Communication and Media Studies Master’s Program Degree Requirements

Ready to become a master of media theory? You’ll need to complete at least 46 credits (including 24 graded credits at the UO) covering a mix of media concepts and theory, research methodology courses, and graduate-level electives in your areas of interest.

To see which order most students take these courses, see our sample schedule. Consult the UO Class Schedule to find out when these courses are offered and register.

J611Mass Communication and Society4
J612Media Theory I4
J613Media Theory II4
J641Qualitative Research Methods4
J642Qualitative Research Methods4
N/AAdditional Methods Course4
N/AAdditional Graduate-Level SOJC Conceptual Course(s)4
N/AGraduate-Level Courses Outside the SOJC8-16

Thesis or Terminal Project—All Students Complete 

If you plan to pursue doctoral study or work as a media consultant, you should complete a thesis. The terminal project is an option if you plan to work as a professional journalist or communicator. For more details about and guidelines for the thesis/terminal project, download the graduate handbook.

J609Terminal Project6


Need some guidance? Here are a few options:

  1. Download our graduate handbook for more details about program requirements and resources.
  2. Contact our graduate student services manager with questions about the program, the application process, and admission.

Once you’re admitted, you’ll be matched with a faculty advisor who will be your first point of contact for academic and career guidance. You’ll also choose a capstone advisor to assist with your terminal project.