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Graduate Programs

The Scripps College of Communication is a leader in graduate education, offering innovative, nationally ranked programs ranging from one-year master's degrees for professionals taking the next step in their careers to doctoral programs that prepare the next generation of teachers, scholars and industry leaders. Graduate students join an active, diverse and talented academic community, representing many disciplines and professions, and many parts of the world. Creative, award-winning faculty bring a broad range of professional and academic experiences, innovative teaching practices, smart technology and grant-funded research projects to graduate education.

Master's programs are available in Information and Telecommunication Systems, Journalism, Media Arts and Studies, Organizational Communication, Visual Communication and Communication and Development Studies. Doctoral programs are offered in Communication Studies and in Mass Communication, through either the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism or the School of Media Arts and Studies. Each program offers a limited number of graduate assistantships in teaching, hands-on media work or research, and/or tuition scholarships.

For applications for graduate study and financial aid, go to the The Graduate College. International applicants may visit http://www.ohio.edu/graduate/international/ for assistance.
Applicants must submit all college transcripts, letters of recommendation, Graduate Record Exam scores and a non-refundable application fee. Letters of recommendation and personal goals statements should be sent directly to the school to which you are seeking admission. Other application materials should be sent to Graduate Student Services. See the specific admission requirements in each program for deadlines and other information that must be included with the application.

MASTER'S PROGRAMS OF STUDY

Master of Communication Technology and Policy

Master of Communication Technology and Policy through the J. Warren McClure School of Information and Telecommunication Systems. Specialization options:

  • Technology         
    • Network theory and infrastructure
    • Quality of service
    • Network assurance and security
    • Network services and IT integration
    • Broadband and wireless
  • Policy
    • Competition and market structures
    • Government regulation
    • International telecommunications
    • Telecommunications and economic development
    • Social, ethical and privacy issues

Contact: Andrew Snow, Graduate Director
J. Warren McClure School of Communication Systems Management
snowa@ohio.edu
(740) 593-0421

Master of Science in Journalism

Master of Science in Journalism through the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism

The program provides opportunities to study professional journalism or prepare for further academic work by blending professionally oriented classes with mass communication principles, theory and research. Courses are available in broadcast journalism, magazine journalism, news writing/editing, public relations and multimedia (with Media Arts and Studies and Visual Communication).

Contact: Michael Sweeney, Graduate Director
E.W. Scripps School of Journalism
sweenem3@ohio.edu
(740) 593-2589

Master of Arts in Media Arts and Studies

Master of Arts in Media Arts and Studies through the School of Media Arts and Studies

Specialization options:

  • New technology and culture
  • Media management and policy
  • Multimedia (with Visual Communication and Journalism)
  • Public broadcasting (with the university's PBS and NPR stations)

Contact: Roger Cooper, Graduate Director
School of Media Arts and Studies

cooperr@ohio.edu

Master of Arts in Photography with a specialization in Visual Communication

Master of Arts in photography with a specialization in visual communication through the School of Visual Communication

Major study tracks include:

  • Photo communication (including documentary photography)
  • Commercial photography (including illustrative photography)
  • Interactive multimedia
  • Publication design
  • Newsroom graphics management

Contact: Gary Kirksey, Graduate Director
School of Visual Communication

kirksey@ohio.edu

(740) 593-4893

Master of Arts in International Affairs

Masters of Arts in International Affairs through Communication and Development Studies, a partnership between the School of Media Arts and Studies and the Center for International Studies. The program stresses the use of communication to promote and support positive social development. The curriculum includes interdisciplinary perspectives on national development, area studies, and training in applied research methods.

Contact: Lawrence Wood, Interim Director
Communication and Development Studies
woodl@ohio.edu
(740) 597-9009

Master of Arts in Organizational Communication

www.oucomsma.com
Contact: Dr. Candice Thomas-Maddox
OrgComm Graduate Coordinator
Ohio University – Lancaster
Brasee Hall
Lancaster, OH 43130
thomas@ohio.edu

DOCTORAL PROGRAMS OF STUDY

Ph.D. in Communication Studies through the School of Communication Studies

Program options:

  • Rhetoric and public culture
  • Health communication
  • Relating and organizing

Contact: Benjamin Bates, Graduate Director
School of Communication Studies
batesb@ohio.edu
(740) 593-9163

Ph.D. in Mass Communication through the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism
or the School of Media Arts and Studies

Contact: Michael Sweeney, Graduate Director
E.W. Scripps School of Journalism
sweenem3@ohio.edu
(740) 593-2589
or
Roger Cooper, Graduate Director
School of Media Arts and Studies
cooperr@ohio.edu

For application, materials and instructions, see the Graduate College website at: http://www.ohiou.edu/graduate/, or reach the office at:

Graduate College
220 Research and Technology Center
Ohio University
Athens, OH 45701-2979
(740) 593-2800
Fax: (740) 593-4625
Email: gradapps@ohio.edu or graduate@ohio.edu.

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Michelle Ferrier
Associate Dean for Innovation, Research/Creative Activity and Graduate Studies
Scripps College of Communication
Ohio University
Schoonover Center 121
1 Ohio University
Athens, OH 45701-2979
(740) 593-9860
Fax: (740) 593-0459
ferrierm@ohio.edu

For a list of downloadable documents, please visit the Forms & Guidelines link.