before registering for more than 6 hours of graduate courses. If not previously completed, a course in statistics is also required.
Applications and additional information may be obtained from the Graduate Studies Office, Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.
The Grady College offers two graduate degrees: the Master of Arts in journalism and mass communication and the Ph.D. in mass communication.
Both degree programs are designed to develop your critical thinking, understanding of theory and methodology, and scholarship/research competence, and to prepare you to conduct basic and applied research, to critique and use research produced by others, and for advancement as a professional communicator or mass communication educator/scholar. Specialties are offered in advertising, journalism, mass media studies, public relations, and telecommunications.
Grady graduates are working in leadership roles as professional communicators and serving on the faculties of major colleges and universities, including Penn State, University of Tennessee, University of Central Florida, The Ohio State University, University of Florida, Oregon State, University of North Carolina, Howard University, University of Alabama, Hampton University, University of Florida, Boston College, and University of Minnesota.
Typically, we have about 80 graduate students on campus pursuing graduate degrees. Our students come from all regions of the United States and from many countries abroad. They are taught and mentored by graduate faculty renowned for their research and teaching.