Master of Arts (MA) Journalism & Mass Communication

MA Journalism & Mass Communication gives training to the students in both technical skills and critical analysis of the media spectrum. It is a postgraduate course of 2 years duration. The course includes the study of mass media such as newspapers, magazines, cinema films, radio, television etc in order to convey information to the audience.

The course is comprised of the concept of news, the role of journalism in society, history of journalism, skills in identifying news and also covers political and social issues of particular society.

In India, Average course fees range between INR 54, 000 to 3 Lacs. For admission in the course, students must have completed Bachelor’s degree in any stream from any recognized university with minimum 50% marks. Admission in some of the colleges is done on the basis of marks secured in an entrance examination, conducted by the college, followed by Group Discussion and Personal Interview.

Such postgraduates are hired in job positions such as Art Director, Correspondent, Fashion Photographer, Cartoonist, Feature Writer, Production Worker, Columnist, Film Director, Proof Reader, Journalist, News Analyst, Floor Manager, Presenter, Freelance Writer, Public Relations Officer, Radio Jockey, Screenwriter, Reporter, Sound Technician, Transmission Executive, and Special Correspondent. Successful postgraduates can earn anything between INR 2.45 to 9 Lacs. 

MA Journalism & Mass Communication: Course Highlights

The following table shows the major highlights of the course.

Course LevelPost Graduation
Duration2 years
Examination TypeSemester system/ Year wise
EligibilityCompleted Bachelor’s degree in any stream from any recognized university with minimum 50% marks in it.
Admission ProcessMerit Based/ Entrance Test
Course FeesINR 50, 000 to 3 Lacs
Average Starting SalaryINR 2.45 to 9 Lacs
Top Recruiting CompaniesIndian Express, LT Finance, Max New York Life, Tata Steel, Times of India Group, India Today Group, HT Media, Anand Bazar Patrika, Zee Entertainment Enterprise
Top Recruiting AreasAdvertising Agencies, Books and Novels, All India Radio, Photography Companies, Broadcasting Corporations, Central Information Service, Journals, Periodicals and Magazines, Legal Affairs Departments, News Agencies, Circulation and Public Relations, Newspapers, Press Information Bureau, Radio Telecasting Companies, TV Channels, Websites
Job PositionsArt Director, Correspondent, Fashion Photographer, Cartoonist, Feature Writer, Production Worker, Columnist, Film Director, Proof Reader, Journalist, News Analyst, Floor Manager, Presenter, Freelance Writer, Public Relations Officer, Radio Jockey, Screenwriter, Reporter, Sound Technician, Transmission Executive, Special Correspondent

MA Journalism & Mass Communication: What is it About?

MA Journalism & Mass Communication is a study of different means of communication by which individuals can convey the information to the large segment of the population through mass media. The course generally provides teaching and training regarding reporting, writing, editing, photographing etc.

Students can opt. for specializations in various fields of journalism such as Sports Journalism, Science Journalism, Environment Journalism, Fashion Journalism, Film Making, Advertising, Corporate communications etc.

Successful Graduates may work in the job areas such as Advertising Agencies, Books, and Novels, All India Radio, Photography Companies, Broadcasting Corporations, Press Information Bureau, Radio Telecasting Companies, TV Channels, Websites etc.

Eligibility for MA Journalism & Mass Communication

  • Applicants must possess Graduation degree in any stream from a recognized university with minimum 50% marks in it.
  • Some of the reputed institutes and universities also conduct an entrance examination to get admission in MA (Journalism & Mass Communication)
  • Student’s proficiency in English communication is also a plus point for getting admission in the course.

MA Journalism & Mass Communication: Admission Process

Admission in the course is strictly done on the basis of marks secured by the candidate in an entrance test conducted by the particular college. On the basis of candidates score obtained in written test, shortlisted candidates will be called for Group Discussion and Personal Interview.

Student’s final selection depends on their scores in written test, Group Discussion, Personal Interview and Marks in Graduation. Admission process varies according to the different colleges.

MA Journalism & Mass Communication: Syllabus and Course Description

Semester wise course syllabus is tabulated below:

Semester ISemester II
Basic Principles of CommunicationCommunication Development
History and Development of Mass MediaMedia Management
Media Laws and EthicsMedia and Society
Computer Applications for MediaAdvertising and Public Relation
Reporting and EditingElectronic Media (Radio and TV)
Professional WritingAdvertising (Practical)
Communication TheoryPhotography
Print Journalism PracticePR & Corporate Communication
Semester IIISemester IV
International Communication Rural CommunicationNew Media
Reporting and Editing for Electronic MediaMedia and Human Rights
InternshipEnvironment Communication
Intercultural CommunicationStudy Tour & Reporting
Radio and TV ProductionCommunication Research
Media ManagementMedia Laws and Ethics