Media Studies Master’s Program

Student Poster PresentationThe master’s program in Media Studies is aligned with our doctoral program in exposing students to a wide range of ideas concerning the structure, function and role of communication in society.

Areas of overlapping faculty and program strength that students may study include: media institutions; ethics, law and policy; and international and multicultural communication.

Goals for individual students vary. Some may seek to return to the professions as leaders and innovators who actively contribute to improving the quality of media and communications. Others may seek preparation for doctoral work either in the SOJC Media Studies program or elsewhere.

What It Will Cost

Most students are given 2 years of Graduate Teaching Fellowship funding.

Where We’re Located

Our full-time residential program offers classes at the main UO campus in Eugene.

How to Apply

The application deadline for fall 2016 is February 1. Start the process with our easy online application.

Program Requirements

Credits: 46 graduate credits minimum (at least: 24 graded and 30 in residence)

Cumulative GPA: 3.00 or higher

5 Required courses in year one:

  • J611, Mass Communication and Society (4)
  • J610, Media Theory I (5)
  • J610, Media Theory II (5)
  • J610, Media Theory III (5)
  • J641, Qualitative Research Method (4) OR J642, Quantitative Research Methods

1 or more 600-level conceptual courses in the SOJC
J610 graduate seminars count toward this requirement.

  • Courses numbered J601- J609 do not count toward this requirement, except by petition to the student’s adviser and chair of the Graduate Affairs Committee.
  • Certain 500-level courses may be considered for this requirement.
  • J563 and J633 courses, including “Writing About…” courses do not fulfill this requirement.
  • Media/Communications courses offered at the 600-level in other schools or departments may count toward this requirement and must be reviewed by the Graduate Affairs Committee.

1 additional methods course
This course may be taken within or outside of the SOJC. If taken within the School, it may count toward the three additional 600-level courses (see above). If taken outside of the School, it may count toward the outside credit.

8-16 graduate credits (500- or 600- level) outside the SOJC
The courses chosen must be part of a consistent, related, educationally enhancing plan that has been approved by the student’s adviser prior to enrollment.

Graduate Thesis or Professional Project
9 credits in J503, Thesis or professional project OR
6 credits in J609, Terminal Project

Your thesis or terminal project must be approved and supervised by a faculty committee. Your adviser and two other committee members supervise the research and writing of the thesis or project. A written proposal must be approved by the committee before work begins.

Proposal Approval Forms are available on the Graduate Forms page.

Students should register for Thesis (J503) or Terminal Project (J609) during the terms in which they are researching and writing their thesis or project.

Master’s program thesis and terminal project information.

NOTE: Courses that do not carry graduate credit (400-level and lower) do not count toward the 46 required credits and are not considered in determining the graduate GPA.  The program concludes with either a thesis or a professional project.  Students typically take five or six terms to complete the program.