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Master's in Mass Communications

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The School of Journalism and Mass Communications embraces the innovative spirit of Silicon Valley, emphasizing cultural and intellectual diversity, the First Amendment, and the free flow of ideas.

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There isn’t one correct path in life. Pursue something that brings you joy and make your major work for you.

— Jihye Woo, M.S. Mass Communications Student (Class of 2019)

Graduate Assistantships

Students pursuing a Master's in Mass Communication are eligible for graduate assistantships within JMC. These positions are competitive and priority is given to new graduate students. They will spend the semester supporting one or two professors with a variety of projects. Each professor will have unique tasks for their student assistant. The graduate assistantship is an opportunity for the student to gain professional experience in an area of interest and supplement their academic development. For more information, contact the program coordinator Diana Stover: diana.stover@sjsu.edu.

Current Students

Your focus in your study here should be on preparation for the Master’s Project. Choose the right electives and use required courses to learn skills that meet your project and career goals. As an undergraduate, you might have sampled courses in a variety of areas. If you do that at the graduate level, you could end up taking more than the 30 required credits.

For a wealth of information on scholarships and support services available on the SJSU campus, visit the website of the College of Graduate Studies.

For detailed university steps to graduation, including important deadlines, visit Steps to Graduate Handbook [pdf].

Don’t forget to take time to get to know your fellow students. They might be the ones hiring you in a few years!

Prospective Students

Study Digital Media Communication in Silicon Valley

Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, SJSU's School of Journalism and Mass Communications offers a Master of Science degree designed to help public relations, advertising and journalism professionals expand their knowledge and develop research and multimedia skills needed for leadership positions in their respective fields. Our practical approach to teaching multimedia communication - which emphasizes cross-platform storytelling - attracts students from around the globe. Silicon Valley firms and top national and local businesses seek our graduates, recognizing our reputation for excellence in multimedia and strategic communication education. Our program, revised in 2019, prepares students to work together and with Silicon Valley mentors to create multimedia or strategic communication projects. Courses are taught mostly in the evening to accommodate students holding daytime jobs. The Graduate School of San Jose State University administers the application process for all SJSU graduate programs.