MA Mass Communication and Journalism is a 2 -year Post Graduate course with specialization in the domain of journalism, print, and press media-related aspects.¬†A minimum eligibility criterion applied for admission to the course is a minimum of 50% (Relaxable for reserved category students) marks at UG or equivalent level in any stream. Candidate must have obtained a UG degree from a recognized central or state/private/deemed university.
Some of the popular colleges/universities that are offering the MA in Mass Communication and Journalism course are:
- Indian Institute of Journalism
- MGM College of Journalism and Mass Communication
- Institute of Engineering Studies
- St. Francis College for Women
- Maulana Azad National Urdu University
- Jamia Milia Islamia
The fee for the course varies from INR 10,000 to INR 2 Lacs across various colleges and universities across the country. The variation in the fee is based on the location and type of university that is private/deemed or government.
Admissions to the course are based on both entrance test based admission mechanism as well as a merit-based selection that is based on the marks obtained by the candidate in Under Graduate (UG) level. The procedure varies from college to college.
MA Mass Communication and Journalism can have a variety of options to choose from in terms of his/her career. He/she can make a career with firms/ in areas such as print journalism, broadcasting corporations, Journals and Magazines, All India Radio, Press Information Bureau, Content Development, Publishers etc. Mass Communication students are well equipped with the knowledge and skill to take up various roles in the domain of reporting and journalism.¬†¬†¬†
A fresh Post Graduate can expect a starting salary of anywhere between INR 15,000 to INR 21,000 per month. The average starting salary range remains same throughout the job market with a little variation here and there.
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MA¬†¬†Mass Communication & Journalism: Course Highlight Table
|Course Type||Post Graduate (PG)|
|Duration of Course||2 Years|
|Admission process||Merit-based (Based on UG percentage)/ Entrance Test based|
|Structure of Course||Semester-Wise|
|Eligibility||Graduation or equivalent from any recognized college/university with a minimum of 50% (relaxable for reserved category candidates) marks at UG or equivalent level.|
|Top recruiting areas||Print journalism, broadcasting corporations, Journals and Magazines, All India Radio, Press Information Bureau, Content Development, Publishing firms.|
|Job Profiles||Correspondent, News analyst, Blog Writer, Radio Jockey, Program Presenter, Feature writer, Video Jockey etc.|
|Course Fee||INR 10,000 to 2 Lacs|
|Average starting salary||INR 15,000 to 21,000|
MA Mass Communication and Journalism: What is it about?
MA Mass Communication and Journalism course is aimed at equipping the students with specialized knowledge in the said subject. Media being the fourth pillar of a democratic state has made the area and profession of journalism as an important public service. This over the years has resulted in exponential growth of news channels and agency thus fuelling the demand for qualified professionals.
As the domain of journalism is all about application and presentation the course is designed in a manner so as to provide students with a holistic overview and insight into the subject so that they are able to apply their knowledge base when they enter the job market. The two-year duration of the course provides this knowledge in a gradual manner through a semester-based system to the students.
Journalism and mass communication being an important area of study requires that PG and UG level students who are studying it shall be introduced to the subject in a comprehensive manner so that they are ready to take up various responsibilities in this domain in the coming future.
MA Mass Communication and Journalism: Top Institutes¬†
A good number of colleges across the country offer MA Mass Communication and Journalism course to candidates who have passed their UG or equivalent examination from a recognized state or central University. Students can take admission in the course either through Common Entrance Test conducted by colleges/universities (Like Jamia Milia Islamia) or by applying to the various institutes offering this course based on their performance at the UG level.
For your reference, we have tabled down a list of various colleges/universities that are offering this course in India.
|Indian Institute of Journalism||Delhi||INR 3,45,000|
|MGM College of Journalism and Mass Communication||Aurangabad||INR 26, 500|
|Institute of Engineering Studies||Prakashnagar||INR 45, 170|
|St. Francis College for Women||Begumpet||INR 55,062|
|Maulana Azad National Urdu University||Hyderabad||INR 1,500|
|Jamia Milia Islamia||New Delhi||INR 7,200|
MA Mass Communication and Journalism: Eligibility
Candidate must have passed the UG or equivalent examination in any stream with¬†at least 50% (40% to 45% for reserved category candidates) of the marks¬†from a recognized state/private/deemed or central University.
