2017-2018 Graduate Catalog 
    Jun 23, 2018  
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Communication Studies and Journalism (M.S.) - Journalism Specialization

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Program Coordinator/Contact

Lyle Olson, Interim Department Head/Professor/Graduate Coordinator
Rocky Dailey, Assistant Professor/Graduate Program Advisor Online M.M.C.
Department of Journalism and Mass Communication
Yeager Hall 211, Box 2235
E-mail: lyle.olson@sdstate.edu
E-mail: rocky.dailey@sdstate.edu

Program Information

The Master of Science in Communication Studies and Journalism – Journalism Specialization consists of advanced studies in journalism and mass communication. The goal of the program is to expand and contribute to the knowledge of these academic fields. This degree provides an introduction to research and advanced study in preparation for students seeking to move on to the doctoral level.

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Journalism program

  • advance mass communication’s body of knowledge through research, analysis and application.
  • demonstrate leadership and mass communication skills for expanding their influence within their chosen professions.
  • adapt fundamental critical thinking and storytelling skills to the interconnected world with its digital, networked media environment.
  • utilize technology and have the vision to expand their knowledge base and skill set.

Accreditation, Licensure, and Certification


The Department is accredited by the national accrediting body of journalism and mass communication, the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC).

Course Delivery Format

This program is offered at SDSU’s Brookings campus and includes both face-to-face and online instruction options.

Facilities and Services

The former Printing and Rural Journalism Building was renamed Yeager Hall in recognition of the contributions of Anson and Ada May Yeager. Mr. Yeager was longtime editor of the Argus Leader in Sioux Falls. The Department moved into expanded and renovated facilities in 2000 that cost $2.4 million. The Yeager Media Center, completed in 2012, is a high-definition television and new media facility and the primary center for SDSU campus television and media production. Newly remodeled classrooms enhance teaching space in the modern educational facility. The Joe L. Floyd News Media Laboratory is connected to digital video and audio production suites. The second floor of Yeager Hall includes a conference room, a reading room, a student lounge, and individual offices for the Department’s faculty members.

Available Options for Graduate Degrees

Master of Science Option A - Thesis 30 Credit Hours
  Option B - Research/Design Paper 32 Credit Hours

Option A - Thesis

Option B - Research/Design Paper

Total Required Credits: 30 (Option A), 32 (Option B)

Additional Admission Requirements

GRE: Not required
TOEFL: Department requirement of 550 paper-based, 79-80 Internet-based
IELTS: 6.5

General Requirements (Master’s Degree)

Graduate students should consult with their advisor before registering for graduate work.

See Master’s Degree Requirements for more detail.

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