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A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications

Distinguish Yourself: Graduate Studies in Mass Communications

One-on-One Individualized Master's Program

Ready to work one-on-one with a professor to craft your individual master’s program? The graduate program here at the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Kansas State University provides the flexibility and financial assistance to meet your specific needs and goals. Within a working relationship among multiple programs across the campus, you can create a field of study that will aid your professional development or prepare you for doctoral work.

Our program allows you to build a focus in the fields of strategic communications, health and science communication, community media, or digital news. Working with nationally recognized faculty from across the university, you will tap into the latest ideas, methods, and topics. Faculty in the Miller School regularly conduct communication research and engage in community development projects across Kansas and around the world. Our graduates have gone on to careers at major media outlets, as well as leadership positions at national public relations and advertising agencies.

The Miller School provides a diverse learning environment. In fact, we were the recipient of the 2010 University Outstanding Unit Award for Enhancing Diversity, and our faculty members have come to K-State from points across the U.S. and around the world.

Come be a part of what is a growing, collaborative program located in the beautiful Flint Hills of Kansas. Come join us at the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

About the Program

The A. Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications uses a diverse mix of theoretical, empirical, and professional approaches to prepare students for the evolving mass-media field. Students are required to complete 30 hours of coursework either on the K-State campus or online and can choose between a research track, where they carry out original research, or a professional track, where they produce a creative project.  

For students who want to gain media experience while attending graduate school, the university provides several hands-on opportunities to work for student-run media including: the Collegian newspaper, the Royal Purple yearbook, the Wildcat 91.9 FM radio station and Wildcat Watch student television broadcasts.

The assessment plan endorsed by the School's graduate faculty in 2011 established five primary student learning objectives that were believed to be important for students seeking advanced degrees in mass communications areas regardless of student and/or instructional specialization across a wide range of advanced study interest areas.

  • Demonstrate an understanding of mass communications concepts and theories.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking ability.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the relevance of human diversity in mass communications.
  • Apply basic quantitative and qualitative research concepts.
  • Evaluate research results using relevant methods.

For more information on navigating the graduate program at the Miller School, download the Graduate Program Handbook (990 KB PDF).

Also see our Student Learning Outcomes



JMC Graduate Faculty

Graduate faculty members are professors who have been approved by the Graduate School to chair and serve on theses and dissertation committees. To form your committee, you should work with your faculty adviser to help determine which faculty are a "good fit" with the subject, the theory and the methodology, based on their research interest and publications. Below is a list of JMC graduate faculty.

William AdamsWilliam Adams
Office: Kedzie 219C

Research interests: visual communication, audience analysis, media development

Research methods: surveys, content analysis, focus groups, in-depth interviews


Louise BenjaminLouise Benjamin
Professor and Associate Dean
Office: Calvin 110

Research interests: media law and history, with an emphasis on broadcast history and regulation, especially early radio from 1900 to 1940

Research methods: historical methods, qualitative methods, legal research methods

Bonnie BressersBonnie Bressers
Associate Professor
Office: Kedzie 206A

Research interests: journalism's responses to the changing news industry and audience behaviors, community journalism and community engagement, the intersection of journalism and public relations, health communication

Research methods: survey research, in-depth interviews, focus groups, case studies

Barb DesantoRaluca Cozma
Associate Professor and Associate Director for Graduate Studies & Research 
Office: Kedzie 112

Research interests: international communication, political communication, social media, science communication, media framing, media uses and gratifications, journalism excellence and credibility

Research methods: content analysis, surveys, experiments, historical research, interviews

Barb DeSantoBarb DeSanto
Adjunct Associate Professor
Office: Kedzie 207

Research interests: public relations management, tourism issues, women's rights

Research methods: qualitative methods

 Tom HallaqTom Hallaq
Assistant Professor
Office: Dole 158

Research interests: media literacy, religion and journalism, educational technology and curriculum, digital creative works - especially video

Research methods: mixed-methods, survey development

 Nikhil MoroNikhil Moro
Office: Kedzie 105

Research interests: Digital media law and policy

Research methods: legal and historical

Dani LaGreeDanielle Myers LaGree
Assistant Professor
Office: Kedzie 217

Research interests: public relations, strategic planning and messaging, health communication - specifically, how perceptions of trust influence attitudes, behaviors, and involvement (among other variables) within the context of agricultural and health communication; career aspirations and socialization of women and students in PR

Research methods: experiments, surveys, in-depth interviews

Nancy MuturiNancy Muturi
Office: Kedzie 217A

Research interests: health communication, risk communication, health education and promotion, social change, women and communication, ICTs

Research methods: focus groups, surveys, participant observation, cultural studies, in-depth interviews 

Sam MwangiSam Mwangi
Associate Professor and Journalism Sequence Head
Office: Kedzie 206

Research interests: international communication, media and democracy, development communication, community media, political communication, media and civic engagement, media technology 

Research methods: content analysis, surveys, field observations, focus groups, case studies, interviews

Steve SmethersSteve Smethers
Associate Professor and Associate Director for Undergraduate Studies
Office: Kedzie 104B

Research interests: media and community engagement, alternative news distribution platforms, news deserts, media history

Research methods: in-depth interviews, focus groups, historical research 

tefertiller portraitAlec Tefertiller
Assistant Professor
Office: Kedzie 203

Research interests: new media technology, social media and social advertising, streaming television, uses and gratifications, social capital, social influence, entertainment studies

Research methods: online surveys, experiments, data mining and content analysis, online interviews 

Angela ZhangXiaochen "Angela" Zhang
Assistant Professor
Office: Kedzie 207

Research interests: crisis and risk communication, focusing on understanding stakeholder/public psychology and emotions during crisis as well as developing responsive crisis communication strategies; social media (crisis) communication strategies; disaster and organizational crisis communication

Research methods: quantitative experiment, survey, content analysis, case studies