Journalism & Mass Communications
M.A. Degree: Masters Program Type: Online Interest: Journalism & Mass Communication Program Type: International

You'll be better equipped to achieve your professional goals by immediately applying what you learn and gain a competitive advantage in the workforce.

This degree program has 3 specialization areas, offered completely online.

  • Integrated Media Communications: Designed to provide advertising, public relations, marketing and communications professionals with skills needed to update their knowledge of the rapidly changing media and marketing environment. A professional project is required.
  • Media Studies: Gain cutting-edge theoretical knowledge about the various influences and effects of the media. A thesis is required.
  • Professional Journalism: Designed for print and digital journalism with emphasis given to improving skills for the workplace. A professional project is required.

Who Should Consider This Degree

  • Media professionals who want to enhance or add areas of expertise
  • Media professionals who want to advance in their field
  • Business professionals who design public relations and communication materials for companies
  • Middle and high school teachers who produce or work with student staffs to produce school publications
  • Media professionals who wish to fulfill personal and professional goals
  • Full-time professionals who want flexible course schedules and delivery options
  • Independent, self-motivated individuals with a strong commitment to degree completion

Tuition & Fees For Journalism and Mass Communication

Graduate: Application & Admission

Program & Courses

The interdisciplinary program curriculum combines up-to-date knowledge with practical application and individualized experience. Personalize a program to meet your individual interests and needs.

Thesis and non-thesis options are available.

Integrated Media Communications

Earn a minimum of 36 credit hours,including 18 hours in advertising/public relations, and either 1 or 2 minors.

This specialization is a cooperative program between University of Nebraska–Lincoln and University of Nebraska at Kearney.

  • thesis is not required.
  • 18 hours in the major (advertising and public relations).
  • 9 hours in at least one minor: marketing or speech communication.
  • may also select two minors: marketing and speech communication.
  • requires that at least 12 of the 36 hours must be earned in courses open exclusively to graduate students (900 or 800 level without 400 or lower counterparts).
  • Students who are completing the master’s degree under this option and later elect to continue in graduate work for the degree of doctor of philosophy must give evidence of ability to carry on independent research.

Media Studies

Requires a minimum of 30 semester hours with a thesis.

  • 9 required hours of course work in the major
  • 9 hours of electives
  • either a 6 hour professional project
  • OR, 6 hours of advanced coursework in the major
  • 6 hour thesis
  • 8 credit hours in addition to the thesis must be earned in courses opened exclusively to graduate students.

Professional Journalism

A minimum of 36 semester hours of credit (15 hours of coursework with 21 hours of electives.)

  • minimum of 18 credits must be in courses open exclusively to graduate students (800 or 900 level without 400 or lower counterparts).
  • include no fewer than 18 hours in the major
  • complete a capstone project and intensive coursework in place of a minor.
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Transfer Credits

Each degree program within the University of Nebraska–Lincoln is responsible for evaluating transfer credit and determining how the credit will apply to your specific degree program.

The evaluation of transfer credit is based on a review of the comparability of the nature, content and level of the learning experience and its appropriateness to the degree program.

If you're interested in transferring credit, you will need to consult with the UNL academic department associated with your major.

Transfer credit information for graduate degrees

Career Services

If you’re enrolled as a degree seeking student in a UNL program you’ll have access to the same career services as on-campus students. Don’t live in the immediate area? We’ll come to you by providing phone or Skype consultations.

After you graduate, the Nebraska Alumni Association will continue to help with resources and events for job seekers.


Online courses are taught by the same award-winning professors and researchers who teach on-campus classes.

Faculty advisers will help you choose courses that will define your personal and career goals while completing your degree.

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