Master of Arts in the Field of Media and Strategic Communication

Specific admission requirements are shown on the Graduate Program Finder.

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate Programs.

36 credits, including,18 credits in required courses, 12 credits in elective courses, and 6 credits in capstone courses.

Required 1
SMPA 6202Media Effects, Public Opinion, and Persuasion
SMPA 6204Strategic Political Communication
SMPA 6208Politics and Public Relations Fundamentals
SMPA 6241Research Design
SMPA 6242Analytics and Data Analysis for Strategic Communication
SMPA 6201Strategic Communications Skills (taken twice for a total of three credits) 2
Electives 3
12 credits of elective courses selected with the approval of the advisor.
Capstone 4
6 credits in one of three options selected with the approval of the advisor.
Research thesis
SMPA 6998
SMPA 6999
Thesis Research
and Thesis Research
Media project
SMPA 6297
SMPA 6298
Capstone Project
and Capstone Project
Strategic communication project
SMPA 6220
SMPA 6298
Strategic Practicum
and Capstone Project

1On the basis of academic or professional preparation, students may petition to waive any required course with substitution of another approved course.

2Taken on different topics.

3 Students may take an additional 3 credits of SMPA 6201 Strategic Communications Skills as electives. Students who select the strategic communication capstone option may not count SMPA 6220 Strategic Practicum​ as an elective. 

With permission of the advisor, a limited number of upper-division undergraduate courses may be taken for graduate credit; additional course work is required. 

4Students should consult with their advisor regarding the capstone in the second semester of the program.