Master of Arts

Studies of Global Media


Where in the world do you want to go? A career in Global Media can get you there.

About the Online Program

How do various forms of media connect the global community on the big challenges of the day, such as the impact of climate change, poverty, inequality, the pandemic, record numbers of refugees and political discord?

The master’s degree in Studies of Global Media prepares students to analyze, verify and communicate information about varying global issues in an effective, ethical and culturally aware manner. The program draws on faculty from the University of Arizona School of Journalism who have extensive research, teaching, outreach and other work experience in countries around the world. 

The program’s broad selection of courses focuses on comparative media systems, practices, values and laws that influence political, cultural, social and economic institutions. Students critically evaluate relationships among media, the public, policy makers and other entities in rapidly evolving events and issues.

Our flexible curriculum allows students to study many forms of media and their influence on societies around the world through classes such as Media and the Environment; Disinformation and Information Security; Media, War and Peace; Media and Human Rights; and Social Movement Media in a Global Context.

Graduate students critically evaluate media content and media issues around the world, are offered opportunities to collaborate on projects in small groups or communities, and work with a professor on a capstone portfolio, project or research paper. Projects and research in the courses can be tailored to students’ interests to support their unique professional goals.

Students will graduate with deep professional knowledge of the diversity of influences on media in a global environment, which will prepare them to engage with and meet the challenges of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Graduates will be able to step into jobs in newsrooms, nonprofit organizations, think tanks, government, politics, intergovernmental agencies and other entities that require sophisticated writing, analytical, verbal and research skills. Virtually every job sector has individuals working in media in some form. Graduate students in the program also can strategically take courses that prepare them for a doctoral program.

This fully online program will be offered by the School of Journalism through Arizona Online beginning in January 2021. A Ph.D. minor in Studies of Global Media will be offered on the main campus in Tucson.

Our 31-credit M.A. in Studies of Global Media program is designed for students from any educational background. It is possible to complete the program in one year, although students generally take 18 months to two years. The program has only four required courses and a one-credit capstone, thus offering students great flexibility to take electives in their areas of interest. Part-time students are welcome.

What Can We Offer You?

Flexible Program. New courses are offered every seven-and-a-half weeks, giving students six entry points a year to join the program in the fall, spring and summer semesters. None of our courses has a prerequisite. In addition, all classes are asynchronous so students in any global time zone can easily fit their studies around jobs, family needs or other schedules.

Welcoming School and Alum Culture. Our program affords frequent opportunities to engage with a broad network of faculty, students, staff and alums based in the U.S. and around the world.

Our Center for Border & Global Journalism offers outreach programming online. Students are invited to join several social media groups where they can participate in frequent continuing education webinars posted on a host of issues.

Interdisciplinary and Intercultural Approach. Courses examine the transformation of media systems in historical and contemporary contexts. Students build analytical skills coupled with conceptual knowledge of real-time and emerging issues, such as digital inequity, surveillance, censorship, disinformation and misinformation.

Globally Oriented Faculty. The school’s faculty all have backgrounds in global reporting, research, teaching and training in Asia, North America, Latin America, the Middle East, North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Capstone. In their last semester, students work closely with a professor on a one-credit professional project, professional portfolio or academic paper related to their specific area of interest.

Application Deadlines


Spring 2021

  • First spring session: Date will be announced.
  • Second spring session: Date will be announced.

Summer 2021

  • First summer session: Date will be announced.
  • Second summer session: Date will be announced.

Fall 2021

  • First fall session: Date will be announced.
  • Second fall session: Date will be announced.

Contact Us

For more information on application and administrative questions:

Debbie Cross
Program Coordinator for Graduate Studies

For advising and curriculum questions:

Jeannine Relly, Ph.D.
Professor, Director of Global Initiatives