University of Wisconsin–Madison

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Journalism and Mass Communication

5115 Vilas Communication Hall
821 University Ave
Madison WI 53706
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Program contact: Lisa Aarli
Phone: 608-263-4858
Fax: 608-262-1361
Email: aarli@wisc.edu

Face-to-Face Evening/weekend1 Online2 Hybrid3 Accelerated4 Add'l assistantship and/or enrollment policy5
Admitting Degree(s):
M.A.

About the Journalism and Mass Communication Program

The Research M.A. develops tools in mass communication research and typically leads to enrollment in a doctoral program. Course work provides background and training in communication theory and analytical tools; solid grasp of theory and methods should be evident in the student M.A. thesis. The Professional M.A. typically leads to careers in news and information production. Expect courses on practical communication skills, conceptual knowledge, and an area of specialization.

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Additional Policy

M.A. Students are eligible to receive scholarships and graduate assistantships and will be considered for financial assistance as part of the admission process.

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1 These programs are offered in an evening and/or weekend format to accommodate working schedules. Enjoy the advantages of on-campus courses and personal connections, while keeping your day job. For more information about the meeting schedule of a specific program, contact the program.

2 These programs are offered primarily online. Many available online programs can be completed almost entirely online with all online programs offering at least 50 percent or more of the program work online. Some online programs have an on-campus component that is often designed to accommodate working schedules. Take advantage of the convenience of online learning while participating in a rich, interactive learning environment. For more information about the online nature of a specific program, contact the program.

3 These programs have innovative curricula that combine on-campus and online formats. Most hybrid programs are completed on-campus with a partial or completely online semester. For more information about the hybrid schedule of a specific program, contact the program.

4 These on-campus programs are offered in an accelerated format that allows you to complete your program in a condensed time-frame. Enjoy the advantages of on-campus courses with minimal disruption to your career. For more information about the accelerated nature of a specific program, contact the program.

5 Students in most on-campus graduate programs are eligible for assistantships. Please look carefully at the additional policies listed above for more information about the specific assistantship and enrollment policies for the program. Contact the program with any questions.