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How long will it take?

Most full-time students complete the program in 2 years.

Where will I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: March 15
  • Spring: October 15
  • Summer: Does not admit

Communication, Mass Communication, M.A.

Graduate Program Director
Dr. Douglas Barthlow
[email protected]

The Master of Arts degree in Mass Communication fosters the advanced research study of media culture and public communication, including international media, journalism, strategic communication and public relations, social media, media effects and audience studies. Our faculty examine elements of the mass media from qualitative and social scientific vantage points, and study media in a variety of contexts across a number of nations.

The Department of Communication offers a multidisciplinary program to prepare communication professionals and academicians for the demands of the 21st century. Based on perspectives from rhetoric, public argument, audience research, media studies, global communication, international communication, health communication, strategic communication and new media, Communication Studies explores public discourse and mass-mediated environments to prepare students to investigate how persuasive practices are transforming culture at home and abroad.


Program Details
    • Statement of purpose
    • Academic writing sample (class research paper) recommended
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • Resume (assistantship applicants only)
    • Transcripts (one from each institution attended)
    • Official TOEFL/IELTS scores (international applicants only) *

* Institutional code 5251 should be used for reporting TOEFL

It is helpful if at least one of the letters of recommendation is from a former professor who can speak to your past scholarship and aptitude for graduate-level work.

For the statement of purpose, submit a statement which summarizes your research, academic and potential professional interest, and details your intellectual interests as they relate to communication.

You may use the statement to bring information to the attention of faculty reviewers you think is of importance. For example, if your application contains evidence of special strength or weakness, you might choose to address that in your statement. If your undergraduate or graduate transcripts would benefit from additional explanation (for example, if you wish to call to our attention your higher grades in communication-related courses or your record of improvement), it would be appropriate to add that language to this statement.

You should address the question: Why do you wish to pursue studies with the Georgia State Department of Communication? If you are undecided about the particular direction you wish to pursue, do your best to specify the direction you are heading.

The program requires a minimum of 36 hours of coursework.

Research Thesis option:

  • Six hours of core courses:
    • COMM 6010 Issues and Perspectives in Communication (3)
    • COMM 6030 Research Methods in Communication (3)
  • Eighteen to twenty-four hours of courses designated by the area of concentration
  • Up to six hours of coursework in related fields
  • Proficiency in a foreign language or approved research skill
  • Minimum of six hours of COMM 6990 Thesis Research
  • A successful research thesis prospectus defense
  • A research thesis
  • A successful research thesis defense

Course-Intensive option:

  • Six hours of core courses:
    • COMM 6010 Issues and Perspectives in Communication (3)
    • COMM 6030 Research Methods in Communication (3)
  • Eighteen to twenty-seven additional hours in communication courses designated by the concentration (mass communication, and human communication and social influence)
  • Optional 0–6 hours of allied coursework in another area of concentration or outside the department as approved by the advisor
  • Two additional approved elective courses, where the credit hours total to a full six hours substitution
  • An approved research paper to show research competence

Visit the catalog for curriculum details.

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To be considered for a Graduate Assistantship you must submit a Graduate Assistantship Application with an updated resume. Assistantships are for full-time students and they provide a tuition waiver and stipend in exchange for work hours. All graduate assistantships start in the fall semester and run through the academic year.

The M.A. in Mass Communication can be pursued as an end in it itself for professional career advancement and, given its scholarly research emphasis, is also a stepping stone for pursuing a doctorate, especially for those choosing the thesis track.



Atlanta is a major media market, employing about 3,150 editors, broadcasters, reporters and analysts, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.



Mailing Address and Office Location

Department of Communication
25 Park Place
Suite 800, 8th Floor
Atlanta, GA  30303

Graduate Program Director
Dr. Douglas Barthlow
[email protected]

College of Arts & Sciences Lockup25 Park Pl NE #2500
Atlanta, GA 30303

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