Flexibility for your degree

Whether you’re interested in international journalism, media production, or communication strategy, Global Media offers the flexibility to design a degree that matches your unique career goals. The program encompasses courses from both the School of International Service and the School of Communication, multiple concentrations, and hands-on experiential learning that allow students to customize their academic experiences. Students take away a deeper understanding of communication platforms and global economic and political issues, as well as the skills, knowledge, and ethical groundings to be professionally competent international journalists, media producers, visual media makers, campaign managers, or communication strategists.

Degree Option

The MA in Global Media is a unique, interdisciplinary program that integrates the study of global communication theory and hands-on media production skills. Conceptual and applied courses are designed to help students master strategic global communication, research methods, and global media tools and frameworks. Students learn to write for a broad range of media and take production classes in filmmaking, newswriting, digital imaging, web design, photography, and strategic communication. The program is committed to creating a diverse learning environment that encourages the development of personal and professional connections across the globe.


"Analysis" concentrations are housed in the School of International Service; "production" concentrations are housed in the School of Communication. Global Media students can choose any of these concentrations regardless of their home school. Below are samples of the courses you can take by concentration.


  • SIS 619 Human Rights, Media, and Political Communication
  • SIS 619 Human and Global Security
  • SIS 628 Intercultural Leadership
  • SIS 628 Crisis Management and Communication in International Work
  • SIS 628 Race in International Relations
  • SIS 628 Communication, Cultural, and International Conflict
  • SIS 619 Cyber Policy, Conflict, and International Affairs
  • SIS 619 Cyber Conflict: Surveillance, Privacy, and Activism
  • SIS 628 Global Social Media: Identity and Youth
  • SIS 619 Negotiation Analysis and Skills
  • SIS 628 Applied Public Diplomacy
  • SIS 628 Crisis Management and Communication in International Work
  • SIS 628 Global Perspectives on Public Diplomacy
  • SIS 730 Contemporary Public Diplomacy: Changes and Challenges 
  • SIS 730 Policy Briefing
  • SIS 619 Peace Education
  • SIS 619 Youth and Conflict
  • SIS 628 Globalization, Migration, and Education: Emergence of Transnational Education
  • SIS 628 Global Migration
  • SIS 628 Managing International and Intercultural Programs and Exchanges



  • COMM 601 Communication Law
  • COMM 609 Journalism Ethics
  • COMM 643 Foreign Policy and the Press
  • COMM 645 Global Journalism: Issues and Trends in the Twenty-First Century
  • COMM 503 Broadcast and Multimedia Journalism Management


  • COMM 521 Opinion Writing
  • COMM 544 Foreign Correspondence
  • COMM 560 Backpack Documentary
  • COMM 588 Race, Ethnic, and Community Reporting
  • COMM 607 International Investigative Reporting
  • COMM 618 Data-Driven Journalism
  • COMM 619 In-Depth Journalism
  • COMM 622 Writing and Editing for Convergent Media
  • COMM 544 Foreign Correspondence
  • COMM 560 Backpack Documentary
  • COMM 630 Principles of Photography
  • COMM 676 Photojournalism and Social Documentary


  • COMM 533 Ethics in Strategic Communication
  • COMM 567 Communication and Social Change
  • COMM 639 Political Communication
  • COMM 640 Principles of Strategic Communication
  • COMM 641 Crisis Communication
  • COMM 735 Communication Theory 
  • COMM 738 Research for Strategic Communication


  • COMM 540 Social Marketing for Social Impact
  • COMM 542 Media Relations
  • COMM 543 Speechwriting
  • COMM 551 Grassroots Digital Advocacy
  • COMM 573 Visual Strategies in Public Relations
  • COMM 608 Social Media Strategies and Tactics
  • COMM 644 Writing for Strategic Communication


  • COMM 514 Censorship and Media
  • COMM 611 History of Documentary
  • COMM 612 Social Documentary
  • COMM 614 History of Cross-Cultural Cinema
  • COMM 677 History of Photography
  • COMM 701 Graduate Seminar in Film Theory and Practice


  • COMM 524 Producing Environmental and Wildlife Films
  • COMM 560 Backpack Documentary
  • COMM 630 Principles of Photography
  • COMM 631 Film and Video Production and Direction
  • COMM 635 Television Studio Production
  • COMM 602 Digital Media Literacy and Skills
  • COMM 603 Web Development
  • COMM 604 Dynamic Content
  • COMM 650 Digital Imaging
  • COMM 652 Web Studio
  • COMM 654 Motion Graphics and Effects I
  • COMM 601 Communication Law
  • COMM 605 Video for Social Media
  • COMM 610 Principles of Video Production
  • COMM 612 Social Documentary
  • COMM 538 Contemporary Media Issues
  • COMM 615 Children, Youth, and Digital Culture
  • COMM 643 Foreign Policy and the Press
  • COMM 667 Communication, Copyright, and Culture
  • COMM 668 Musical Cultures and Industries
  • COMM 689 Communication, Culture, and the Environment
  • COMM 750 Advanced Media Theory
  • COMM 751 Advanced Media Research Methods


An important part of the Global Media master's degree is the capstone research project. Students can choose from different options to fulfill their capstone.

The practicum is a semester-long research project conducted in partnership with a professional organization. Practicum research teams are made up of six to eight students who work with a faculty supervisor and an organizational partner. Students develop the focus of the research in consultation with the partner, design and execute the work, and write a publication-quality report. Some projects are conducted locally, while others involve international research and/or travel.

The Master's Thesis is an original research project appropriate for students looking to complete a longer and more academically rigorous research paper. It is similar to the Substantial Research Paper, but will completed over the course of one year.

The Substantial Research Paper (SRP) is an independent research project intended to integrate and apply knowledge from the field to a final scholarly project. The SRP culminates in a 50- to 60-page report that defines a question, applies one or more specific research methods to the question, develops findings, and discusses their implications and significance. Completed during your final semester in the program, the SRP is conducted under the supervision of a GM faculty member.

Application            At a Glance

View a detailed admission and degree requirements listing for your degree of interest.

Entrance Semester
Fall and Spring
Application Deadline
January 15 for the fall semester
October 1 for the spring semester (September 15 for international applicants)
Additional Requirements
Undergraduate degree
Two letters of recommendation
Statement of Purpose
TOEFL/IELTS score if non-native English speaker
Completion of online application