School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Old Main Building Room 102
Telephone: 512-245-2656 Fax: 512-245-7649
http://www.masscomm.txstate.edu/

The School of Journalism and Mass Communication offers an opportunity for students to expand their education and training within the mass communication field by earning an MA degree. The program is geared toward working professionals with or without a mass communication background to provide updated analytical and digital skills

Students in the MA program take a variety of skills-based and theory courses. The curriculum provides students with the digital and analytic skills needed for the field of mass communication. Students can select to earn the general MA in mass communication, or the can decide to declare a concentration in the area of global media, digital media, or strategic communication and take nine hours of prescribed coursework in their area. Courses are offered face-to-face in the evening, online, or via a hybrid teaching model because a large percentage of students enrolled are working professionals. 

Students complete an 18-hour core as well as electives. Students choose to create a professional project or write a thesis to graduate. Core courses focus on media writing, digital storytelling, law/ethics, digital media issues, mass communication, theory and research. Electives address a variety of topics such as: UX/UI, web design, media design, content management, strategic communication campaigns and crisis communication. Students can earn internship credit and also have the opportunity to study abroad.

Facilities

The Schools' faculty offices, classrooms, Mi lab, media labs, and administrative offices are located in historic Old Main.

Financial Assistance

Graduate assistantships are offered with competitive stipends. Having a graduate assistantship also provides an out-of-state tuition waiver. Assistantship responsibilities include teaching fundamentals of digital media. Most assistantships are assigned in May for the fall term, but assistantships may be available for students who wish to begin the graduate program in the spring.

The department offers limited scholarships for currently enrolled students. The College of Fine Arts and Communication and the Graduate College provide a variety of scholarships for new and returning graduate students. See the various web sites for details. 

Baldwin, Patricia Cafferty, Lecturer, Journalism & Mass Comm, Ph.D., University of North Texas

Buschhorn, Jennifer L, Asst Professor of Practice, Journalism & Mass Comm, M.A., University of Texas at Austin

Carter, Daniel Wayne, Assistant Professor, Journalism & Mass Comm, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Craig, Clay Martin, Assistant Professor, Journalism & Mass Comm, Ph.D., Texas Tech University

Devlin, Michael Brandon, Assistant Professor, Journalism & Mass Comm, Ph.D., The University of Alabama

Ehmer, Emily Ann, Assistant Professor, Journalism & Mass Comm, Ph.D., Indiana University Bloomington

England, Michael T, Associate Professor, Journalism & Mass Comm, Ph.D., University of Tennessee Knoxville

Fluker, Laurie H, Associate Dean, College of Fine Arts and Communication and Associate Professor, Journalism & Mass Comm, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Fox, Kymberly J, Associate Professor of Practice, Journalism & Mass Comm, M.A., Univ of the Incarnate Word

Grimes, Thomas, Professor, Journalism & Mass Comm, Ph.D., Indiana University Bloomington

Haigh, Michel Mae, Professor, Journalism & Mass Comm, Ph.D., Univ of Oklahoma Norman Campus

Higgins Joyce, Vanessa D, Assistant Professor, Journalism & Mass Comm, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Kaufhold, William Thomas, Assistant Professor, Journalism & Mass Comm, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Martinez, Gilbert D, Senior Lecturer, Journalism & Mass Comm, J.D., Fordham University

Muk, Alexander Y, Associate Professor, Journalism & Mass Comm, Ph.D., Univ of Southern Mississippi

Ngondo, Prisca Sibongile, Assistant Professor, Journalism & Mass Comm, Ph.D., Texas Tech University

Niekamp, Raymond, Associate Professor, Journalism & Mass Comm, Ph.D., Penn State University Park

Nolan, David S, Regents' Teacher, Journalism & Mass Comm, Ph.D., Texas State University

Oskam, Judith B, School Director - Professor, Journalism & Mass Comm, Ed.D., Oklahoma State University

Peirce-Burleson, Katherine Louise, Professor, Journalism & Mass Comm, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Rao, Sandhya, Assistant Dean, The Graduate College and Professor, Journalism & Mass Comm, Ph.D., Bowling Green State University

Royal, Cindy L, Professor, Journalism & Mass Comm, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Weill, Susan, Associate Professor, Journalism & Mass Comm, Ph.D., Univ of Southern Mississippi