In today’s era of communication and technology, people round the clock want to keep themselves abreast of the latest change and developments happening around them. It is the role of the Journalism to spread information about every relevant happening in the world. Newspapers, radio, television and more recently the new media-internet has completely revolutionized the way news used to broadcast. Journalists have a very significant role to play in this practice. Today a journalism as a career stands not only for a prestigious profession but also for a challenging career option. Journalists play a key role in the growth of any nation. The core purpose of journalism is to inform, educate and enlighten the masses on various issues revolving them.

As the new world has time and again, verified the saying that the pen and the camera is mightier than the sword, numerous opportunities for journalists have been generated all around the globe. Today straightforward reporting of events is no more adequate, more specialization and professionalism in journalistic practices is being required. Therefore today, a wannabe journalist specialises in diverse areas, such as politics, finance and economics and the like.

Mass Communication courses in India is taught in various colleges and universities. It is also known by various names like communication studies, media studies, communication science, and communication arts and media science. While mass communication colleges in India offer a 3 –year Bachelor’s and 2-year Master’s degree, many institutes offer diploma and certificate programs in specialized fields like journalism, event management, advertising and marketing, and public relations. These diploma and certificate courses can vary from 3-6 months or even a year. Mass Communication has become such a popular stream of education in India today that distance education courses in mass communication have also picked up in a big way. IGNOU is one of the leading distance education universities to offer courses in mass communication.

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Available Programs in Journalism :

Under Graduate Programs in Mass Communication :

The B. A. Mass Communication program incorporates six semesters over three years. In India, Bachelor of Mass Communications is known by various names:

BMM – Bachelor of Mass Media

BJ – Bachelor of Journalism

BJMC – Bachelor of Journalism and Mass Communications

BA JMC – Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communications

BA (Mass Communication) – Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication

The only difference amongst these is the nomenclature. There is almost negligible difference in terms of content or options available on completion of the course. Duration of the Mass Communication degree course is 3 years.

Eligibility :

Bachelor of Mass Media requires candidates to be passed in senior secondary (10+2) or equivalent in any stream.

Minimum percentage requirement may vary from institute to institute

Some institutes also conduct entrance examinations/tests for getting admission to these courses, which generally consists of a written paper group discussion and personal interview.

Mode of admission:

Each university has its own selection criteria. Please refer to a particular university for detailed selection process.

Post Graduate Programs in Mass Communication :

Master's degree programs in mass communications are offered in various forms by many schools, most commonly as Master of Arts in Mass Communications, Master of Science in Mass Communications or Master of Mass Communications. Possible concentrations include print journalism, photojournalism, advertising and broadcasting. Some programs are offered online and in the evening. Master's degree programs usually require about two years of full-time study. In India, Master of Mass Communications is known by various names:

MMM – Master of Mass Media

MJ – Maser of Journalism

MJMC – Master of Journalism and Mass Communications

MA JMC – Master of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communications

MA (Mass Communication) – Master of Arts in Mass Communication

MCJ – Master of Communication and Journalism

MA (Mass Communication & Journalism) – Master of Arts in Mass Communication and Journalism

MMCJ – Master of Mass Communication and Journalism

MCS – Master in Communication Studies

The above mentioned terms are almost one and the same thing. There is slight difference in inclination towards some topics in some courses. Duration of the Masters in Mass Communication degree courses is 3 years.

Eligibility :

For pursuing Masters Degree in Mass Communications, one needs to have a graduate degree in Mass Communications.

Some institutes offer Masters of Mass Communications to graduates in any discipline from any recognised University.

Percentage requirement may vary from institute to institute.

Some institutes also have age limit

Some institutes also conduct an entrance examination/test for getting admission to these degree courses. The entrance examination/test generally consists of objective type question paper, also interview and/or group discussion may be conducted.

Mode of admission:

Each university has its own selection criteria. Please refer to a particular university for detailed selection process.

What Can I Do with a Mass Communications Degree?

After completing a Degree in Mass Communications, even at the Associate or Bachelor levels, you will be theoretically and practically qualified for various careers. Some examples include:

Media Planner

Journalist

Audio/Video Producer

Media Buyer

Publisher

Copywriter

Videographer

New Media Specialist

Public Relations Specialist

Photojournalist

Broadcast Manager

Print or Online Editor

Social Media Expert

Marketer/Advertiser

Motivational Speaker

Campaigner/Fundraiser