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What does it cost?

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How long will it take?

A minimum of 36 semester hours of graduate coursework is required.

Where will I take classes?

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: March 15
  • Spring: October 15
  • Summer: Does not admit

Communication, Digital Media Strategies, M.A.

Graduate Program Director
Dr. Douglas Barthlow
[email protected]

The M.A. in Communication with a concentration in Digital Media Strategies is a non-thesis-track program for professionals seeking to enhance their expertise and become advanced practitioners in communications.

This program is for people already working in fields such as public relations, television, cross-platform journalism and other digital media-focused fields who are looking to build their skills, develop a grounding in theory and advance their careers. It is also intended to jumpstart the career of junior and early-career media professionals by teaching practical skills, including optimal use of cross-platform production technology and creating, and evaluating persuasive messaging. Students will also build the capacity to link theory with practice.

Signature capstone experiences, media studies and applied media courses shape this cutting-edge program serving those who work in or aspire to work in Atlanta’s growing media market, which ranks 10th in the U.S.

Program Details
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals who can evaluate the applicant’s potential for advanced professional growth through graduate study in communication.
  • A statement of educational and/or career goals.
  • A minimum 3.0 overall undergraduate grade point average and a baccalaureate degree.
  • Portfolio/sample of work which demonstrates evidence of professional competence.
  • The GRE exam is NOT required

Signature capstone experiences, media studies and applied media courses all shape this cutting-edge program.

The program requires a minimum of 36 hours of coursework:

  • Nine hours of core courses:
    • COMM 6009 Digital Journalism (3)
    • Three hours of selected Conceptual courses
    • Three hours of selected Operational courses
  • Twelve hours of selected Applied Media Skills Courses
  • Nine hours of selected Media Studies Courses
  • Six hours of selected Capstone Digital Media Experiences courses
  • An approved research paper from a Media Studies course to show research competence

Visit the catalog for curriculum details.

Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

To be considered for a Graduate Assistantship you must submit a Graduate Assistantship Application with an updated resume.

Students will develop the advanced skills needed in public relations, digital journalism, corporate communication and other media-focused positions in fields such as journalism, health communication and entertainment news.



Atlanta is a major media market, employing about 3,150 editors, broadcasters, reporters and analysts, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Digital Media Strategies program graduates work in a variety of settings, including the public and private sectors, and media-focused positions in fields such as sports journalism, health communication and digital and broadcast news.


Mailing Address and Office Location

Department of Communication
25 Park Place
Suite 800, 8th Floor
Atlanta, GA  30303

Graduate Program Director
Dr. Douglas Barthlow
[email protected]

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Atlanta, GA 30303

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