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.

  • The Integrated Media Communications (IMC) specialization is designed for early-career professionals who want to enhance their skills in a rapidly changing media environment in the context of advertising and public relations. The IMC specialization is offered in conjunction with the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK).
  • The Media Studies specialization accommodates the needs of students who seek theoretical knowledge in journalism and mass communications. Students in this specialization will learn how to conduct scholarly research in preparation for an academic career. Students can customize the program of studies to fit their area of interest, including print, broadcast, and digital journalism, as well as advertising and public relations.
  • The Professional Journalism specialization was designed for working journalists who want to enhance their skills and knowledge in the digital media world. Instead of specializing in a particular medium, students will learn how to produce and analyze news and information across multiple platforms.

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.

  • Thesis is not required.
  • 18 hours in the major (courses in advertising and public relations and other courses in the College of Journalism and Mass Communications).
  • 9 hours of related coursework in either marketing or communications.
  • 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).

Media Studies

Requires a minimum of 30 semester hours with a thesis.

  • 9 required hours of course work in the major.
  • 15 hours of graduate-level courses.
  • 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.
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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. In most instances, you will be requested to submit the respective course syllabus.

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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