MA Media Communications

Media Communications MA Hybrid Program

Webster University Leiden's Media Communications MA program explores the relationship between changing technology and changing cultures, including research, government, media, business, and communication.

The Media Communications MA hybrid program is designed for media, communications, or technology professionals looking for career advancement and to enhance their credentials, the program is designed to be flexible and to accommodate the time constraints of working professionals.

Media Communications MA hybrid program consists of a mixture of traditional face-to-face courses taught on campus and online courses through the Webster Worldwide Online Learning Center allowing you to take advantage of course offerings from anywhere in the world, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Program Description

The Master of Arts (MA) degree in media communications is for students who have both an interest and background in communications.

All students entering this program are required to consult with a School of Communications academic advisor prior to registration. Qualifications and required prerequisite courses will be discussed at this time. Qualifications include a strong educational background in their intended area of graduate communications study or professional experience in their area of interest. Students without a strong educational background or experience in the communications field are required to enroll in 6 credit hours of prerequisite course work. The selection of prerequisites will depend on each student’s area of academic interest in communications and should be approved by a School of Communications academic adviser.

Students must earn a grade of “B” or better in the prerequisite courses before they are allowed to enroll in graduate courses. The prerequisite courses are not counted toward the 36 credit hours required for the degree, nor are they considered as part of the credit hours required for advancement to candidacy.

This degree is also available online. Online courses require excellent organizational skills, self-direction, and motivation to master the challenges of this learning environment.

For more information on the program you can visit the main campus website Webster University Media Communications MA Program.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Successful graduates of this program will be able to:

  • Understand the breadth of media communications
  • Examine media using multiple perspectives
  • Examine media in multiple contexts: cultural, economic, political, etc.
  • Look at media as product, process, and commentary
  • Apply qualitative and quantitative research methodologies
  • Apply research strategies to analyze media

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 36 credit hours consisting of the following:

  • 21 required credit hours
  • 15 elective credit hours

Required Courses

Required Courses

  • MEDC 5000 Media Communications (Requisite Course) (3 credit hours)
  • MEDC 5310 Media and Culture (3 credit hours)
  • MEDC 5350 Media Organization and Regulations (3 credit hours)
  • MEDC 5360 International Communications (3 credit hours)
  • MEDC 5400 Media Production Management (3 credit hours)
  • MEDC 6000 Seminar in Media Communications (3 credit hours)
  • MEDC Elective (3 hours) - One additional core course from MEDC electives, as determined through consultation with an academic advisor

In addition to the seven core courses, students can choose elective courses offered in the other School of Communications majors. Courses from program curricula outside the School of Communications may be considered, if appropriate and approved in advance using a program option request form. Students taking courses that are a part of their approved curriculum and that are from outside of the School of Communications should verify prerequisites with the appropriate school or college.

MEDC 5000 Media Communications is the requisite course in the media communications program. It examines communications theory and its application to mass media, as well as introduces students to the graduate program, describes program expectations, and discusses academic preparation for MEDC 6000 Seminar in Media Communications. Therefore, students must take this course even if they have academic or professional experience in media communications.

The required courses and electives listed may be taken as directed studies, subject to the conditions stated in the Directed Studies section listed under Academic Policies and Procedures and approved by the director of Graduate Studies and the dean of the School of Communications.

For a complete listing of all courses and course descriptions please visit our main campus site Webster University Course Descriptions for more details.

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Sean M. Leahy, MA
Head of Department of Media Communications & Fine Art

Message from the Department Head

We strive to provide a great balance of theoretical understanding and hands on practical experience in the rapidly evolving realm of Media Communications.