Our residential master’s program balances training in mass communication skills, concepts and research methods for individuals interested in entering mass communication professions, professional communicators who want more education in a specialized field or individuals interested in mass communication research and teaching. Because we believe that our professional master’s curricula should prepare students to be leaders in the 21st-century workplace, this balance ensures an elevated discussion of the journalism and mass communication professions, how they work and where they’re going.
Total enrollment in our two-year residential master's program is usually 30 to 50 students (15 to 25 for each entering cohort).
We offer four tracks in the residential master’s program: a professional track, a research track, an Interdisciplinary Health Communication track and an J.D./M.A. dual-degree track in conjunction with the UNC School of Law. For UNC-Chapel Hill undergraduates, the MJ-school partners with the Curriculum in Environment and Ecology to offer the Environment and Science Communication M.A./B.A. dual degree. Regardless of track, students are taught to critically examine the role of mass communication in society, and all students are provided with a firm grounding in theory and analysis. By setting high standards for both scholarly and professional achievement, we prepare graduates to be leaders and critical thinkers, regardless of their career path. Please refer to the attached worksheets for each track.
All residential master’s students, regardless of track, are required to take the following two courses:
The professional track is designed to educate students in an area of specialization within the field of mass communication in preparation for a career in industry. Areas of specialization within the professional track can be grouped more broadly into those that are news/reporting-focused, regardless of platform and topic (e.g., business and media, electronic and broadcast journalism, science and medical journalism, reporting, visual communication: interactive design and visual communication: photo-video) and strategic communication-focused, which include a mix of advertising, marketing communication, public relations and visual communication: graphic design.
Students in the professional track are required to complete 33 credit hours of coursework at the 400 level or above, including two courses outside of the MJ-school. Students have the option of completing a traditional research thesis or a nontraditional thesis project for three credit hours.
In addition to MEJO 701 and MEJO 740, students in the professional track are required to take the following courses:
Professional-track students may choose from the following areas of specialization and may take a variety of advanced MEJO courses.
The research track is designed for students interested in pursuing a doctoral degree, a career in academia (teaching and research) or research positions in industry or government.
In addition to MEJO 701 and MEJO 740, students in the research track are required to take MEJO 705: “Theories of Mass Communication.”
Paths in the mass communication track can be very diverse. Students learn the theory and research methods they need to teach at the college level or to pursue a doctorate in mass communication. They can study mass communication law or history, media effects, new communication technologies or international communication, among other subjects. Depending on the course of study they select, they may also be prepared for a variety of research positions in the public and private sectors. Students in this track do not take professional skills courses such as news writing and editing.
The Interdisciplinary Health Communication track provides students with specialized training in the multifaceted field of health communication and builds expertise for applied practice, academic and research settings. The IHC master’s track offers a broadened program to include the study of how to effectively communicate with diverse audiences about health issues. Students will learn about the possibilities of traditional as well as electronic forms of media and the psychology of persuasion. Each student will complete a project or thesis on a health communication topic.
The Interdisciplinary Health Communication track includes a core of 18 credits in journalism and mass communication and nine credits in information science, psychology and public health.
In addition to the core curriculum, students in the IHC master's track are required to complete a sequence of courses in an area of specialization. Four specializations are offered: information science, science and medical journalism, public health and social marketing.
The J.D./M.A. dual degree program is intended to create an efficient yet academically sound program of study for students interested in pursuing graduate studies in journalism and mass communication, and in law. The program is intended for students who plan to practice mass communication law, plan to practice professionally in a communication-related field such as journalism or public relations with a law-related emphasis, plan to pursue academic careers in law and mass communication fields or plan to pursue a doctorate in a related field.
Each university in the Unites States of America sets its own admission standards so there isn't the same criteria for all the students and the university can decide which applicants meet those standards. The fee for each application is between $35 to $100.
After the selections of the universities you want to attend, the best of all would be to contact each university for an application form and more admission information for the international students. Moreover, for a graduate or postgraduate program it's necessary to verify the admission requirements. Some programs require that you send your application directly to their department.
Admissions decisions are based on students's academic record and different test scores, such as TOEFL, the SAT or ACT (for undergraduate programs) and GRE or GMAT (for graduate programs). Admission decision is based on your academic results and motivation.
In addition to the University’s required application materials, applicants should review the information below for additional expectations or application requirements.
Candidates for funding are interviewed in February in Chapel Hill or through video conferencing. Funding candidates will receive notification to inform them of interview dates. Decisions will be made shortly after the interviews, and candidates will be notified as quickly as possible. Students admitted to the MATC program and the Certificate in Technology and Communication program are not eligible for the fellowships listed below.