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, social strategy, data analytics, brand identity, user research, 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. 


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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). 


Emerging Media Master's Admission Requirements

Admission is a collaborative process involving both Grady College and the University of Georgia’s Graduate School. To apply, please complete the following requirements by March 1:

1. Complete the Graduate School Application 
The following materials are required as part of the application: 

  • Official Undergraduate Transcripts
    • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Official GRE Test Score 
    • Minimum Score: 153 Verbal, 144 Quantitative, within 5 years
    • UGA Score Code: 5813
    • Deadline to take GRE is 2/14 in order for results to be received by 3/1.
  • TOEFL or IELTS Requirement (Non-native English Speakers) 
    • IELTS Minimum Overall Score: 6.5, Minimum Subscore: 6.0
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Resume or CV

IMPORTANT Graduate School Application Instructions:

  • Under Program Choice, select: 
    • Select Online Degree Program first.
    • Journalism & Mass Communication    Degree Type - MA, Non-thesis.
  • Then, select SUMMER in the Select Term dropdown menu. Save your selection, and proceed to the next page. 
  • Under Admission Information, select Emerging Media Online as the “specialization option” AND “area of emphasis.”
  • Complete the rest of the application and submit. 

2. Complete the Grady College Supplemental Application

  • Select Emerging Media Online as concentration.
  • Submit via email to Anne Hurne: anne.hurne@uga.edu by March 1.

Application Deadlines

  • Summer: March 1

Admission status will be communicated by March 15th and accepted students must commit by April 1st.



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- New Media Production 

NMIX 6111E-New Media Design 

JRMC 8010E-Media Research

JRMC 7010E-Digital Media Design & Aesthetics

JRMC 7011E-Project Management and Innovation

NMIX 6310E-Rich Media Production

NMIX 7110E-Advanced New Media Production

JRMC 7012E-Digital Media Storytelling

JRMC 8016E-Media Interaction Design and Usability

JRMC 7015E-Emerging Media Capstone

Elective Course (1 course, 3 credit hours)

ADPR 7750E- Social Media Analytics, Listening, & Engagement

ADPR 7760E- Digital and Social Communication Strategies

NMIX 6490- New Media Independent Study

JRMC 7220- Graduate Internship

JRMC 8050- Graduate Directed Study






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