New online graduate program launched

The W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Marshall University will offer an online graduate program in New Media Studies beginning this fall.

The 30-credit-hour program is geared toward people who want to enter mass communications for the first time, as well as people in the industry who are retooling for a changing industry, according to a news release from the school.

Students will study, write, design and produce digital work that will be distributed through emerging technology, including mobile devices.

The “master’s initiative” requirement of the program is a three-semester project that produces a nontraditional thesis. Six hours of branch electives help students tailor the program to meet their individual needs and interests.

“We are excited to begin offering this new online master’s degree that will allow students the flexibility and innovative coursework to meet the demands of the 21st century mass media,” Robert Rabe, graduate coordinator for the school of Journalism and Mass Communications, said in the release. “Students will be able to tailor an individualized sequence of courses and experiences that prepare them for exactly the kinds of careers they hope to pursue.”

In addition to the new program, the School of Journalism and Mass Communications offers its traditional Master of Arts in Journalism, an M.A.J. with a health care emphasis and three free-standing 15-hour certificate programs in Media Management, Integrated Strategic Communications and Digital Communications.

For more information, call Rabe at 304-696-2360, or visit the school’s website,