- He/She shall not be having any backlog or compartment in any of the subject/subjects at UG or equivalent level that is yet to be cleared at the time of taking admissions.
- Apart from the above-mentioned eligibility criteria‚Äôs various colleges and institutes may have their own additional criteria‚Äôs which the students would have to satisfy in order to take admission.
- In case of reserved category students, they would have to present their reservation certificates issued by the competent authorities in order to avail the benefits applicable to them.
- Certain Institutes grant admissions through Common Entrance Test (CET). To get admission in these institutes candidates would have to qualify the respective entrance exam by securing minimum qualifying marks.
The eligibility criteria‚Äôs mentioned above are common to most of the universities and colleges across the country that are offering this course to the students.
MA Mass Communication and Journalism: Admission Process
Admission in course involves both a merit-based selection procedure and a common entrance test based admission process (as seen across various Universities and colleges in the country).¬†.
- Some Universities/Colleges conduct a common entrance test for admission into MA courses hence students would have to make an application for such exams.
- Students have to qualify these exams (for which they should be eligible to appear) in order to get admission in the course.
- After the conduct of the test, a merit list of finally qualified candidates is prepared and candidates are invited for admission process by the respective university or college.
- After completion calling for admission process, final allotment of seats to the candidate takes place and the candidate is asked to deposit the fee for the course and register for the respective academic year.
- The new academic year begins after the completion of all the above processes.
The admission process to the course remains same through colleges/universities offering the course with a little variation here and there.
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MA Mass Communication and Journalism: Syllabus and Course description
The syllabus of the course is divided into 4 semesters spread over a span of two years with each year comprising of two semesters. The syllabus of the course is divided into various parts and modules that students are taught during the course of their post-graduation. The details regarding the syllabus of the course are mentioned below so as to provide a reference to the candidates.
|Semester I||Semester II|
|Advertising and Corporate Communication||Interactive Communication Skills|
|Communication research||Inter-Cultural Communication|
|Development Communication||Principles of International Communication|
|Development of Media||Media law and ethics|
|Electronic Media||Media Management|
|Semester III||Semester IV|
|Media Productions||Reporting and editing|
|Media Research||Production portfolio|
|Media Writing||Public relations|
|New technologies in media application||Filed based assignment|
|Principles of mass communication||Presentation and Viva-voce|
MA Mass Communication and Journalism: Who Should Opt for?
- Students who have interest in media and journalism.
- Those who have a career as News reporter in mind.
- Those who are looking for a career in print media.
- Those aiming at public sector jobs in the domain.
MA Mass Communication and Journalism: Career Prospects
MA in Mass Communication and Journalism degree holders have plenty of options to choose from in terms of their career. One can choose to work as Correspondent, News analyst, Blog Writer, Radio Jockey, Program Presenter, Feature writer, Video Jockey etc.
To provide you with a holistic view of the career prospects of the course we have tabled certain areas and the respective roles attached to the same where Mass Communication and Journalism postgraduates can look for in terms of their career.
|Area/Domain||Role||Average Salary for Fresher‚Äôs|
|Correspondent||The job involves reporting and presenting the news right from ground zero either in print or media format.||INR 3.22-3.38 Lacs|
|News Analyst||A news analyst is involved in the analysis and research of the daily news so as to provide general understanding to the common public.||INR 3.42- 4.4 Lacs|
|Radio Jockey||A radio jockey is involved in the presentation of information, entertainment and news related programs on a radio frequency channel.||INR 2.48 ‚Äď 2.70 Lacs|
|Blog Writer||Blog writers are involved in writing articles and news in a respective website or newspaper in a periodic manner.||INR 2.25-2.62 Lacs|
|Program Host||A host is one who is involved in the task of presenting entertainment and news related programs that are aired on TV.||INR 3.8- 4.2 Lacs|