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The mid-career Master of Mass Communication track is a 30-credit-hour program designed specifically for journalists and communications professionals with substantial professional experience who are seeking to develop new and useful skills and knowledge that will help them accomplish specific career goals.
Each student’s course of study is highly individualized and interdisciplinary, with course work tailored to the student’s goals. For example, a veteran journalist interested in First Amendment applications in the newsroom may undertake a curriculum that combines traditional courses in journalism ethics and law with courses in the law school. A student interested in digital media entrepreneurship may combine new media courses in the Cronkite School with graduate classes in the W. P. Carey School of Business. A general assignment reporter who wants to specialize in health and science reporting may take journalism reporting and writing courses as well as courses in the natural sciences.
Each student accepted into the program will be paired with a member of the Cronkite faculty who will help develop an appropriate program of study and provide one-on-one guidance and mentorship.
Students interested in the mid-career track should be able to demonstrate leadership and expertise in their fields and should have specific goals in mind for what they want to study. Students must meet the admissions requirements of the Graduate College. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis beginning Sept. 1. Applications completed before Dec. 1 will be given priority. July 1 is the final deadline for applications.