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Mass Communication and Media Studies ,BA

Mass Communication and Media Studies, BA

Academic Programs / Undergraduate Degrees / Mass Communication and Media Studies

Digital Media, Fast Track, Global, International, Mass Communication, Mass Media, Media Analysis, Media Studies, Online media, online

This online program allows you to explore media from all dimensions at one of the nation's premier journalism schools. You will graduate prepared for a range of exciting media careers and for graduate studies.

Program Description

The online degree program for the BA in mass communication and media studies gives students a deep and nuanced understanding of the growing importance, power and influence of media around the world. The program explores global mass communication issues from all dimensions: societal, cultural, historical, political, economic, technological and legal.

At a Glance
  • Additional Program Fee: Yes
  • Second Language Requirement: No
  • First Required Math Course: Any math course that meets the MA designation.
  • Math Intensity: Generalprogram math intensity general

Required Courses (Major Map)
Accelerated Program Options
This program allows students to choose a 3-year path while participating in the same high-quality educational experience of a 4-year option. Students can opt to fast-track their studies after acceptance into a participating program by connecting with their academic advisor. Fast track options appear at the top of the major map.

Admission Requirements
General University Admission Requirements:

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.
Freshman | Transfer | International | Readmission

Change of Major Requirements

A current ASU student has no additional requirements for changing majors.

Students should refer to https://changemajor.apps.asu.edu for information about how to change a major to this program.

Attend Online

ASU offers this program in an online format with multiple enrollment sessions throughout the year. Applicants may view the program description and request more information here.

Transfer Options

ASU is committed to helping students thrive by offering tools that allow personalization of the transfer path to ASU. Students may use MyPath2ASU™ to outline a list of recommended courses to take prior to transfer.

ASU has transfer partnerships in Arizona and across the country to create a simplified transfer experience for students. These pathway programs include exclusive benefits, tools and resources, and help students save time and money in their college journey. Students may learn more about these programs by visiting the admission site: https://admission.asu.edu/transfer/MyPath2ASU.

Global Opportunities
Global Experience

As the world grows more connected, an understanding of other cultures and places is imperative. Study abroad helps students to understand how different cultures and the media actors that originate from those cultures interact and influence. Real-world experience in programs that observe and analyze international media, news culture and journalism prepare students for 21st century careers where they will need to articulate and utilize knowledge of multicultural communication styles. https://goglobal.asu.edu/

Career Opportunities

A sophisticated understanding of mass communication is a critical asset for careers in business, government, community and the nonprofit sectors. Graduates have varied career opportunities, such as with:

  • education institutions
  • government entities
  • political parties
  • professional organizations
  • publishing companies
  • writing firms

Graduates also are prepared to pursue graduate studies in fields such as law, medicine, the arts, education and journalism.

Career examples include but are not limited to those shown in the following list. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions.


Career *Growth *Median Salary
  
$67,120
  
$67,120
17.7%
$65,810
3.1%
$32,500
8.1%
$49,730
* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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Contact Information

What are Accelerated Programs?
Accelerated Programs allow students the opportunity to expedite the completion of their degree.

3 year programs

These programs allow students to fast-track their studies after admission and earn a bachelor’s degree in three years or fewer while participating in the same high-quality educational experience of a 4-year option. Students should talk to their academic advisor to get started.

4+1 year programs

These programs allow students to accelerate their studies by combining undergraduate with graduate coursework, which may allow them to earn a bachelor’s and a master's degree in as few as five years (for some programs).

Each program has requirements students must meet to be eligible for consideration. Acceptance to the graduate program requires a separate application. During their junior year, eligible students are advised by their academic departments to apply.
What are Concurrent Programs?
Students pursuing concurrent degrees earn two distinct degrees and receive two diplomas. ASU offers students two ways to earn concurrent degrees: by choosing a predetermined combination or creating their own combination. Predetermined combinations have a single admissions application and one easy to follow major map. To add a concurrent degree to your existing degree, work with your academic advisor. Either way, concurrent degrees allow students to pursue their own personal or professional interests.
What are Joint Programs?
Joint programs, or jointly conferred degrees, are offered by more than one college and provide opportunities for students to take advantage of the academic strengths of two academic units. Upon graduation, students are awarded one degree and one diploma conferred by two colleges.

What constitutes a New Program?
ASU adds new programs to Degree Search frequently. Come back often and look for the “New Programs” option.
What are Online Programs?
ASU Online offers programs in an entirely online format with multiple enrollment sessions throughout the year. See https://asuonline.asu.edu/ for more information.
What is the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE)?
The Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) is a program in which residents of western states (other than Arizona) may be eligible for reduced nonresident tuition. See more information and eligibility requirements on the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) program.

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