The Mass Communication master's program at Middle Tennessee State University provides students with an opportunity to reflect on their media experiences and prepare for advancement in their careers or to pursue a doctoral degree. Our classes blend management and theoretical skills, providing students with new managerial and empirical skills as well as a deeper understanding of the impact of media on audiences as well as the cultural context of media in western and global societies.
The College of Mass Communication offers two degrees; the Master of Science (M.S.) in Mass Communication and the Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in Recording Arts and Technologies. Our Master of Science degree program in Mass Communication is the only one of its kind in the middle Tennessee region.
Our program trains students in two schools of theory and methods -- quantitative and qualitative theory and methods. Students conclude the program with either a thesis or professional project. Students who opt for a final professional project will find the program suited to working professionals seeking a broader understanding of the changing media landscape and new methodologies which can assist their careers such as developing surveys or leading focus groups that accurately measure public perceptions. The final thesis option is designed for traditional graduate students who are on the path toward a doctoral program. Students from both tracks take core courses in theory and methodology and media law and ethics. In addition, the program offers more applied professional courses and topics classes that allow students to craft a program that suits their interests and career goals.
We have a slogan for the program: "A time to reflect. A time to advance." Reflection occurs through your readings and discussions with faculty and fellow graduate students. Our small class sizes (usually 10 to 15 students maximum) provide an opportunity for thoughtful consideration of past and present professional experiences as we together pursue a deeper understanding of media and audiences. Both online and in person, on weeknights and weekends, our classes will prepare you for your next step.
Because Middle Tennessee State University is an open admissions campus, we allow students who have been accepted for graduate study at the University level to take one class from a limited selection of courses within the Mass Communication graduate program in the semester before formal admission into the program.
The 500 acres of Middle Tennessee State University make up the oldest and largest public campus in the area. Easy to access because of its location at Tennessee's geographic center, the University is only 30 miles from Nashville, the state capital and home to one of the largest recording and media production economies in the country. MTSU is proud of its status as a comprehensive doctoral/research-intensive University. The College of Graduate Studies oversees more than 55 programs, including graduate certificates, master's, specialist's, and doctoral degrees. Total student enrollment is over 22,000; there are approximately 2,000 graduate students at any given time.
The Mass Communication program is located in the John Bragg Mass Communication Building, a facility that contains state-of-the-art broadcasting, recording, and digital studio and editing equipment. An example of the many University resources supporting graduate study is the James E. Walker Library, which has resources for reading, research, and group study. More than 350 computers are available for accessing local and international information and searching electronic databases.