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Accelerated Master of Mass Communication

Some say, a master’s is the new bachelor’s in terms of hiring. If you’re considering going on to get a master’s degree after you complete your bachelor’s, why not start now? The accelerated Master of Mass Communication option is perfect for students who want to earn both degrees in a short amount of time. You can specialize in strategic communication management or multimedia journalism to complement and build upon your undergraduate major.

What is it?

USC’s accelerated Master of Mass Communication (M.M.C) program enables students to earn both their bachelor’s and master’s degrees in as little as five years.

With this program, students can:

  • Save money on graduate tuition.
  • Earn credit that can apply towards both undergraduate and graduate degrees.
  • Enter the workforce ahead of the competition through advanced study of cutting-edge communication and management principles.
  • Gain valuable professional experience and industry contacts through completion of the practicum.

Who should consider this program?

USC freshmen, sophomores, and juniors of any major who are thinking about pursuing a master’s degree in the field of mass communication should consider the accelerated M.M.C. The earlier that one begins to consider the program, the easier it will be to plan graduate-level classes into their course of study.

What career opportunities are available with a Master of Mass Communication?

M.M.C. graduates are prepared for a variety of positions in areas such as advertising, marketing, public relations, print and broadcast journalism, sports and entertainment media, and political consulting.

How does the accelerated M.M.C work?

Undergraduate students who have completed at least 90 credit hours are permitted to take up to 12 hours of graduate coursework (500-level or higher) and receive both undergraduate and graduate credit. By completing 12 hours of graduate credit during the senior year, students will only need to complete an additional 24 credit hours during the following year to complete the 36 hours required for the graduate degree.

Will students have to write a thesis?

A thesis is not required in the M.M.C. program. Instead, students complete a 450-hour practicum, combining field experience and academic activities, with an organization such as a mass media outlet (e.g. newspaper or television station); advertising or public relations agency; or with a corporate, government, or nonprofit entity. The practicum typically occurs after all other coursework has been completed.

Eligibility and Enrollment

Students must have completed at least 90 credit hours of undergraduate coursework, and must have a minimum 3.4 GPA (overall and for undergraduate major courses) to participate in the accelerated M.M.C. program.

Participants are also required to submit two forms to the Graduate School prior to registering for graduate courses:

Typically, these forms will be submitted in the spring prior to the final undergraduate year. Students must receive the approval of their undergraduate advisor, the SJMC graduate director, the dean of the Graduate School, and the instructor of each course to be taken. The undergraduate advisor can help with securing these signatures.

Please note that participants in the accelerated M.M.C. program will need to follow the regular application process to the Graduate School in order to continue graduate study after completion of their bachelor’s degree. Enrollment in the accelerated M.M.C. program does not guarantee admission to the Graduate School.