Master of Arts in Media Communications
Welcome to Webster University's online program in media communications. This degree is intended for students who have both an interest and background in media communications.
All students entering this program are required to consult with a School of Communications academic advisor prior to registration. Qualifications and prerequisite courses will be determined at that time. Qualifications include an educational background or professional experience in the student's intended area of graduate media communications study. The selection of prerequisites will depend on the student's area of academic interest in media communications and will be determined through consultation with a School of Communications academic advisor.
Students without educational background or professional experience in the media communications field are required to enroll in 6 credit hours of prerequisite coursework. Students must earn a grade of "B" or better in prerequisite courses, if required, before they are allowed to enroll in graduate courses. The prerequisite courses are not counted toward the 36 credit hours required for the degree, nor are they considered as part of the credit hours required for advancement to candidacy.
The media communications program reflects the Webster University tradition of academic excellence and innovation in delivering career-oriented education to working professionals. The same distinguished faculty members who teach the traditional classroom courses also teach many of the online courses in the media communications program. Other instructors have been recruited specifically for their reputation and expertise in their areas of specialty. All have extensive professional experience and adhere to the same rigorous academic standards.
The 36 credit hours required for the MA in media communications degree must include the following courses (21 credit hours):
- MEDC 5000 Media Communications (Requisite Course)
- MEDC 5310 Media and Culture
- MEDC 5350 Media Organization and Regulations
- MEDC 5360 International Communications
- MEDC 5400 Media Production Management
- MEDC 6000 Seminar in Media Communications
- MEDC Elective--One additional core course from MEDC electives, as determined through consultation with an academic advisor
In addition to the seven core courses, students can choose elective courses offered in the other School of Communications majors. Courses from program curricula outside the School of Communications may be considered, if appropriate and approved in advance using a program option request form. Students taking courses that are a part of their approved curriculum and that are from outside of the School of Communications should verify prerequisites with the appropriate school or college.
The following is a sample of courses offered in other School of Communications majors that students can choose as electives for this degree:
- BUSN 5000: Business
- BUSN 5680: Issues in Business Project Management
- HRMG 5000: Developing and Managing Human Resources
- INTB 5000: International Business
- MNGT 5000: Management
- MRKT 5000: Marketing
- MEDC 5010: Introduction to Graduate Studies: Advanced Thinking and Writing
- MEDC 5300 Strategic Communications
- MEDC 5460: Media Research
- PBRL 4190: Public Relations Research
- PBRL 5322: Public Relations
- PBRL 5323: Organizational Communications
- PBRL 5465: Crisis Management Communications
These courses are taught in the classroom:
- HRDV 5680: Ethics, Values, and Legal Issues in Human Resources Development
- INTB 5650: International Business Management
- MEDC 5430: Media Communications Technology
- MEDC 5550: Topics in Media Communications
- MEDC 5600: Introduction to Interactive Communications
- MEDC 5650: Special Topics in Interactive Media
- PBRL 5451: Communication Strategies for Investors and and Financial Stakeholders
- PBRL 5452: Communication Strategies for Public Affairs and Government Relations
Not all courses listed above will be available to students at all locations.