Ohio University

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 & 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 & 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 ohio.edu/graduate/prospective-international-students 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.

Graduate Certificates

The fully-online graduate certificates from the Scripps College of Communication offer a flexible option for professional adults looking to bolster or enhance their skills in specific communication areas. Students receive personalized instruction from award-winning faculty who have extensive industry experience. These certificates are equally valuable to employers and employees, offering skill development in areas that will help to advance both organizational interests and individual careers.

  • Crisis Communication: Effective crisis communication may save lives and property, and has the power to preserve organizational longevity. Prepare to guide your organization and communicate before, within, and after a crisis using proven crisis communication techniques and social media expertise.
  • Interacting with the Media for Non-Journalists: Great media skills can spell career success while mediocre to poor skills may spell disaster. Focus on critical skills necessary to survive and thrive in our media landscape, like understanding how media works, tailoring and delivering an effective message, and responding in media interview situations.  
  • Interacting with the Media for STEM Professionals: STEM-related areas often have their own highly specialized language, which can make it difficult to convey the importance of your work and research to a lay audience. This certificate will help you use the news media and social media to convey your message and to advance your personal or professional brand.
  • Digital Media Transformation and Innovation: In our rapidly-evolving digital media environment, organizations need people who can plan, develop and analyze digital media projects across industries. This certificate will prepare you to coordinate new technologies, create content, and distribute and monetize that content.

Credentialing options

Each certificate is an individual, graduate-level credential from Ohio University’s Scripps College of Communication. Students can also choose to combine two certificates toward a master’s degree in Organizational Communication. 

Master's Programs of Study

Master of Communication Technology and Policy

Master of Communication Technology and Policy through the J. Warren McClure School of Emerging Communication Technologies. 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: Julio Arauz, Graduate Director
J. Warren McClure School of Emerging Communication Technologies
arauz@ohio.edu
740.593.4917

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: Aimee Edmondson, Director of Graduate Studies
E.W. Scripps School of Journalism
edmondso@ohio.edu
740.597.3336

Master of Fine Arts in Communication Media Arts

Master of Arts in Media Arts and Studies through the School of Media Arts & Studies and the School of Visual Communication.

The MFA in Communication Media Arts is a revolutionary degree designed in response to the rapidly evolving communication field. This degree will prepare select individuals for the leading edge of industry. Students in this three-year program will develop new creative production skills, infused with contextual knowledge, allowing them to explore applications of those skills and knowledge in the changing landscape of communication through hands-on, collaborative projects. We seek to enroll individuals with a minimum of three years of professional experience in the communication field who have at least one high-level digital production skill.

Contact: Eric Williams, MFA Director
School of Media Arts & Studies
Eric.Williams.2@ohio.edu
614.443.6626

Master of Arts in Media Arts and Studies

Master of Arts in Media Arts and Studies through the School of Media Arts & 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: Steve Howard, Director of Graduate Studies
School of Media Arts & Studies
howard@ohio.edu
740.593.1834

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: Rebecca Sell, Graduate Director
School of Visual Communication
sell@ohio.edu
740.593.4894

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 & 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, Director
Communication and Development Studies Program
woodl@ohio.edu
740.597.9009

Online Master of Arts in Organizational Communication

Masters of Arts in Organizational Communication through the School of Communication Studies. This online program is intended for working students who are seeking an advanced academic degree that focuses on the critical examination and understanding of the role of communication within the processes of organizing, decision making, and problem solving. This online degree combines a variety of distance technologies to provide students with a dynamic learning experience.

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

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

Program options:

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

Contact: Christina Beck, Graduate Director
School of Communication Studies
beck@ohio.edu
740.593.9167

Ph.D. in Mass Communication

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


Contact: Aimee Edmondson, Director of Graduate Studies
E.W. Scripps School of Journalism
edmondso@ohio.edu
740.597.3336

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Steve Howard, Director of Graduate Studies
School of Media Arts & Studies
howard@ohio.edu
740.593.1834

 


Additional Information

Ohio University 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.

Scripps College of Communication

Greg Newton
Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, Research, and Creative Activity
Schoonover Center 121
1 Ohio University
Athens, OH 45701-2979
740.597.1882
newtong@ohio.edu

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