Studies in journalism overlap with studies in the field of communications. Journalism traditionally focuses on the written product (blogs, magazines, newspapers, and websites) while communications covers a broad range of public contact from writing to broadcasting to marketing. Students pursuing a graduate program in journalism and communications may earn a Master of Arts (MA), Master of Science (MS), or Doctoral degree (PhD) in Journalism, Communication, or a combination thereof. Degree titles vary by institution and academic program. Graduate students choose among a variety of degree concentrations in the field of journalism such as Public Relations, Publishing, Editing, Global Communications, Communications and Technology, Writing, Communication Technology, and Policy. A sample of courses available at the graduate level include World of Mass Communications, Introduction to Video Production and Editing, Writing for the Electronic Media, and News Writing.
With a degree in journalism and communications, professional opportunities exist as a News Reporter, Writer, Editor, Broadcaster, and Columnist or in the fields of advertising, marketing, and public relations.
If you are considering continuing your education in this field, you should become familiar with academic trends and current developments. Read current literature and consider the focus of each institution's professors to match your academic and career goals with the right institutions for you. In addition to researching regionally accredited colleges and universities with journalism and mass communications programs, prospective students, particularly at the graduate level, should identify academic programs with professional accreditation. The professional accrediting association for the field of journalism and mass communications is the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications.