Kent State University offers an online Master of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication with a concentration in Journalism Education. The program is offered through the School of Media and Journalism (which is housed in the College of Communication and Information) and is affiliated with the Center for Scholastic Journalism at Kent State. The master’s degree can be completed entirely online without making any campus visits. Kent State University uses the Blackboard Learn learning management system for its online degree programs. Through Blackboard Learn, students can access their course materials, submit assignments, communicate with instructors and classmates, participate in online discussion boards, access university services, and more.
The Master of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication with a Journalism Education concentration requires 33 credit hours of study and can be finished in approximately two years of full-time enrollment. The curriculum is broken down into major requirements (five courses for 15 credits), concentration courses (three classes for nine credits), and electives (three courses for nine credits). This program focuses on preparing its students to teach journalism and mass media theories, principles, and strategies across diverse education settings. As such, the core coursework introduces students to the central concepts of mass media and journalism, mass communication research methods, the role that mass media plays in both historical and contemporary society, principles and practices of effective digital media, and key methods and best practices for media reporting, writing, and editing.
The concentration courses enable students to delve further into journalism pedagogy, including classes in teaching journalism ethics and mentoring media students and professionals. Students also take three additional electives that do not have to be specific to journalism education, and which can include areas such as health informatics, knowledge management, user experience design, and visual communication to help round out their graduate education in mass communication.
Note: As Kent State University also offers a campus-based Master of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication, students interested in the online program specifically should contact a program advisor to determine which electives for this program are offered online, especially if they wish to complete the program entirely through distance learning.
The program culminates in a final Master’s Professional Project course, wherein students select a topic of personal and professional significance to them and build a communication project that enables them to apply the concepts they have learned in their classes to a concrete deliverable. A key parameter of this project is that it contributes to or fulfills a need in the field of scholastic media or journalism pedagogy. Students work under the guidance of faculty mentors to complete the project, and at the end of the Master’s Professional Project course they must present their project before faculty members.
Kent State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
Online Master of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication - Journalism Education Concentration
Department: School of Media and Journalism
Websites: Department and Program
Structure: Online program with no required campus visits
Instruction Methods: Classes use a combination of synchronous and asynchronous instruction
Campus Visits Required: No
Program Length: Program can be completed in as few as 2 years
Curriculum and Graduation Requirements
Thesis Required: No
Capstone Options: Master's Professional Project
Credits Required: 33 credits (10 courses plus capstone)
Example Courses: Theory and Societal Role of Mass Media; Research Methods in Mass Communication; Mass Communication Law and Ethics; Principles and Practices of Digital Media; Reporting, Writing and Editing for Media; Advising Student Media; Ethics of Mass Communication
Degree Required: Bachelor's degree; resume or CV; goal statement/statement of purpose; writing sample; two letters of recommendation
GPA Requirements: Minimum GPA 3.0
Testing Requirements: Effective Spring 2020 the GRE is no longer required
Start Dates: Fall, Spring and Summer admission
Estimated Tuition*: ~$17,700 + fees (In-State); ~$18,000 + fees (Out-of-State)
Cost per Credit Hour: $536 per credit hour (Ohio residents); $546 per credit hour (Out of State residents)
State Authorizations: Program accepts students from all 50 states