Master of Arts in Journalism & Mass Communication—Emerging Media

The Master of Arts in Journalism & Mass Communication, Emerging Media concentration focuses on interactive digital media and encompasses design, development, digital storytelling, product ideation, project management, and emerging technologies.

Grady College’s Emerging Media master’s concentration is designed for individuals who wish to understand how to strategically manage emerging media to further personal career goals and those of their employers. The degree is designed to accommodate students from a variety of undergraduate backgrounds and professionals from a variety of industries. 

Emerging Media master’s projects focus on the creation, delivery, packaging, and publication of projects at the intersection of technology and design. Typical projects include product development, applied technical or design research publications, and client-based projects. All projects are expected to be of the highest professional quality. 


The University of Georgia is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, master’s, specialist, and doctoral degrees. Questions about the accreditation of the University of Georgia may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org).

Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication is accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC).

Technology Requirements

  • Computer with current operating system (Windows, Mac, or Linux). Additional peripherals such as webcam, headphones, and printer may be required.
  • High-speed internet access.
  • Computer with current operating system (Windows or Mac). Additional peripherals such as webcam, headphones and printer may be required.

  • High Speed Internet Access. 

  • Specific software may be required.


Tuition & Fees 

Online Tuition $629 per credit hour 33 credit hours $20,757 USD
Student Fees $597 per semester 6 semesters $3,582 USD
Total      $24,339 USD

Tuition and fees are subject to change. Current tuition and fees are available on the Bursar's Office website. If you register for less than 5 credit hours, student fees are reduced to $372 in that semester.

Online students pay the following fees: Connect UGA, Green, Special Institutional, and Technology. See UGA Tuition and Fees for the complete schedule of fees.

Other Costs

Additional costs may include:

  • Textbooks
  • Exam proctoring fees
  • Technology upgrades 
  • Specific software purchase decisions will be mentored by instructors, but typically these would include Articulate Storyline and Adobe Photoshop.

Financial Aid

Visit the Office of Student Financial Aid for information about financial assistance.

Corporate Assistance

Consult your employer about the availability of tuition reimbursement or tuition assistance programs.

Military Assistance

Active duty military, veterans, and military families should visit Veterans Educational Benefits to take full advantage of available financial assistance and educational benefits.

University System of Georgia Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

The purpose of TAP is to foster the professional growth and development of eligible employees. For more information, see Tuition Assistance (refer to the Distance Learning section). 


Admission Requirements

Admission is a collaborative process involving both Grady College and the University of Georgia’s Graduate School.

  • Hold a bachelor's degree from accredited college or university
  • Have cumulative grade point average for all previous undergraduate courses as being 3.0 or above on the 4-point scale
  • Provide three letters of recommendation from people who know you professionally or as a scholar
  • Develop a statement of purposes and goals that can reasonably be met by the degree program

Application Checklist 

  1. Application – Submit online to the Graduate School Admissions.  Application fee: $75 Domestic/$100 International (waived for US veterans).
  2. Select Campus - Online
  3. Select Intended Program - MA, Journalism and Mass Communication (College of Journ-Mass Comm) Non-Thesis [MA_JRMC_NT_O]
  4. Select Area of Emphasis - Emerging Media 
  5. Submit the Supplemental ApplicationGrady Supplemental Application . Submit via email to Anne Hurne: anne.hurne@uga.edu by March 1    
  6. Entrance Exam Scores – No GRE or MAT required. Have official entrance exam scores sent to the UGA Graduate School by the testing service. Specify UGA as a recipient of the scores, institutional code for ETS reporting: 5813 
    1. International applicants must submit TOEFL or IELTS scores.
  7. Résumé or curriculum vita – Upload to the Graduate School application.
  8. Statement of Purpose – Submit a one-page statement of purpose online to the Graduate School. The statement of intent should clarify the candidate's relevant background, interests, and goals in relation to the program.
  9. Transcripts – Submit unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended as part of the Graduate School application. Send official transcripts after you are offered admission.
  10. Letters of Recommendation –  Submit three letters of recommendation online to graduate school. Letters should be from individuals who can evaluate the applicant’s scholarly ability and potential for success in a graduate program. Preferably at least two of them are from faculty who have instructed the applicant in a previous program of study. The application will prompt your recommenders to submit their letters electronically.

Application Deadlines

  • Summer: Priority applications are due March 1. Late applications will be reviewed on a space-available basis until May 1.


Program Structure

The Emerging Media Master’s concentration requires 11 courses (33 credit hours, 3 credit hours each) and can be completed in 3 semesters (Summer, Fall, Spring) or 6 semesters (Summer, Fall, Spring, Summer, Fall, Spring). Classes always begin and end in May. No deviation from these tracks is permitted.

Required Courses (10 courses, 30 credit hours)

NMIX 6110E- Web Development

NMIX 6111E-New Media Design 

JRMC 7013E-Emerging Media Strategy

JRMC 7010E-Digital Media Design & Aesthetics

JRMC 7011E-Project Management and Innovation

NMIX 6310E-Native App Development

NMIX 7110E-Advanced Web Development

JRMC 7012E-Digital Media Storytelling

JRMC 7014E-Emerging Media Workshop

JRMC 7015E-Emerging Media Capstone

Elective Course (1 course, 3 credit hours)

JRMC 8350E-Special Topics Courses

NMIX 6490- New Media Independent Study

JRMC 7220- Graduate Internship

JRMC 8050- Graduate Directed Study






Contact Information

Email us using the request for information form or call 1.844.842.3294



The New Media Institute is amazing. The Emerging Media Masters program not only provided me with an array of versatile tools, it was also a catalyst for discovering my true passions and what I want to do post-grad. Taking Emuel's production courses and SwiftUI course got me super into programming. So much that I'm actually in the process of pursuing a second master's degree in Computer Science.

Olivia Carino, 2021 Alumni, Computer Science student

The New Media Institute has the absolute best faculty, they really care about and listen to feedback from the students. I know the Emerging Media Masters will only continue to grow! Thank you for a great experience!

Patricia Irizarry, Jr. UX Designer, Publicis Sapient, 2021 Alumni