Research and Theory Master's


The Master of Arts in Mass Communication – Telecommunication program in the UF College of Journalism and Communications combines courses in Mass Communication, Telecommunication, and other areas relevant to the student’s goals. There is a thesis track, appropriate for students who will later seek the Ph.D. or who wish to learn the skills and knowledge associated with thesis research or project in lieu of thesis.

The Telecommunication track is designed for students with the following interests:

  • Operation or management of telecommunication outlets (broadcast stations, cable systems, program distributors, etc.) and emerging media
  • Telecommunication regulation and policy
  • Audience research
  • Preparation for an advanced degree

This program admits students in Fall and Spring semesters.  Students selected for this specialization may come from any undergraduate discipline.

For admissions information and application materials, contact

For more information on the program, please contact Dr. Jasmine McNealy.

Sample Courses

Telecommunication Regulation

Examines the role of the several branches of government in the development, implementation and enforcement of laws and regulation of the electronic media; and of the structural and behavioral laws and regulations pertinent to the electronic media.

Audience Analysis

The study of audiences and their behavior from both theoretical and practical perspectives, using both quantitative and qualitative methods. Understand, interpret, and use industry data, audience research software, and audience theory. Understand the role technology and economics play in the audience formation process. Students learn to think strategically and theoretically in approaching, conceptualizing, and carrying out audience analysis and behavior studies.

Telecommunication Management

Management principles of the telecommunications industry, with practical and theoretical application for television, radio, film, online, and other electronic media sectors.

Telecommunication Outlets Systems and Practices

Structural and procedural elements of broadcast stations, cable systems, and other local radio-television facilities. Review of research and models in
telecommunications administration, economic planning and control, merchandising and positioning, sales and advertisin

Mass Communication Theory

This course includes a survey of some core journalism-focused mass media theories and examines contributions of other disciplines to media theory. Additionally, it includes an introduction to the fundamentals of academic research.

Research Methods in Mass Communication

This course provides an overview of common mass communication research methods. Specifically, we will discuss content analysis, experiments, surveys and focus groups. You will learn the benefits and shortcomings for each method. In addition, you will also be introduced to SPSS, a software program used to analyze data.

Mass Communication and Society

The purpose of this course is to give students in journalism, advertising, public relations, telecommunications, and other mass communications fields the opportunity to explore issues in the interaction between mass media/mass communication institutions and society. The course is aimed at helping students to develop a critical perspective on mass media as they consider different ways in which media institutions and media content affect — and are affected by — individuals and society. In particular, students are expected to engage in evaluation and discussion of the responsibilities media practitioners and media organizations have toward the larger society and how those responsibilities should be translated into individual behavior and organizational (or governmental) policies. Because the focus of the course is on contemporary issues and problems involving mass media institutions and professions, readings tend to be drawn from recent works rather than classic or seminal ones, although the classic works certainly may sometimes inform the debate.


The program regularly offers electives such as Mass Communication History, Survey of Electronic Publishing, New Media and a Democratic Society and Legal Problems of Mass Communication. Examples of other elective courses in the College include International Communication; Mass Communication Theory; Qualitative Research; Race, Class, Gender and Media; Science and Health Communication; Theories of Advertising;  History of Journalism; and Content Analysis.  Many other electives are offered.  Please check ONE.UF and work with your adviser to select appropriate options.

Degree Plan

MAMC: Telecommunication – Thesis

MAMC: Telecommunication – Project in lieu of Thesis


Tuition and fees are determined by the University of Florida for in-state and out-of-state graduate students.