Brenau University offers a Master of Arts in Communication and Media Studies degree through its College of Business and Communication. The program is delivered entirely online, with no campus visit requirements. Brenau University uses Canvas, an online learning management system that allows students to attend class, submit assignments, participate in class conversations via discussion boards, and message instructors through email.
The Master of Arts in Communication and Media Studies program requires 30 credit hours to graduate, which typically takes two-years of full-time study. The curriculum includes a set 10-class structure, with students taking one class per seven-week term. The program emphasizes communication skill development within the media industry, in areas spanning public relations to marketing.
Core coursework introduces students to foundational concepts and theories of communication, such as social construction and behaviorism, as well as contemporary practices in research methodologies. Students gain familiarity with digital media analytics, learning how to leverage quantitative and qualitative analyses to meet communication objectives. After completing initial studies in theory and research, students progress into an eight-class curriculum that focuses on communication within the media industry.
Media-based courses cover topics such as media industry and business practices, media globalization, and emerging media and technology. This coursework explores how technology and digital advancements are reshaping the media landscape, as well as how audiences receive and consume media products (e.g. film, social media). Students gain familiarity with historical media business models and strategies, including regulation, information flow, and marketing practices. The program also offers courses in negotiation, mediation, and communication consulting. Through these classes, students develop an understanding of the consulting process, learning how to conduct communication needs assessments and create effective communication training programs.
Brenau University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
Online Master of Arts in Communication and Media Studies
Department: College of Business & Communication
Websites: Department and Program
Structure: Online program with no required campus visits
Instruction Methods: Program uses aynchronous instruction with the Canvas learning management system
Campus Visits Required: No
Program Length: Program can be completed in 2 to 2.5 years
Curriculum and Graduation Requirements
Thesis Required: No
Capstone Options: No thesis or capstone required
Credits Required: 30 credits (10 courses)
Example Courses: Communication Theory; Applied Communication Research; Communication in Society; Negotiation and Mediation; Medial Globalization; Media Industries and Business Practices; Emerging Media Landscapes and Technology; Film Theory
Degree Required: Bachelor's degree
GPA Requirements: Minimum GPA 3.0
Testing Requirements: GRE not required
Start Dates: Six starts per year: January, March, May, July, August and October
Estimated Tuition: ~$20,550 + fees
Cost per Credit Hour: $685 per credit hour
State Authorizations: Program accepts students from all 50 states