Your future as a communication expert starts here.
Every industry has one thing in common. They all need experts in communication to help them deliver their message. The A.Q. Miller School’s Master’s in Mass Communications provides the flexibility to tailor coursework to fit students’ individual career goals. Topics include strategic communications, health and science communication, community media or digital news.
Working with nationally recognized faculty from across the university, students will tap into the latest ideas, methods, and topics. Faculty in the A.Q. Miller School regularly conduct communication research and engage in community development projects across Kansas and around the world. Graduates have gone on to careers at major media outlets, as well as leadership positions at national public relations and advertising agencies.
On Campus or Online
Students complete 30 hours of coursework either on the K-State campus or online through Global Campus.
One-On-One Individualized Program
Work one-on-one with a professor to craft an individual master’s program.
Curriculum uses a diverse mix of theoretical, empirical and professional approaches to prepare students for the evolving mass-media field.
Expert, Innovative Faculty
Work with nationally recognized faculty from across the university to tap into the latest ideas, methods and topics.
CUSTOM FIT AND EXPERT FACULTY
“After researching multiple programs, I felt that K- State was the best place to continue my academic career in communications. I was impressed with the graduate faculty and knew that when a person learns from the best, they can become the best.” — Sophia Hernandez, online master’s student, digital media specialist in the Communications Department at the City of Garden City
How long does it take to complete the graduate program?
The majority of graduate students take three courses per semester, at which rate it typically takes two years to complete the 30 required hours.
How many hours of coursework are required each semester?
Most full-time students take six to nine hours (two to three courses) per semester. The Graduate School requires full-time students to take at least 6 hours per semester. GTAs are required to take a minimum of 6 credit hours and may take up to 15 hours per semester, with approval from their advisor.
Can I get a master's degree in a specialized area like Public Relations or Broadcast Journalism?
We do not have specialized degree programs at the graduate level. Graduate students can include any 600-level or above courses in MC for graduate credit. Many of the 600-level courses are in specialized areas like Advertising or Public Relations. Interested students can also contact the sequence heads or their major advisors to talk about special projects they can undertake.
After I start the program, can I take classes in other departments?
Yes, as long as they are at the 500-level or above. No more than two classes at the 500-level can count towards your degree. Many graduate students take classes in areas like History, Marketing, Psychology, Sociology and Statistics.
What kind of job/career can I expect with a graduate degree?
Our graduates have jobs in journalism and media industries, from newspaper and magazine reporters to public relations practitioners. Many of our graduates go on to do their Ph.D. in specialized fields to begin a career in teaching and research.
Whom do I talk to about my visa status?
You should contact the KSU International Student Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or 785-532-6448. They can provide valuable information and services for international students.
Are all students required to do a thesis or is there a professional track?
Students may choose one of the following program options (subject to the approval of your committee): (a) Thesis: a minimum of 24 hours of graduate credit in addition to 6 hours of master's thesis research credit (b) Report: a minimum of 28 hours of graduate credit in addition to 2 hours of master's report credit (c) Non-thesis / non-report: a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate credit in coursework only, must demonstrate evidence of scholarly effort, such as term papers or production of creative work
What academic rules should I be aware of?
Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA or will be put on probation. If a student has less than a 3.0 for two continuous semesters they can be dismissed from the University.
Why must I submit an Affidavit of Financial Support (AFS)?
This form demonstrates that international students have sufficient funds to study at Kansas State University. U.S. immigration regulations require the University to verify that every international student has the financial resources to pay for all education, living and other expenses.
What is a program of study?
Every master's student must file a Program of Study (POS) with the Graduate School, usually before the end of the second semester of study. This is a formal list of courses the student intends to complete to fulfill the requirements of the degree and should consist solely of courses directly related to the master's degree. No more than three hours of independent study courses (MC 680 Readings or MC 690 Problems) may be counted toward the 30 hours required. No more than ten hours of graduate credit may be transferred to K-State from another accredited graduate program. At least 18 of the 30 hours completed must be at the 700-level or higher.
Are graduate courses offered in the evening?
Since some of our graduate students work full-time, the required core courses are offered during the evenings. Many of the elective courses are offered in the evenings or late afternoons.
How do I form a committee?
Students completing a project or thesis need a committee. The committee must include at least three graduate faculty members. The chair and one other committee member must be MC.
What if I took IELTS instead of the TOEFL?
For IELTS scores less than 7, an English proficiency test will be given at time of enrollment if admitted to the program. Students who do not pass this test will be referred to the English Language Program for English coursework.
The A.Q. Miller School has a limited number of paid graduate teaching assistantships (GTAs), working 20 hours per week during the Spring and Fall semesters. Stipends are $12,000 for the year, paid out biweekly during the Spring and Fall semesters.
For students holding .5 appointments, tuition is waived and the department pays 75% of the health insurance premiums for the Spring and Fall semesters. Health insurance is provided by UnitedHealth Care. Students are responsible for their own tuition during the summer semester if they wish to take classes, as well as the full amount of health insurance. Students will need to go to Edwards 103 every semester to renew their policy.
GTAs perform various tasks from teaching undergraduate labs in skills classes to assisting professors with grading. Preference is given to applicants with academic and/or professional media experience. All GTAs must be enrolled in at least 6 hours during the Spring and Fall semesters.
To apply, specify your interest in an assistantship in your application's statement of purpose. Highlight your professional skills and experience (writing, editing, web, design, broadcast, PR, advertising, etc.) and submit work samples along with your application for admission. To be considered for an assistantship, applications must be received by February 1. For more information, contact Dr. Heather Woods, Director of Graduate Programs and Research, to learn more.
In addition to assistantships, numerous scholarships are offered at both the university and department level, as well as by Global Campus for online students.
International Students: Applications must be submitted by January 8.
Domestic Students: Review of applications begins January 8 (priority deadline) and continues through March 15.
U.S. citizens and permanent residents applying to degree programs are required to pay a $65 application fee. International applicants to degree programs are required to pay a $75 application fee.
Request each college or university where you received your bachelor's degree or completed any advanced course work or degree to send an OFFICIAL transcript directly to the program in which you wish to enroll. These become part of your records at Kansas State University and cannot be returned. Students whose transcripts are not in English must furnish a translation by an appropriate authority. Failure to list any colleges or universities attended may result in dismissal from the University.
Statement of Objectives
If you intend to work toward an advanced degree, write on a separate sheet a discussion of your academic objectives giving specific reasons for the selection of your field of study, contemplated research areas, and professional plans.
To demonstrate competence in the English language, an official report of scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System - academic exam (IELTS) or Pearson Test of English (PTE) must be sent to Kansas State University for all applicants whose primary language is not English.