Master of Arts In Mass Communication
In response to the need of some graduates working in media houses, public and private organizations as journalists, editors, communication/information officers or Public Relations Officers, The Department of Journalism and Media Studies (DJMS) started offering the Masters programme (MA) in Mass Communication in 2015. The programme has been attracting students within and outside the region. A number of students currently undertaking Bachelor of Arts Degree programmes in Journalism and Mass at the Open University of Tanzania (OUT) are expected to join the MA Mass communication programme.
Candidates holding the following qualifications will be eligible for admission into the Master of Arts in Mass Communication (MA MC) Programme:
- First degree holders from recognized universities in the field of journalism and mass communication.
- Candidates with Advanced Diploma or a Pass Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication will also be considered for admission if they have satisfied the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences that they have exhibited academic potential through extensive field work and/or additional training.
Payments are done per unit where as one unit costs 180,000 currently. In addition to tuition fee, students will be required to pay other charges like examination fees, essential reference books, stationaries and other related costs for attending practical sessions
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The Master of Arts in Mass communication is designed to meet the needs of labour market and educational needs of recent graduates and professionals. The program’s curriculum emphasizes the integrated nature of the communication discipline. For example, the program offers education in communication research, theories of mass communication, public opinion and media, theories of development and development communication, communication regulations and ethics, new media technology and communication planning. Therefore, the programme will provide the opportunity for career enhancement and/or further graduate studies.
All courses are examined during the academic year in which they are studied. The assessment consists of a two hour written test in the middle of the academic year and a three hour annual examination at the end of the academic year. The test contributes 30% while the annual examination contributes 70% to the final grade. More details on assessment regulations are provided in the OUT prospectus.
All tests and examinations are usually submitted to an external examiner unless a candidate appeals for re-examination of examination. Dissertations are submitted for evaluation to external examiner.