Graduate Studies

One-on-One Individualized Master's Program

Ready to work one-on-one with a professor to craft your individual master’s program? The graduate program here at the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Kansas State University provides the flexibility to meet your specific needs and goals. Within a working relationship among multiple programs across the campus, you can create a field of study that will aid your professional development or prepare you for doctoral work.

Our program allows you to build a focus in the field of strategic communications, where you can study how media professionals relay messages to their audiences in such areas as health, risk and crisis communication. Working with nationally recognized faculty from across the university, you will tap into the latest ideas, methods and topics. Faculty in the Miller School regularly conduct communication research and engage in community development projects across Kansas and around the world. Our graduates have gone on to careers at major media outlets, as well as leadership positions at national public relations and advertising agencies.

The Miller School provides a diverse learning environment. In fact, we were the recipient of the 2010 University Outstanding Unit Award for Enhancing Diversity, and our faculty members have come to K-State from points across the U.S. and around the world.

Come be a part of what is a growing, collaborative program located in the beautiful Flint Hills of Kansas. Come join us at the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

About the Program

The A. Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications offers a 30-hour Master of Science degree in Mass Communications. The program requires a core of Mass Communication Theory and Research classes with flexibility for students to devise specialized scholarly or professional degrees by taking courses from one or more of the school's three sequences (advertising, journalism and public relations) or graduate-level electives from other academic units within the university.

For students who want to gain media experience while attending graduate school, the university provides several hands-on opportunities to work for student-run media including: the Collegian newspaper, the Royal Purple yearbook, the Wildcat 91.9 FM radio station and Wildcat Watch student television broadcasts.

The assessment plan endorsed by the School's graduate faculty in 2011 established five primary student learning objectives that were believed to be important for students seeking advanced degrees in mass communications areas regardless of student and/or instructional specialization across a wide range of advanced study interest areas.

  • Demonstrate an understanding of mass communications concepts and theories.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking ability.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the relevance of human diversity in mass communications.
  • Apply basic quantitative and qualitative research concepts.
  • Evaluate research results using relevant methods.

For more information on navigating the graduate program at the Miller School, download the Graduate Program Handbook (990 KB PDF).

Also see our Student Learning Outcomes.

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