Whereas our professional master’s programs aim primarily to teach advanced skills in preparation for employment and leadership in the media and communication industries, our Media Studies M.A./M.S. program 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; international communication; and communication and diversity. 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.
Course Requirements for the Media Studies Option
Candidates for the Media Studies Master’s degree must earn at least 46 graduate credits (24 of which must be graded) with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher. The Graduate School requires that all master’s candidates complete a minimum of 30 credits (24 of which must be graded) taken at the Eugene campus and that all work for the master’s degree be completed within seven years. Courses that do not carry graduate credit (400-level and lower) 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.
Specific requirements follow:
--Certain 500-level courses may be considered for this requirement.
--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.
Foreign Language Requirement
Students pursuing an M.A. degree must demonstrate competence in one foreign language. Language competence must be demonstrated within the overall seven-year limitation for completion of a master’s degree. Foreign language proficiency can be demonstrated by: 1) completion of at least the third term, second year of a foreign language course taught in the language, with a grade of “C-” or “P” or better taken within seven years of the awarding of the master's degree, or 2) satisfactory completion of an examination administered by the University Testing Center, showing language proficiency equivalent to that attained at the end of two years of college study. There is no language requirement for the M.S. degree.
Conditional Master’s Students
Students are evaluated at the end of their second term of coursework. If they have maintained a 3.0 GPA or better for their first two terms of full time graduate coursework, they will be upgraded to full major status. A change of graduate major/classification form must be filed with the Graduate School at least one term prior to graduation.
Project or Thesis Options (see also Project and Thesis information)
Master’s students may complete either a project or a thesis. A thesis is a research effort; a project is a piece of professional work.
A project is an option if you plan to be a working journalist or media professional. Remember, a project is much more than a class assignment and requires as much research as a thesis. Final projects have included magazine or newspaper article series, video productions, practical guides for working journalists or media professionals and applied research projects.
You should choose a thesis if you plan to pursue doctoral study. This is a viable option if you plan to work as a media consultant or manager.
A written proposal is required for both a thesis and a project, and you must be approved in writing by your committee before beginning work/research. Proposal Approval forms are available on-line (also see appendix). Sample proposals are on file in 101 Allen.
Reclassification from Master's to Doctoral Program
On rare occasions, a master's student admitted to the SOJC Media Studies master's program may request a change of classification to the doctoral program in Media Studies. Such a request should be made no sooner than spring term of the first year in the program and must have strong support of the student's adviser and other SOJC faculty. See appendix for details on reclassification request requirements.
Communication & Society M.A./M.S. Checklist
At least 46 graduate (500 or 600 level) credits (at least 24 graded) with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher.
--J611 Mass Communication & Society (4)
--J640 Proseminar I (5)
Two methodology courses
--J641 Qualitative Research Methods (4) or J642 Quantitative Research Methods (4)
--One additional methods course, either inside or outside SOJC
Three additional 600-level, or approved 500 level, SOJC Courses (J601-609 do not fulfill this requirement)
At least eight but no more than fifteen graduate level credits outside the SOJC
--J503 Thesis (minimum total 9) OR J609 Terminal Project (minimum total 6)
Elective graduate level credits (if needed to reach the required 46 graduate credits for degree)
Thesis or Terminal Project Checklist – Should be completed in order
Communication and Society Master’s Flow Chart
The bulk of students’ coursework is ideally completed during their first year of graduate study and finished during the second year. Students are required to complete some courses during their first year, and some courses are only offered during certain terms.
This step is ideally completed during fall quarter of students’ second year of graduate study. Proposals for a thesis or project must be in writing and
approved by adviser and committee.
Students usually take 2-3 terms to complete this step, ideally during their second year of graduate study. Students should register for J503 or J609 while working on their thesis or project.
Students complete this step during the term they graduate. They must be registered for three graduate credits during this term, one of which should be J503 or J609.