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Global Media

Master of Arts

Develop advanced analytical and conceptual knowledge to expand your career potential in newsrooms, nonprofits, think tanks, politics and government agencies.


Examine how various forms of media connect the global community to modern challenges like climate change, poverty, inequality, disease, political discord and record numbers of refugees. Through this program, you will develop a deep professional knowledge of the diversity of influences on media in a global environment and prepare to meet the grand challenges of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

The program consists of four required courses, accompanied by a series of electives and a capstone project or report designed to fit your unique professional goals. Every step of the way, you will study with esteemed faculty who have worked for news media and other organizations around the world. Coursework will focus on comparative media systems, practices, values and laws that influence political, cultural, social and economic institutions globally. Throughout the program, analytical skills are coupled with conceptual knowledge of real-time and emerging issues.

Upon completion, you will have the skills and knowledge necessary to step into high-level jobs in newsrooms, nonprofits, think tanks, government, politics, intergovernmental agencies and other organizations that require sophisticated writing, analytical, verbal and research skills.

Career Level: Graduate
Degree: Master of Arts
College: College of Social And Behavioral Sciences

Cost & Eligibility

Per Unit Cost: $650
*Residents of some U.S. Territories may not be eligible. Please see our Eligibility & State Authorization page for more information.

The core curriculum for this degree program includes:

  • GLO 560: Disinformation & Information Security in a Global Media Context – Explore the concept of disinformation and theories of propaganda to contextualize contemporary issues in cases around the world.
  • GLO 540: Freedom of Expression & the Right to Information – Explore freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of association and movement, and rights to public information among other rights in global, regional and country contexts.
  • GLO 570: Documentary Journalism – Begin with a selective overview of the history of documentary journalism beginning in the 1920s, then take a multicultural global perspective on documentary work by comparing and contrasting efforts from Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Latin America and the United States.
  • GLO 535: Global Media Ethics & Diversity – Investigate ethics questions related to cultural bias, political and economic pressure, diverse representation, accuracy, privacy, national security and other pressures on news media.
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Earning your Master of Arts in Global Media will build core skills, including:

  • critical thinking
  • cultural understanding
  • data analysis
  • digital risks and security
  • ethical decision making
  • global media rights
  • intercultural communication
  • leadership
  • media literacy
  • program evaluation
  • project development
  • research

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