The J-School offers both academic and professional experiences. The Lawrence Campus offers both professional and thesis tracks.
On the Edwards Campus in suburban Kansas City, the J-School offers the Marketing Communications program, which serves students who have strategic communications skills or a strategic communications degree but want more management skills in the area.
The Lawrence-based Mass Communications MSJ program offers academic thesis courses, emphasizing the study of real-world media issues, critical thinking skills, and media use. Our program provides advanced scholarly skills that will allow you to operate at the highest levels of academia. Participants are expected to have basic media knowledge. The Lawrence-based program prepares students to transition from the media profession into an educational career. The program also prepares students to advance toward a Ph.D. program. Students also learn the discipline’s theory and methods to explore the causes and effects of media issues. Students take advanced seminars and a concentration of their own choosing. Students then complete a thesis under the direction of a faculty advisor.