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MCM Core Curriculum

MCM Program Core Courses

These five courses fulfill the MCM Program Core requirements. All MCM students will take these courses regardless of their specialization. (12 Credits)

· 508: ePortfolio*

· 5XX: Communication Ethics or Digital Media Ethics*

· 513: MCM Graduate Experience (0 Credit Course)

· 5XX: Communication Research or Media Research*

· 519: Capstone *

*Those specializing in Digital Media would take Digital Media Ethics and Media Research. All others would take Communication Ethics and Communication Research. The Program also differentiates the Capstone course to allow students to work on papers or projects related to their specialization. Those students specializing in Communications and Media Research are not required to enroll in ePortfolio (508).

Course sequencing: Students must enroll in 513 in their first MCM semester. Students should enroll in 508 in their first MCM year. Students should enroll in the Research class in the second semester of the first MCM year. Students should enroll in the Capstone (519) in the last semester in the program before their expected graduation date.

MCM Specialization Core Courses

The MCM program offers students the opportunity to focus their studies in areas of professional or research interests. There are seven areas of specialization. Each specialization has two or three core courses and recommended electives.


1.  Capstone paper requires students to integrate what they have learned in the MCM program through the completion of a clearly focused case study, literature review, or empirical project. The projects can be of an applied or scholarly nature. Projects are supervised by the course instructor as well as through faculty mentors.

2.  E-Portfolio is a 3-credit online course in which students develop a professional electronic portfolio that showcases:

  • A resume
  • Academic work
  • Professional development courses
  • Certifications and/or military service
  • Social media and other digital assets
  • Relevant audio/video material
  • Professional, community and school activities
  • Writing samples 

The class will leverage theory, research, best practices, and current thinking to help each individual determine the most effective approach to reach relevant stakeholder groups and to identify critical steps to reaching career goals. Assignments will help students prepare their e-portfolios, which will be of use in career searches. Feedback from the instructor and peers will provide an “outside” perspective of e-portfolios.


MCM students have the option to take up to six credits of experiential learning. In these supervised experiences, students will engage with practitioners to learn skills and perspectives. Grades are assigned based on a self-evaluation by the student and a supervisor-evaluation done by the practitioner or faculty member. Students may complete this requirement through online opportunities or in their local area. This requirement may be satisfied through:

  • Internship: (150 hours for 3 credits) in businesses, nonprofits, government agencies, and/or Rutgers units/departments. Students cannot intern at their place of employment.
  • Practicum: work with faculty in executing cutting-edge research projects.
  • Teaching Interns: work as assistants to a professor in a course related to their study.
  • Fellowship: Students can apply and be selected as Fellows in the Johnson & Johnson Fellowship program. Six of the credits earned in this program may be applied to degree requirements. Fellows have tuition paid and receive a stipend. 
  • Projects: Unique projects related to a student’s profession or for a selected organization.

Elective Courses (21 Credits)

In addition to the electives made available through MCM specializations, students can apply up to six credits of coursework from outside SC&I. Students may wish to supplement the MCM program with courses in business, social sciences or other professional schools.