Master of Mass Communication

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 (M.M.C.) degree is a good fit for you. Students choose between two tracks – scholarly and professional – and can pursue the study of journalism, strategic communication (public relations & advertising), and 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. This is a two-year degree and we offer about 40% of our full-time students graduate assistantships that pay $11,000 stipend per year for up to two years. This comes with a tuition exemption (although you still must pay some mandatory student fees).


How do I apply? 

M.M.C. online application

You need to submit: GRE scores, all transcripts from prior universities/colleges attended, a statement of purpose, a resume, a writing sample, three recommendation letters and a TOEFL score if you are an international applicant.


Minimum requirements:

You must have a cumulative 3.0 undergraduate GPA. We prefer to see GRE scores above 152 verbal & quantitative and above 4.0 analytical writing. For TOEFL we prefer scores above 100 on the internet-based test.

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.


We accept applications year round for either a fall or spring program start. For fall, we consider applications between January and June 30. For spring, we consider applications between July and November 15. 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.