MCM Degree Requirements and Courses

The MCM program is self-paced and consists of 36 credits:

  • Five core courses (12 credits)
  • Eight elective courses (24 credits)

Choose from among eight specializations. You may transfer up to six credits of graduate coursework from another program if you meet the MCM graduate transfer requirements. We require all our students to earn 30 credits within the program. To request transfer credit, submit the Transfer Form to MCM Director Richard Dool.

Most students finish the program in 18–24 months although some complete it within 15 months. There are no language or mathematics requirements.

International Students

We welcome all international MCM students and strongly encourage you to attend an orientation session before or early in your first semester of study. Visit Rutgers Global–International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) for advice and specific details on:

  • U.S. immigration regulations and compliance
  • Immigration application processing
  • Orientation
  • Cross-cultural programming
  • Advocacy
  • Outreach
  • International advisers
  • Rules concerning employment and internships

MCM Program Core Courses

These five courses fulfill the MCM Program Core requirements. All MCM students are required to take these courses (12 credits) regardless of their specialization.

*If you’re specializing in Digital Media, 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:

MCM Specialization Core Courses:

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

Program Core Options

There are two options with the MCM program core courses:

  • Capstone: You integrate what you have learned in the MCM program by completing a clearly focused case study, literature review or empirical project. The projects can be of an applied or scholarly nature and are supervised by the course instructor and faculty mentors.
  • ePortfolio: This 3-credit online course leverages theory, research, best practices and current thinking to help you determine the most effective ways to reach your career goals. Instructor and peers provide feedback from an outside perspective. You’ll develop a professional electronic portfolio that showcases:
    • Academic work
    • Certifications and/or military service
    • Résumé
    • Professional, community and school activities
    • Professional development courses
    • Relevant audio/video material
    • Social media and other digital assets
    • Writing samples

Experiential Learning Option

MCM students have the option to take up to six credits of supervised experiential learning. Grades are assigned based on student self-evaluation and supervisor evaluation done by the practitioner or faculty member. You may complete this requirement in your local area or through online opportunities. Options include:

  • Internship in businesses, nonprofits, government agencies and/or Rutgers units/departments. You cannot intern at your place of employment.

(150 hours for 3 credits)

  • Practicum: Work with faculty in executing cutting-edge research projects.
  • Teaching Intern: Work as assistants to a professor in a course related to your study.
  • Fellowship: You can apply and may 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 your profession or for a selected organization.