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Most students choose our innovative online program for its professional orientation and convenient schedule. The program is entirely online and provides mid-career professionals with an opportunity to earn an advanced degree. It is a 32-credit, option B (professional project required) program. Fifty percent or more of the courses must be skills-based.

Student Learning Outcomes

* Understand and apply the principles and laws of freedom of speech and press for the country in which the institution that invites ACEJMC is located, as well as receive instruction in and understand the range of systems of freedom of expression around the world, including the right to dissent, to monitor and criticize power, and to assemble and petition for redress of grievances;
* Demonstrate an understanding of the history and role of professionals and institutions in shaping communications;
* Demonstrate an understanding of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and, as appropriate, other forms of diversity in domestic society in relation to mass communications;
* Demonstrate an understanding of the diversity of peoples and cultures and of the significance and impact of mass communications in a global society;
* Understand concepts and apply theories in the use and presentation of images and information;
* Demonstrate an understanding of professional ethical principles and work ethically in pursuit of truth, accuracy, fairness and diversity;
* Think critically, creatively and independently;
* Conduct research and evaluate information by methods appropriate to the communications professions in which they work;
* Write correctly and clearly, in forms and styles appropriate for the communications professions, audiences and purposes they serve;
* Critically evaluate their own work and that of others for accuracy and fairness, clarity, appropriate style and grammatical correctness;
* Apply basic numerical and statistical concepts;
* Apply tools and technologies appropriate for the communications professions in which they work.

Core Requirements:

* Introduction to Master of Mass Communication
* Cross-Platform Storytelling
* Media Law Case Studies
* Cross-Platform Campaigns
* Conducting Professional Research
* Master's Research Problems/Projects (Option B)

The application file must be complete with the application form, application fee, all post-secondary transcripts, degree certificate, letters of recommendation, and other materials as required by Graduate School before processing of the application will begin. Bachelors degree from an accredited institution (except in approved/accelerated programs). English Language Requirements TOEFL paper-based test score : 550 TOEFL iBT® test: 79

SDSU offers a variety of academic scholarships. Awards are based on academic achievement, activities participation and leadership.


South Dakota State University has been granted the full, ten-year reaccreditation by the Higher Learning Commission. An accreditation team of representatives from peer institutions commended SDSU for:

* Dedicated faculty and staff
* Quality new facilities
* Excellent student leadership
* Shared governance
* Partnerships with local community
* Robust and Integrated assessment program
* Successful transition to NCAA Division I Athletics

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