Master of Mass Communication | LSU Manship School of Mass Communication

Master of Mass Communication


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For more information about the MMC curriculum, contact:

Yongick Jeong

Dr. Yongick Jeong
Associate Dean for Graduate
Studies & Research


Earn your master's degree at LSU

Did you earn your undergraduate degree in another discipline, but now want to work in a mass communication field? Looking for advanced professional training? Want to prepare yourself for a doctoral program? Then, our Master of Mass Communication (MMC) degree is a good fit for you. Students choose between two tracks – scholarly or professional – and can pursue the study of journalism, strategic communication (public relations & advertising) or political communication. Our program offers a core set of courses to all students, then allows each student to design a course plan within a flexible framework to meet either their professional or scholarly needs. 

Topics of Study

The Manship School emphasizes the intersection of media and public affairs, as well as the rapid digital transformation of media industries. Our classes foster transferable skills to boost your success throughout your career. Our Master of Mass Communication program is a two-year degree.

All MMC students complete core classes covering research methods, the role of media in a democratic society and other theoretical concerns. Beyond this, students develop customized plans of study focused on their own professional goals. Most students develop course plans centered on journalism, strategic communication or political communication. Students can pursue any of these specializations as part of the Dual J.D./MMC we offer in conjunction with the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center.

Learn creative storytelling and the skills you need to produce stories across technologies: digital, print and broadcast. Journalism graduate students have an array of hands-on journalism opportunities: covering Louisiana government in our Statehouse Reporting program, 21 NCAA Division 1 sports teams at LSU, our award-winning Cold Case project investigating murders from the Civil Rights era and many others.

Our journalism course offerings include: Public Affairs Reporting; Mass Media, Sports and Society; Crisis Communication; and our practical Field Experience class, where students' work is published in news organizations through the Manship School News Service.

Develop skills for advertising campaigns and public relations for a product, service or cause. We focus on problem-solving and strategic planning. Students learn audience analysis, with courses on crunching numbers and conducting focus groups or interviews. Strategic communication graduate students use our cutting-edge research facilities, especially the Media Effects Lab (MEL) and Social Media Analysis & Creation Lab (SMAC), which monitors global social media in real-time.

Strategic communication classes include: Foundations of Strategic Communication; Strategic Communication Campaigns; Advertising Problems; and Strategies for Public Relations and Social Media.

Engage directly with politics, elections and the policy issues that shape our times. Political communication graduate students learn the tools of journalism and strategic communication applied to the world of public affairs. The Manship School enjoys a rich partnership with the LSU Department of Political Science and has as faculty former political professionals who can help guide students into political careers, including public service, issue advocacy and law.

Political communication classes include: News Media and Governance; Political Communication Writing; Case Studies in Campaigns and Elections; and Race and Gender in Political Communication.

Professional & Scholarly Opportunities

Master of Mass Communication students can customize their experience, taking electives on a Professional Track, to strengthen skills to work in media industries, or our Scholar Track, to hone their research acumen for academia, a think-tank or analytics firm.

Students may choose to complete their MMC work by writing a traditional research thesis, developing a professional project applicable to media industry work or taking a comprehensive exam on their graduate coursework.

Graduate Assistantships

The Manship School awards several graduate assistantships for MMC students on a highly competitive basis. These include an $11,500 stipend per academic year and a tuition exemption (students must pay some mandatory student fees). Earlier applicants have a higher probability of success in obtaining an assistantship–because funding is both competitive and limited, most positions are offered to qualified applicants between January and April for fall. We have limited assistantship opportunities for spring admission. We consider all applicants for assistantships on a rolling basis. Graduate assistantship deadlines for fall and spring semesters are the same as our application deadlines: June 30 for fall and Nov. 15 for spring (domestic students); April 15 for fall and Oct. 1 for spring (international students).

Degree Requirements

The total number of hours required for Master of Mass Communication degree is 34 hours. A comprehensive guide to our MMC program can be found in our Master of Mass Communication Policies and Procedures Handbook

I. Foundation Courses

Students who have taken these classes during their undergraduate work satisfies this expectation. We require students without prior completion of these courses to take one media law and one introductory statistics class

  • Media Law
  • Statistics

II. Core Required Courses (13 hours)

  • MC 7000: Proseminar in Mass Communication (1) *Offered Fall Only
  • MC 7001: Research Methods in Mass Communication (3) (Satisfy Statistic foundation before taking MC7001)
  • MC 7002: Mass Communication Philosophy and Principles (3)
  • MC 7005: Public Opinion and Public Affairs (3) (Take 7001 before taking 7005)
  • MC 7021: Mass Communication Theory (3)

III. Students are required to choose a track (9 hours)

  • Professional Track: Students wishing to use degree to work in communication industry
  • Scholarly Track: Students preparing for a Ph.D.

IV. Electives (6 hours)

  • Elective courses may come from the School of Mass Communication, Political Science or from another School with approval of the associate dean for graduate studies.

V. Thesis, Professional Project or Comprehensive Exam (6 hours)

  • Thesis: complete 6 hours of MC 8000 (Thesis Research)
  • Professional Project: complete 6 hours of MC 8002 (Professional Project)
  • Comprehensive Exam: there is no course to enroll in for the comprehensive exam. Instead, students will choose 6 hours of additional electives


Applicants submit a statement of purpose, resume, writing sample, transcripts from all prior universities or colleges attended and *standardized test scores (e.g., GRE and TOEFL for international applicants) online. We need recommendation letters from three people familiar with your academic and/or professional work. 

*Note: The GRE is not required for spring 2022 admission. You may submit your scores, but they are not mandatory. 

You must have a cumulative 3.0 undergraduate GPA.

When you complete the online application:

  • Make sure you choose Mass Communication as your degree program (NOT Communication Studies).
  • The LSU institution code for the GRE* and TOEFL is 6373.
  • Encourage your recommenders to submit letters to the online system. If they insist on paper, they can mail letters to: Attn: Graduate Program, Manship School of Mass Communication, Journalism Building, Baton Rouge, LA 70803.

*Note: The GRE is not required for spring 2022 admission. You may submit your scores, but they are not mandatory.

Domestic and Non-Degree Students:

  • Fall Admission: June 30
  • Spring Admission: Nov. 15
  • No summer admission
  • We accept applications on a rolling basis. We encourage you to apply as early as possible. 

International Students: 

  • Fall Admission: April 15
  • Spring Admission: October 1
  • No summer admission
  • We accept applications on a rolling basis. We encourage you to apply as early as possible. 

 Start Your Online Application Today!

Want to learn more about our master's program?

For further information, contact:

Rachel Dorsa, Academic Counselor,  

Yongick Jeong, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research,