The M.A. in mass communication is an online degree consisting of 12 hours of required courses that include Media Research Methods, Media Theory, Media & Society, and Media Law & Ethics. In addition, students will select from 24 hours of elective courses that are designed to enable the student to concentrate in advertising and public relations, journalism, or broadcasting. The courses offered as electives include Media History, Broadcast Sales, Management Problems in Media, Media & Politics, International Media, Seminar in Advertising, Seminar in Public Relations, Seminar in Journalism, Seminar in Broadcasting, Topics in Mass Communication, Independent Study in Mass Communication, Thesis Writing, and Media Project. Students are required to complete 36 hours of total coursework and must choose from one of three options: 1) Non-Thesis, 2) Thesis, or 3) Media Project. Students may take 6 to 9 hours of electives outside of the Department of Mass Communication at the academic adviser's approval.


 Admission Requirements

  • Students must have at least a cumulative GPA of 2.5 for all undergraduate work or 2.8 GPA on the last 60 hours of undergraduate work completed, excluding freshmen-level classes.

  • Students must provide an essay to the program's graduate coordinator on their future goals and their expectations from the program.

Admission to Candidacy

The M.A. in mass communication program will be individually designed to meet the specific objectives of each student. It will take into consideration the nature of previous undergraduate work and post-graduate work completed, as well as any professional and related occupational experience. The proposed graduate program must be approved by meeting with the graduate faculty after the student has completed 12 semester hours and before the student completes 18 semester hours before being considered a candidate for the M.A. in mass communication.


Graduate Assistantships

A limited number of graduate assistantships are awarded each fall, spring and summer in the department. The graduate assistantships require the student to be in residency while enrolled in the program. For more information, contact the chair of the department or the graduate program coordinator.



Classes required for the M.A. in Mass Communication are taught by the following graduate faculty:



John Allen Hendricks (Ph.D., University of Southern Mississippi)
Gary Mayer (Ph.D., University of Texas)


Associate Professors:

Al Greule (Ph.D., Texas A&M University)


Assistant Professors:

Seth Bradshaw (Ph.D., University of Arizona)

Casey Hart (Ph.D., The University of Southern Mississippi)

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Dr. John Allen Hendricks, Chair and Graduate Program Coordinator
P.O. Box 13048, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962
Phone: 936.468.4001

Office: Boynton Building, 301c

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