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School of Communications and Theater

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Broadcasting, Telecommunications and Mass Media
--Areas of Concentration
--Graduate Faculty
--Admission Requirements
--Course Descriptions

Mass Media and Communication
--General Statement
--Graduate Faculty
--Admission Requirements
--Course Descriptions

Journalism,Public Relations and Advertising
--General Statement
--Graduate Faculty
--Admission Requirements
--Course Descriptions

Film and Media Arts
--General Statement
--Graduate Faculty
--Admission Requirements
--Course Descriptions

Theater
--Areas of Concentration
--Graduate Faculty
--Admission Requirements
--Course Descriptions



 

 

Concetta M. Stewart, Ph.D., Dean
215-204-8422

 
Admission Requirements

See specific admission requirements for each program listed below. In addition to application forms, applicants whose native language is not English must also submit evidence of satisfactory proficiency in English.

Course Requirements

Course requirements differ among the various degree programs. For information concerning a specific program of study, consult the relevant section below.

Graduate Assistantships and Other Aid

Several assistantships and fellowships are available each year for students in the M.A., Ph.D., M.F.A., and M.J. programs. Typically, graduate assistantships require 20 hours of service per week during the academic year, in such activities as teaching, editing, research, and studio and laboratory supervision in exchange for a stipend and tuition remission.

BROADCASTING, TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND MASS MEDIA

(formerly M.A. in Mass Media and Communication -MM&C)

For information, direct inquiries to: Chair, Broadcasting, Telecommunications and Mass Media, Annenberg Hall, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA 19122, (215) 204-8402.

Graduate Faculty

Norman Felsenthal, Professor, Ph.D., University of Iowa; Elizabeth J. Leebron, Professor, Ph.D., Northwestern University; John Lent, Professor, Ph.D., University of Iowa; Matthew Lombard, Associate Professor, Ph.D., Stanford University; Howard Myrick, Professor, Ph.D., University of Southern California; Concetta Stewart, Assistant Professor, Ph.D., Rutgers University; Sari Thomas, Professor, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania; Alan Wells, Professor, Ph.D., Washington University.

Adjunct Faculty

George Gerbner, Bell Atlantic Professor in Telecommunications, Ph.D., University of California.

Areas of Concentration

The Department of Broadcasting, Telecommunications and Mass Media (BTMM) offers the Master of Arts degree program including introductory, intermediate, and advanced courses oriented toward the following areas of study:

  • Institutions -the history, economics, law, regulation, and policy pertaining to the broadcast, cable, and emerging-technology industries in both national and international contexts.

  • Management and Organization -business practices and strategies for broadcasting, telecommunications and mass media institutions, industries and professional enterprises.

  • Social Processes -the psychology, sociology, cultural analysis and politics of the mass media, particularly in terms of their impact on everyday life.

In addition, the M.A. in BTMM also provides supplementary course work in Media and Multi-Media Production - writing, editing, and producing of work in radio, television, and other emerging technologies, particularly for commercial, corporate, instructional, and interactive programs.

The Master of Arts degree in Broadcasting, Telecommunications and Mass Media is designed to provide two options. First, the M.A. Program may serve those students hoping to join or advance in the corporate or public broadcasting, telecommunications and mass media industries. With this orientation, the studentís curriculum is likely to focus either on management or organization and/or research techniques and strategies for media industries. Second, the M.A. program may serve those students hoping to prepare for doctoral training. Students are encouraged to enter the BTMM M.A. program for their preparatory work toward Temple University doctoral work in Mass Media and Communication. Indeed, the M.A. and Ph.D. programs share the vast majority of courses.

Application Deadlines

Applications should be received by March 1 for the fall semester, and by November 1 for the spring semester.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Program is decided by the BTMM faculty and involves the following criteria: bachelorís academic preparation; previous grade point averages; performance on the general Graduate Record Examination (GRE); recommendations; honors, awards and scholarly achievements; and goal statement.

Degree Requirements

Regardless of the studentís ultimate objective, all M.A. degrees require training in communication theory and research methodology, as well as the successful completion of M.A. Comprehensive Examinations. M.A. students also must meet the requirements noted below; however, the "BTMM M.A. Manual," an official supplement to this Bulletin, details the current requirements and is available from the Graduate Office in the School of Communications and Theater.

All M.A. students must complete at least 40 semester hours of course work. Up to four of these 40 credits may be applied to an optional written thesis; however, the student may elect to take all 40 semester hours in regular course work without thesis.

All M.A. students must take:

BTMM 400: Introduction to Communication Concepts;

BTMM 411:Mass Communication Research Methods

And at least one of the following:

BTMM 520: Communication Institutions, or

BTMM 540: Communication Content and Behavior

M.A. students in Broadcasting, Telecommunications and Mass Media may petition to transfer up to six credit hours of graduate course work completed elsewhere.

The plan of study for each student is determined between the student and his or her faculty adviser. Upon their acceptance, incoming students are assigned a faculty adviser, but each student may easily petition for any adviser from the BTMM graduate faculty.

TThe time limit for completion of all requirements is three years from admission to the program. All students must be enrolled for at least one semester hour each spring and each fall semester.

Internships

After completing 24 credits in the program, M.A. students may be eligible for internships in relevant media industries. These internships are taken for academic credit and also may be salaried.

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