Online Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication & Media Studies

The Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication and Media Studies at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, one of the nation’s premier journalism schools, explores global mass communication issues from all dimensions: societal, cultural, historical, political, economic, ethical, technological and legal.

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Quick facts

Next start date: 10/12/2020


Total classes: 41

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours: 120

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Why earn a mass communication degree?

A sophisticated understanding of mass communication and how it influences our lives is a critical asset for careers in media, business, government, community and non-profit sector. As a student in the mass communication and media studies degree program, you’ll examine a variety of media and communication subjects, such as the history of mass communication, social media and political communication. Exploratory and flexible, the program is anchored by a single required course (Media and Society). Students pursue their academic path by following their interests in media topics.

With courses taught by the Cronkite School’s top-tier faculty, including Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Steven Doig, strategic communications researcher Dr. Dawn Gilpin and new media pioneer Dan Gillmor, this program is designed to give you a deep and nuanced understanding of the growing importance, power, influence and changing nature of media in the world. Program courses include Media Issues in American Pop Culture; Race, Gender and Media; and Visual Communication.

Featured courses


MCO 120: Media and Society (SB)


Related careers

Graduates with an ASU Online Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication have career opportunities illustrated in the following list. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Communication Professor


Growth: 10.0 %
Salary: $66,510

Copy Writer


Growth: 7.6 %
Salary: $61,820

Editor


Growth: -1.4 %
Salary: $58,770

Green Marketer


Growth: 5.5 %
Salary: $106,130

Production Assistant


Growth: 9.9 %
Salary: $47,900

Prestigious faculty

The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication attracts award-winning professional journalists and world-class media scholars from across the country.

  • Digital media leader Dan Gillmor.
  • Former BET vice president Retha Hill.
  • Former Sacramento Bee executive editor Rick Rodriguez.
  • Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter and editor Jacquee Petchel.
  • Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Steve Doig.
  • Associate Professor Sharon Bramlett-Solomon, distinguished scholar in media and culture.
  • Sue Clark-Johnson Professor in Media Innovation and Leadership Mi-Ai Parrish, media executive.
  • Associate Professor Dawn Gilpin, strategic communications scholar and practitioner.

Prestigious faculty

The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication attracts award-winning professional journalists and world-class media scholars from across the country.

  • Digital media leader Dan Gillmor.
  • Former BET vice president Retha Hill.
  • Former Sacramento Bee executive editor Rick Rodriguez.
  • Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter and editor Jacquee Petchel.
  • Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Steve Doig.
  • Associate Professor Sharon Bramlett-Solomon, distinguished scholar in media and culture.
  • Sue Clark-Johnson Professor in Media Innovation and Leadership Mi-Ai Parrish, media executive.
  • Associate Professor Dawn Gilpin, strategic communications scholar and practitioner.

Admission requirements

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You are considered a freshman for application purposes if you have not attended college at all, or have fewer than 12 transferable credit hours (with a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA).

1. Review competency requirements

2. Review other admission requirements

3. Complete online application

4. File your FAFSA

5. Request ACT or SAT scores

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain admission to ASU through Earned Admission. Through this pathway, you can demonstrate your ability to succeed at ASU by completing online courses with a 2.75 GPA or higher.

To begin, submit an application to ASU. An enrollment coach will reach out with more information if the Earned Admission Pathway is right for you.

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain admission to ASU through Earned Admission. Through this pathway, you can demonstrate your ability to succeed at ASU by completing online courses with a 2.75 GPA or higher.

To begin, submit an application to ASU. An enrollment coach will reach out with more information if the Earned Admission Pathway is right for you.

Study at our award-winning journalism school

The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication is a leading journalism school in the U.S. For more than 15 years, its students have won more awards in the Society of Professional Journalists national “Mark of Excellence” competition than any other university. Student reporting projects on social justice issues have won five Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards – the most of any journalism school in the country. The Cronkite School regularly ranks in the top five journalism schools in the country for broadcasting, photojournalism and strategic communications awards.

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Cronkite has earned the best record (96 awards) in the Society of Professional Journalists' national "Mark of Excellence" competition.

1,260


online students.

46


media partnerships.

16


student organizations.

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