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    MA in International Media

The Master of Arts in International Media offers students a unique opportunity to learn international communication theory and research while at the same time developing professional production skills. This interdisciplinary M.A. program allows students to take concurrent courses in the School of Communication (SOC) and School of International Service (SIS) that emphasize strategic communication, research, international communication, and global media. In addition, students take hands-on courses designed to hone writing skills over a broad range of media, and production classes that introduce them to filmmaking, newswriting, digital imaging, web design, photography, and public communication writing. The media studies component of the program gives students a strong background in research skills, broad knowledge of global economic and political issues, and a deep understanding of how the media works, especially in an international environment. The production portion of the program provides students with the knowledge, skills, and ethical groundings to be professionally competent and literate managers/producers/commissioners.


Applicants must hold an accredited bachelor's degree with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.30 or higher on a 4.00 scale. Some background knowledge of communication studies, or media/journalism professional experience, or international studies and international work experience is recommended.  

All applicants are required to submit results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). In addition, international applicants whose first language is not English are required to submit results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A strong TOEFL score is necessary to ensure that students can fully benefit from the media production courses and analytical courses. All applicants must also submit two letters of reference evaluating undergraduate academic performance and suitability for graduate study in international affairs and communication. 

Students apply to either SOC or SIS. Applications will be reviewed jointly by SOC and SIS, with both schools agreeing on student admission. 

Degree Requirements

  • 45 credit hours of approved graduate work with a cumulative grade point average of 3.00, including 12 credit hours of core courses, 6 credit hours of professional courses, 6 credit hours of methods courses, and 6 credit hours of research/capstone courses. Students also take 15 credit hours of electives. Students choose a concentration in either SIS or SOC and complete a total of 24 credits hours in that concentration, including their research/capstone requirement. Students must take 24 credits in their home school (SIS or SOC) to fulfill degree requirements. Students may not take more than 24 credits in their home school. Request for the transfer of a maximum of 6 graduate credits will be considered only on an exceptional basis.
  • Internship is required although a student is not required to register for academic credit. This requirement may be waived (e.g., based on prior or current work experience).
  • For students whose home school is SOC: a three-to-five page paper discussing the capstone project’s relationship to the field of International Media.
  • Capstone experience: demonstration of research and writing skills through completion of the research/capstone requirement courses with grades of B or better. 
  • Proficiency in a modern foreign language. 
  • Research competence in English and another language relevant to the student's career objectives must be certified. 

Course Requirements

Core (12 credit hours)

  • COMM-648 Topics in International Media (3) 
  • SIS-640 International Communication (3) 
  • two of the following:
    • COMM-640 Principles of Strategic Communication (3) 
    • SIS-644 Communication and Social Economic Development (3) 
    • SIS-645 International Communication and Cultural Policy (3)

Professional (6 credit hours)

  • COMM-688 Media Writing (3) 
  • COMM-638 Production Practicum (1-3) 

Methods (6 credit hours)

  • SIS 600 International Affairs Stats and Methods
  • COMM-738 Public Communication Research Methods (3) 

Research/Capstone Requirement (3 credit hours)

  • SIS-797 Master’s Research Supervision (3-6) (may include 3 elective credits)
    or SIS 793 Practicum in International Affairs (3)
  • or
  • COMM-795 Capstone Seminar in International Media and COMM-691 Internship

Students who take COMM-710 or COMM-744 and COMM-691 Internship for the research/capstone requirement may take only one additional 3-credit SOC (COMM-xxx) elective. 

Electives and Concentration (15 credit hours)

  • SOC students: 15 credit hours in elective courses including 6 credit hours from the IC or SOC concentrations
    SIS students: 18 credit hours in elective courses including 6 credit hours from the SIS or SOC concentraitons
  • International Communication (IC) (6 credit hours)
    • SIS-628 Advanced Topics in International Communication (1-3) (approved topics) 
    • SIS-633 Selected Topics in International Communication (1-3)
    • Approved electives in other SIS fields related to International Communication  
  • School of Communication (SOC) (6 credit hours)
    • Theoretical 
    • COMM-504 Journalism Ethics (3)
    • COMM-509 Politics and the Media (3)
    • COMM-511 History of Documentary (3) 
    • COMM-512 Social Documentary (3) 
    • COMM-514 Censorship and Media (3)
    • COMM-516 Topics in Film and Media Arts (3) 
    • COMM-517 History of Cross-Cultural Cinema (3) 
    • COMM-527 History of Photography (3) 
    • COMM-531 Political Communication (3) 
    • COMM-533 Ethics in Strategic Communication (3)
    • COMM-535 Special Topics in News Media (3) 
    • COMM-539 International Public Relations (3) 
    • COMM-541 Crisis Communication (3)
    • COMM-542 Media Relations (3) 
    • COMM-544 Foreign Correspondence (3) 
    • COMM-546 Foreign Policy and the Press (3) 
    • COMM-548 Global Journalism (3) 
    • COMM-601 Legal Journalism (3)
    • COMM-711 Teaching Seminar in Communication (3)
    • COMM-735 Communication Theory (3) 
    • Professional 
    • COMM-502 In-Depth Journalism (3)
    • COMM-521 Opinion Writing (3) 
    • COMM-522 Writing for Convergent Media (3)
    • COMM-524 Producing Environmental and Wildlife Films (3)
    • COMM-540 Social Marketing (3)
    • COMM-543 Speechwriting (3)
    • COMM-544 Foreign Correspondence (3)
    • COMM-551 Grassroots Digital Advocacy (3)
    • COMM-552 Social Media Strategies & Tactics (3)
    • COMM-567 Communication and Social Change (3) 
    • COMM-588 Race, Ethnicity & Community Reporting (3)
    • COMM-630 Principles of Photography (3) 
    • COMM-631 Film and Video Production I (3) 
    • COMM-632 Backpack Video Journalism (3)
    • COMM-635 Introduction to Studio Television (3) 
    • COMM-644 Writing for Strategic Communication (3) 
    • COMM-650 Digital Imaging (3) 
    • COMM-652 Web Studio (3) 
  • 9 additional credit hours in approved elective courses 

Students must take 24 credits in their home school (SIS or SOC) to fulfill degree requirements. Students may not take beyond 24 credits in their home school.