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The M.S. degree in Mass Communications with a concentration in Multimedia Journalism provides students with the opportunity to learn the theory and practice of journalism in an immersion news environment. The students may specialize through graduate electives, projects and stories in any number of “beat” areas. For example, students may focus on coverage of health or the environment or concentrate on learning about international coverage.
The graduate multimedia journalism program builds on the School’s already strong undergraduate journalism program, which has been in the forefront of schools in the nation that are requiring undergraduate students to acquire multimedia skills. A number of faculty in the School are recognized for their expertise in new media and do extensive newsroom training and education for professional journalists. Top-level industry professionals also teach in the graduate program.
The field of journalism requires a new generation of communications professionals who are able to function at the highest levels of professional practice and apply sophisticated writing and reporting skills to a multi-platform media environment.
The Master of Science in Mass Communications (Multimedia Journalism) is designed to help professionals working in journalism or those with undergraduate journalism degrees achieve higher levels of professional competence. Admission requirements include an academic background in journalism (university degree) or at least two years of appropriate journalism experience.
The degree requires 36 credit hours, 30 of which are in the journalism discipline. Students take an additional six credit hours in a collateral area outside of mass communications.
The program is designed so that students will take three courses each semester (fall and spring). During each semester, two of the courses will be offered in the evenings and one will be offered online. Thus, students will be able to complete the course work over two years of study.
Read the program description in the VCU Bulletin.
Additional information also is available in the School of Mass Communications Graduate Handbook (pdf).
The mission of the Master of Science in Mass Communications-Multimedia Journalism is to provide graduate, professional education for students who are in various stages of their careers in journalism and the broader communications industry and who seek to develop a stronger foundation and preparation in multimedia journalism.
Students graduating from this program will demonstrate higher level skills in concept building with a focus on critical thinking, and in the design of journalism news stories and packages with a multimedia focus
Students graduating from the multimedia journalism graduate program will communicate clearly and effectively in written and multimedia platforms to serve news audiences
Students graduating from this program will demonstrate the ability to conduct basic research that is applicable to journalism and multimedia
Students graduating from this program will be able to effectively apply tools and technologies to multimedia news stories and packages as appropriate for the news industry and other communication workplaces
To apply online, complete the application form available at the VCU Graduate School Website. Pay the online application fee. Send official, sealed transcripts for all graduate and undergraduate work to the VCU Graduate School. Make sure that your official GRE scores also are sent to the VCU Graduate School.
A detailed CV showing work experience in journalism or appropriate educational credentials
Transcripts of all previous work
Three recommendations from persons who are qualified to give information concerning the applicant’s ability for the specific program of study proposed
A personal statement detailing specific journalism career goals
A portfolio of work in journalism
Director of Graduate Studies
VCU School of Mass Communications
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