M.S. or M.A. in Mass Communication
Sample plan of study
Frequently asked questions
Graduate faculty information
Tuition & Fees
“I am originally from North Dakota and recall that NDSU has always been well-known for its strong communication program. I currently live in the San Diego area and was thrilled to find out that NDSU offered a master’s degree in communication through its Distance and Continuing Education online program. Making the decision to enroll was easy.”
- Dawn Berry, Vista, CA
Prepare yourself for a management-level position, advancement within your current career, teaching, or advanced graduate work. The online M.S. or M.A. in Mass Communication provides students with advanced knowledge in risk communication, crisis communication, rhetoric, and argumentation. Communication programs are useful to professionals in a variety of careers. The Communication Department tailors student research projects and academic programs to individual needs and interests.
Currently, sufficient classes to complete the master's degree are online and available for students. Additional courses are in the planning stages.
Online courses are equivalent to face-to-face or on-campus classes, with similar rigor and expectations regarding student performance. However, the time frame for completing online courses is student-driven, enabling participants to control the rate at which they move through the program. The plan of study for the online M.S. or M.A. in Mass Communication consists of at least 30 credits.
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Sample Plan of Study
Required Core Courses:
Research Core Courses: (6 CREDITS)
- COMM 750 Quantitative Research Methods (3 CREDITS)
- COMM 750 Qualitative Research Methods (3 CREDITS)
- COMM 767 Rhetorical Criticism (3 CREDITS)
Elective Courses:(15 CREDITS)
- COMM 602 Contemporary Rhetorical Theory (3 CREDITS)
- COMM 621 Issues, History of the Mass Media (3 CREDITS)
- COMM 721 Intercultural Communication (3 CREDITS)
- COMM 725 Communication and Change (3 CREDITS)
- COMM 752 Theory of Argument (3 CREDITS)
- COMM 755 Rhetoric of Environmental Science (3 CREDITS)
- COMM 761 Survey of Rhetorical Theory (3 CREDITS)
- COMM 785 Advanced Crisis Communication (3 CREDITS)
- COMM 786 Risk Communication (3 CREDITS)
Paper Requirement (3 CREDITS)
To satisfy the disquisition requirement of the NDSU Graduate School, the candidate for the online M.S. or M.A. in Mass Communication degree, with the advice and consent of his/her adviser, will designate three major papers, drawn from three different courses in the program of study. This collection of papers will be submitted for review to the student's supervisory committee, constituted from the professors of record for the courses from which the papers were drawn and an outside committee member assigned by the Graduate School. The collection of papers will be defended and submitted to the Graduate School for review and binding; and must be approved in order for the student to matriculate to graduation.
Total Credits: 30
"The course was very challenging, but the instructor was very supportive, responsive and encouraging. I learned a lot."
- Phil, Maple Grove, MN
COMM 761 Survey of Rhetorical Theory
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Frequently Asked Questions
Is the GRE required for admission to this program?
This program does require the GRE for admission consideration. It is part of the selection criteria that the graduate committee feels very strongly about using.
What is the difference between earning an M.A. or an M.S. in mass communication?
The Master of Arts or M.A. requires the qualitative research methods course and the Master of Science or M.S. requires the quantitative research methods course.
For information about graduate faculty for this program as well as their current research interests, visit the M.S. or M.A. in Mass Communication bulletin page.
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For current admission requirements, visit the M.S. or M.A. in Mass Communication bulletin page.
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NDSU Department of Communication
NDSU Graduate School
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