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Master of Arts Degree Journalism Educator Specialization

Program Details

Kent State University offers an online Master of Arts degree from the college of Journalism and Mass Communication with a Journalism Educator concentration.  The degree program offers a variety of courses within the study of journalism to prepare graduate students for career goals as professional editors or teachers of the proper functions and ethical behaviors of journalism.

Mass communication has placed high among the most sought after degree options, with the dynamic ability to cross traditional boundaries and the almost universal application to any type of business, corporation, institution or career path.  Students earning an advanced degree in Journalism and Mass Communication will be able to contribute professionally and in educational settings, a well-rounded comprehensive understanding of essential values associated with the monumental influence mass communication has on the public.

The 36 credit hour program is comprised of the advanced course topics in journalism and communication.  The topics build on the Bachelor’s degree foundation and introduce graduate students to:  Ethics of Mass Communication, Mass Communication Theory, Legal Problems, Research Methods, Media Management, Public Relations, Reporting and Editing, Broadcast, Convergence, Magazine and Newspaper media.  The program will culminate with a master’s project, master’s thesis or a final exam to ensure a student’s complete understanding of the coursework. 

Graduates will be able to use the structured program when entering careers in newspaper, magazine, broadcast, convergence, or journalism education.  The curriculum caters to student teachers who wish to teach high school journalism or provide content for media outlets rather than management.


Must have completed a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Official transcripts. Resume. Goal statement. Three letters of recommendation. The GRE requirement may be waived for applicants with significant professional experience, as determined by the graduate studies committee.

Accreditation & Licensing

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission


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