Online Master of Arts in Journalism, New Media Studies emphasis launches

Updated 3 years ago Special to HNN Provided by Marshall University
Online Master of Arts in Journalism, New Media Studies emphasis launches

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Marshall University is offering a fully online graduate program in New Media Studies beginning this fall.

It is a 30-credit-hour program that serves individuals who want to enter mass communications for the first time or veterans who are retooling for a changing industry. The online Master of Arts in Journalism maintains the school’s commitment to advanced study and research, but it approaches mass communications’ storytelling and graduate scholarship in innovative ways. Students will study, write, design and produce digital work that will be distributed through emerging technology including mobile devices.


The “master’s initiative” requirement of the program is a three-semester project that produces a non-traditional thesis. Six hours of branch electives help students tailor the program to meet their individual needs and interests.


“We are excited to begin offering this new online master’s degree that will allow students the flexibility and innovative coursework to meet the demands of the 21st century mass media,” said Dr. Robert Rabe, graduate coordinator for the school of Journalism and Mass Communications. “Students will be able to tailor an individualized sequence of courses and experiences that prepare them for exactly the kinds of careers they hope to pursue.”


In addition to the new program, the School of Journalism and Mass Communications offers its traditional Master of Arts in Journalism, an M.A.J. with a health care emphasis and three free-standing 15-hour certificate programs in Media Management, Integrated Strategic Communications and Digital Communications.


For more information about the programs, and for admission requirements, contact Rabe by phone at 304-696-2360, or visit the school’s website,

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