Communication and Media: Media Studies & Practice

Master of Science

Reach for the multimedia stars

Earn your master’s in communications with a specialization in media studies and practice from Lynn University and become a leader in the communication and media field.

As a student of the media studies and practice specialization, you’ll gain an advanced understanding of the field by applying communication theories to various media practices. Plus, you’ll hone the skills you developed as an undergraduate to fully comprehend what it takes to be an effective media practitioner and critic. 

You’ll learn this from industry experts who have many years in media studies and practice. And with our convenient online learning program, you can take classes online, while still fulfilling your work and family obligations.

What you’ll learn in the media studies and practice program

  • Advanced video editing, shooting and design 
  • Media history, law, culture and technology
  • Advanced communication theories and industry trends 

Curriculum & requirements

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Career opportunities

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Estimated tuition per credit

Barbara Calixte

“I want to travel the world, building orphanages and schools for impoverished children. I don’t expect to be the richest person, but I’d be rich knowing I’m making a difference”

Barbara Calixte, media studies and practice major
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Step outside the classroom and enjoy hands-on learning opportunities and real-world experiences.

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Learning is more than sitting in a classroom 

Complete one three-week J-Term course and explore innovative ideas, topics and experiential learning. 

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Media studies and practice curriculum

In this master’s in communications program you’ll obtain a strong foundation in advanced communication and media theory, research, law and history with multiple layers of practical application in content production and delivery. Plus, you’ll learn from faculty and professors who have years of experience in the media studies field. You may take this program completely online. 

Graduates must complete a total of 37 credits in the following categories:

  • 1 orientation credit 
  • 18 foundational credits 
  • 18 specialization credits  

Course preview

COM 500 Theories in Communication and Media
Compare theories of communication and media. Examine history and development of interdisciplinary theories about media processes and effects as well as roles, functions and consequences of media communication in society.

COM 555 Media, Publics and Social Change
Study the function of communication in promoting social change. Discover the role of media in the understanding of forces promoting or resisting social change. Special attention is given to marginalized groups and their attempts to influence the public sphere.

COM 570 Visual Communication Practice
Study visual design to convey messages used in promotional materials, advertising and social media content. Explore visual design theories to create and analyze visual images to create multiproduct advertisements, magazine covers and page layouts for web pages and social media venues.

Communication and media studies program 

With the specialization in media studies, you’ll gain the skills necessary to pursue a high-level career in media and communications for many prominent companies in various fields, including: 

  • On camera reporter 
  • Advertising director 
  • Public affairs director 
  • Public opinion specialist 
  • Analyst and campaign manager 
  • Educational media specialist 
  • Corporate communication director 
  • Multimedia journalist 
  • News director 
  • Social media producer 
  • Media writer
  • Television producer
  • Speechwriter

Graduates of the master’s in communication with a specialization in media studies and practice program have gone on to work for many well-known organizations, such as: 

  • CNBC in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey 
  • WCBS Channel 2 in New York, New York 
  • NFL Films in Mount Laurel, New Jersey 
  • Florida Senate in Tallahassee, Florida 
  • Telemundo in Miami, Florida 
  • Megalomedia, Ltd., film and TV production in Austin, Texas
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