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Program Structure

Learning Outcomes

Successful graduates of this program will be able to:

  • Understand the breadth of media communications
  • Examine media using multiple perspectives
  • Examine media in multiple contexts: cultural, economic, political, etc.
  • Look at media as product, process, and commentary
  • Apply qualitative and quantitative research methodologies
  • Apply research strategies to analyze media

Duration of Studies and Full Time Enrollment

The maximum course load in a graduate degree program for a fully admitted student is 6 credit hours per term. Webster University Thailand offers 4 terms a year plus one optional summer term. A student must be enrolled in 18 credits per year to be considered a full time student. Students enrolled in the Master of Arts (MA) in Media Communications (36 credit hours) will typically complete the program between 18 and 24 months. A student must receive written authorization to enroll in more than 6 credit hours per term or more than 12 credit hours per semester.

Program Curriculum

The 36 credit hours required for the MA in media communications degree must include the following courses (21 credit hours):

  • MEDC 5000 Media Communications (Requisite Course) (3 hours)
  • MEDC 5310 Media and Culture (3 hours)
  • MEDC 5350 Media Organization and Regulations (3 hours)
  • MEDC 5360 International Communications (3 hours)
  • MEDC 5400 Media Production Management (3 hours)
  • MEDC 6000 Seminar in Media Communications (3 hours)
  • MEDC Elective (3 hours)
    One additional core course from MEDC electives, as determined through consultation with an academic advisor

In addition to the seven core courses, students can choose elective courses offered in the other School of Communications majors. Courses from program curricula outside the School of Communications may be considered, if appropriate and approved in advance using a program option request form. Students taking courses that are a part of their approved curriculum and that are from outside of the School of Communications should verify prerequisites with the appropriate school or college.

MEDC 5000 Media Communications is the requisite course in the media communications program. It examines communications theory and its application to mass media, as well as introduces students to the graduate program, describes program expectations, and discusses academic preparation for MEDC 6000 Seminar in Media Communications. Therefore, students must take this course even if they have academic or professional experience in media communications.

Elective courses

  • MEDC 4500 Political Communications
  • MEDC 5290 Issues in Media Communications  
  • MEDC 5300 Strategic Communications
  • MEDC 5460 Media Research  
  • MEDC 5345 Writing for Media Communications: Journalism
  • MEDC 5430 Media Communications Technology
  • ADVT 5550 Advertising