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Communication (Mass Communication), M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #1001 (WUR) West Hattiesburg, MS, United States
The School of Mass Communication and Journalism was formed through a merger of the departments of Journalism and Radio, Television, and Film in 2001. The school maintains the strengths, core values, and interests of the original departments while creating a new and stronger structure that facilitates efficiency, collaboration, creativity, adaptation to change, and an orientation toward the future.


Our programs enable students to learn the concepts and technical skills they will need to be productive and responsible contributors in the diverse fields of mass communication. We offer the state’s only comprehensive mass communication program that provides the full breadth (print and broadcast journalism, broadcast production, photojournalism, film, advertising and public relations) and depth (baccalaureate to doctoral degrees) of mass communication education.

We offer the only programs in the state in film production and photojournalism and the only master's degree in public relations, and we are the only mass communication program in the state with a dual-campus responsibility (Hattiesburg and Gulf Park campuses). Our curricula also have a long-standing international orientation, including study-abroad opportunities in the United Kingdom and other countries.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Mass Communication Theory
  • Critical and Cultural Theory
  • Introduction to Graduate Research
  • Content Analysis
  • Communication Research Methods
  • Telecommunication Media Research

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Undergraduate academic record:
  • Regular Admission: An overall 3.0 GPA is required as well as a 3.0 major GPA. A cumulative GPA on the last 60 hours from all institutions of our applicants has ranged from 3.0 to 4.0.
  • Conditional Admission: The cumulative GPA of the last 60 hours from all institutions is usually 2.75 or better. Students admitted on conditional admission status must take their first nine semester hours of graduate level course work in the School of Mass Communication and Journalism and earn a 3.0 GPA on all coursework taken while completing the nine-hour requirement.
  • Scores from the GRE must be submitted.
  • A statement of purpose
  • Letters of Recommendation 
  • Writing Sample
  • Resume

Tuition Fee

  • International

    592 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 592 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    592 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 592 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    480 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 480 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for West Hattiesburg

  • 800 - 1300 USD/month
    Living Costs

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