The Master of Arts in Mass Communication program is located within the School of Mass Communication (SMC) and emphasizes critical thinking about media content and its effects on the public. It also teaches students how to analyze and conduct scholarly research in Mass Communication and how to write up and present the results of such research to both scholarly and non- scholarly audiences. Although the program does not emphasize the teaching of journalistic writing skills, it does offer limited opportunities to earn graduate credit in advanced skills course work in Mass Communication and Public Relations.
The program is open to students with undergraduate majors or minors in Mass Communication, to working journalists, and to those without Mass Communication backgrounds who are willing to complete several undergraduate Mass Communication skills courses, as determined by the program coordinator upon admission.
Students can complete this program in the traditional face-to-face setting or online. We offer courses online, in the evening and morning for the convenience of working professionals. Generally, these courses meet once a week for approximately three hours.
- Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with a grade point average of at least 3.0 (4.0 scale) on the last 60 hours of undergraduate credit
- Letter of 250-500 words outlining professional goals and purpose for desiring the degree
- A résumé of professional and academic experience and accomplishments
- Two letters of recommendation from former professors who can evaluate the applicant’s academic abilities
All of these materials, including official transcript(s) from the institution(s) awarding the last 60 undergraduate semester hours, all graduate hours, and all degrees must be submitted to the UA Little Rock Graduate School. In evaluating each applicant, the graduate program admissions committee weighs the transcript(s) and evidence of professional competence or potential. Students whose application materials do not satisfy regular admission requirements may submit scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) as supplemental information to be considered by the admissions committee.
Early Entry Program
Undergraduate students may apply and be accepted provisionally into the MA program any time after completing 75 or more hours of undergraduate course work. However, at least 90 hours of undergraduate coursework must have been completed by the time the first graduate mass communication course is taken.
All applicants must have a least a 3.2 overall GPA to be considered.
All applicants must complete an Early-Entry Application, be interviewed and approved for admission by the SMC graduate coordinator. The graduate coordinator’s decision is final and cannot be appealed.
The Early-Entry Application must be approved by the graduate coordinator before the student begins graduate coursework. Failure to obtain prior approval negates the ability to “double count” courses.
Once accepted into the MA program, students can take up to 12 hours of graduate cousework, which will count towards both the bachelor’s and master’s degree.
Students must complete their bachelor’s degree before they complete 15 hours of graduate coursework.
Students must meet with the SMC graduate coordinator after acceptance into the early entry program to plan and approve the graduate courses they will take.
Accepted students will have provisional status in the graduate program, pending the award of their baccalaureate degree. If, at the end of his/her baccalaureate degree, an early entry student has failed to meet the Graduate School admission requirement of a 3.0 overall undergraduate GPA with no grades below a B, she/he will be dismissed from the SMC MA program.
Students accepted into the early entry program will be subject to the same policies as traditional graduate students.
The early entry program may not be used in conjunction with the credit reservation program; therefore, no graduate courses take before admission to the early entry program may be applied to the MA degree.