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Pictured is alumna Megan Guza. Photo | Stephanie StrasburgAs a graduate student, Megan Guza (above) investigated crime rates in former Mon Valley steel towns. Her full report published on 90.5 WESA: In Mon Valley Steel Towns, Shrunken Communities and an Increase in Crime.

Beginning in the fall of 2015, the School of Communication will offer a 36-credit Master of Arts in Media Communication. Formerly the M.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication, the M.A. in Media Communication is journalistically centered and designed to meet the needs of an ever-changing media landscape for professionals looking to advance their careers.

"This program is unique in its broad range of specialties and the ability of the student to shape a curriculum to his or her individual needs."

-- Steve Hallock, Ph.D.

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Students in the M.A. program can choose from three specializations:

  • Public relations and advertising: Students will create public relations and advertising campaigns and learn the latest theory and practices in creating messages that influence the public on behalf of corporations, government, education and non-profit organizations.
  • Documentary: Students will report on political, social and cultural issues to produce compelling audio, photo and/or video documentaries and explore best practices in funding, distributing and marketing their work.
  • Journalism: Students will do real-world journalism and build a professional portfolio. Students can choose from one of three tracks of study: the journalism initiative track with concentrations in environmental studies, education, criminal justice or business; the professional track; or the thesis track.

"This program is unique in its broad range of specialties and the ability of the student to shape a curriculum to his or her individual needs," said Steve Hallock, Ph.D., associate professor of journalism and director of the School of Communication's graduate programs. "This program offers small classes that combine theoretical knowledge, which can apply to future doctoral work if the student wants to pursue a terminal degree, with practical instruction by professors who work or have worked in their fields."

Courses in the program will be offered for both daytime and evening schedules, giving students the option of completing degree course work entirely through evening classes.

"Students in the M.A. program will learn the elements of media and communication and produce work that is used in the community to build a strong portfolio and resume," added Hallock.

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Applicants are now being accepted for the fall 2015 term. For additional information on this program, contact the Office of Graduate Admission at 412-392-3808 or email