The certificate program in Convergence Media is designed to take both a practical and critical approach to meeting the challenges of the changing media world. Specific courses give students a broad range in journalistic multi-platform writing and design and will allow students to become adept at preparing and placing those stories in a web-based journalism environment. Specifically, students will be able to draw on their knowledge to properly place media, create links to appropriate venues and present these in an attractive and appropriate interactive setting.
This graduate certificate curriculum is offered partially online and at the Tampa campus.
Students must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum of a 3.0 GPA. Appropriate degree programs are those where the education is immediately useful or readily transferable to mass communications.
Application processTo learn about the application process, and to access the application, please review our application process.
In addition to your completed application form, transcripts, resume and letter of interest, you will need to submit the following documents:
- At least three samples of writing in a specific platform. Professional or scholarly is generally considered best for evaluation purposes
- Three letters of recommendation, preferably from individuals who are able to comment on the applicant's academic ability.
Applicants from fields other than mass communications will be considered, but may be required to take additional courses as prerequisites prior to taking certificate courses.
15 semester hours
MMC 6920 Intro to Mass Communications Research
MMC 5936 Writing for Convergence
EME 6936 Web Design & Media Streaming (online or traditional offering)
MMC 6936 First Amendment & Society
MMC 6936 Convergence Publishing and Reporting
None are required.
Credit toward graduate degree
Up to 12 hours of certificate course credits may be applied to a graduate degree with departmental approval
GRE scores are required. International students must submit a TOEFL score when English is not the native language. A minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test or 79 on the web-based test is required.