Graduation 2017 - MCM

MCM Degree Requirements

Master of Communication and Media Degree Requirements

The Master of Communication and Media (MCM) program requires the successful completion of a minimum of 36 credits. This includes completion of:

  • A five-course core (15 credits)
  • Seven elective courses (21 credits)

The MCM degree typically requires three semesters of full-time study: 12 credits per term is the maximum course load. Study is frequently pursued on a part-time basis. The degree can be accelerated by taking Winter or Summer session courses.

Up to six credits may be applied from another program outside of MCM. Students may transfer up to six credits of graduate coursework toward the degree if credits were earned within the past five years, if the coursework translates directly to the student's development and preparation in the MCM program, and only if the student achieved a grade of B in this coursework. A syllabus for each course should be forwarded to the MCM program director for consideration of transfer. To request transfer credit, please submit the Transfer Form to the MCM Director.

In all cases each degree student must earn 30 credits within the program.

There are no language or mathematics requirements for the MCM degree.

International Students

International students should visit the CIFSS (Center for International Faculty and Student Services) website.

The CIFSS website includes specifics on rules about Visa status; special forms; orientation; international advisers; special rules concerning employment, and internships.

All international MCM students are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to attend an orientation session as early in or before their first semester of study.


MCM students must complete 36 credits to earn a degree. The program is self-paced (3-12 credits per semester). There are seven specializations available. Once admitted to the MCM program, students can stay within a specialization or combine specializations to focus on multiple areas of interest.

All core and elective courses in the seven specializations are taught online and/or weeknights on campus, 6:20 to 9:00 p.m. Some electives are cross-listed with the SC&I’s Ph.D. program courses as well as our Master of Information program.