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The program leading to the Master of Arts in Media and Communications offers three (3) sequences: interpersonal communication, mass communications and journalism.

The interpersonal communication sequence has two tracks: (1) speech communication and (2) composition and language studies. The sequence aims to provide dimensions of academic preparation and professional experiences to prepare students for a wide range of occupations. The curriculum covers general linguistics, American English language, language and society, the communication arts, communication behavior, speech communication, analytic and critical reading and intercultural communication.

The mass communications sequence has two tracks: (1) broadcast administration and (2) media production. The broadcast administration track is designed to provide students with academic knowledge and work experience required for careers in the administration of the electronic media (cable, satellite, radio and television) at the mid-management level. The media production track is designed to provide students with advanced skills and work experience in planning, creating, organizing and producing a wide variety of media audio and video productions.

The journalism sequence has two tracks: (1) news editorial management and (2) public relations. The sequence is designed as a mid-career program for journalists and media and public relations practitioners or those who want to build upon a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.

ADMISSION

Requirements: Admission to the program leading to a Master of Arts in Media and Communications may be on a degree or non-degree basis. To be admitted as a degree candidate, a student must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with an overall academic average of 2.75 (based on a 4.0 scale), and have a 3.0 average in their major field of study from an accredited college or university. A personal interview may be required.

A student who otherwise meets all of the general requirements for admission but whose overall undergraduate academic average falls below the required 2.75 yet exceeds 2.49 (based on a 4.0 scale), may be accepted on provisional status and may take up to nine semester hours in the program. Upon completing the first nine hours of graduate work in the program at the university with a 3.0 or above average, the student may petition the Master of Arts in Media and Communications Graduate Admissions Committee for regular admission to the program and degree seeking status.

Re-admission: Re-admission to the program is not automatic. After an absence of a semester or longer, a former student must apply for re-admission to the program and follow the regular admission procedure. In lieu of the re-admission process, a student may maintain their matriculation status while they are not registered for classes by filing a continuous registration form and paying the appropriate fee.

Non-Degree Status: A person with a baccalaureate degree who seeks to take particular courses but not work toward a graduate degree on a matriculating basis may be admitted on a non-degree status. The student may at a later date apply for admission to degree status. A change in status does not imply, however, that course work completed in the non-degree status will be automatically accepted and applied to degree program requirements.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

A completed application consists of the following:

1. A fully completed graduate application form.

2. An official academic transcript showing that a baccalaureate degree has in fact been awarded to the applicant.

3. Three (3) letters of recommendation.

4. A personal goals statement relative to the graduate field of study.

5. Foreign students must take the TOEFL Exam and receive the required minimum score as required by the Division of Graduate Studies at Norfolk State University.

Only fully completed applications will be reviewed by the Master of Arts in Media and Communications Graduate Admissions Committee. The Graduate Admissions Committee meets on a regular basis during the academic year. The deadline for all fully completed applications is two weeks prior to the start of each semester.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEGREE

In order to meet the requirements for the Master of Arts in Media and Communications, a student may elect one of three options: 1) complete 30 credit hours of course work, 2) complete 24 credit hours of course work and 6 credit hours for a thesis or project, or 3) complete 24 credit hours of course work and 6 credit hours for an internship.

The time limit for completion for the Master of Arts in Media and Communications is five (5) years. Students must have an overall 3.0 grade point average for all course work in the degree program in order to graduate.

Transfer Credit: Up to six (6) hours of graduate level transfer credit course work may be approved by the Master of Arts in Media and Communications Graduate Admissions Committee. Students must have earned a grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) for each hour of transfer credit accepted.

Residence Requirement: At least eighteen (18) hours of graduate work in Media and Communications must be taken in continuous matriculation at Norfolk State University.

Course Load: A full-time graduate student enrolled during an academic year is permitted to carry a maximum course load of twelve (12) credit hours per semester and six (6) credit hours during a Summer Session. To be considered in full-time study, the student must be registered for at least nice (9) credit hours each semester during the regular academic year. Any departure from these regulations must be approved by the Master of Arts in Media and Communications Graduate Admissions Committee.

Thesis: The master's thesis provides an opportunity for scholarly mass media and/or communications research. In preparation for such research, the student must have taken COM 651-Communications Research Methods. Before initiating a thesis, the student must select a thesis committee composed of three members of the graduate faculty in the Media and Communications graduate program. One of the committee members must agree to be the student's thesis advisor. The student may submit their thesis proposal to the committee upon completion of twelve (12) hours of graduate course work in the program.

Project: The project for the master's degree provides an opportunity for artistic creativity by writing, producing and directing a quality audio and video media production. Before initiating a production project the student must select a production project committee composed of three members of the graduate faculty in the Media and Communications graduate program. One of the committee members must agree to be the student's production project advisor. The student may submit their production project proposal to the committee upon completion of twelve (12) hours of course work in the program.

Internship: The internship for the master's degree provides a student with practical experience in a setting in which the student expects to be employed. After completing the residence requirement, the student who chooses an internship as partial fulfillment of the master's degree requirement must submit a viable internship proposal to the Master of Arts in Media and Communications Graduate Internship Committee for approval. The student must submit as part of their proposal the name of the approved agency, the nature of the student's responsibilities during the internship and a signed statement from the person(s) who will be student's supervisor during the internship indicating their willingness to supervise the student and in turn submit the student's evaluation to the student's academic advisor. The student must perform satisfactorily for not less than 180 clock hours in the approved agency during the semester(s) the student is enrolled in the internship course.