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Loyola announces new M.A. in Emerging Media with courses offered primarily online

| By Nick Alexopulos
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Applications are being accepted for a new Master of Arts in Emerging Media program at Loyola University Maryland. The graduate program is designed to meet the tremendous market demand for communication professionals who understand what new media can bring to their organizations.

The 33-credit M.A. program, offered primarily online and set to begin in fall 2013, is tailored to students from a broad range of educational and professional backgrounds and varying levels of experience. The program can be taken part-time or full-time, with full-time students able to complete the program in as little as 12 months.

"Both within and outside the traditional communication industries, an ever-increasing number of careers require an understanding of how organizations successfully engage with their diverse audiences," said Elliot King, Ph.D., chair of Loyola’s communication department. "Our rigorous program and its innovative curriculum will prepare students to excel as professionals in this changing landscape, and challenge them to explore and address new communication opportunities, as they emerge, not just the cutting-edge technologies of today."

The program was designed by the communication department at Loyola and communication department faculty will teach all of the new, highly-specialized courses, which include, for example, Media Innovation, Emerging Media in Strategic Communication, and Law and Regulation for Emerging Media. The curriculum covers intermediate and advanced topics in content creation, web and mobile app production, ethics, entrepreneurship, and social media, among others.

Students will be exposed to all of those issues throughout the nine 3-credit courses and 6-credit capstone project required to complete the program. Full-time students will finish in one year; part-time students have up to 42 months.

Courses will be offered in fall, spring, and summer semesters, and students will be admitted on a rolling basis. The fall and spring semester courses will run online on a standard 14-week schedule. In the summer, there will be two independent one-week courses that will require residency at Loyola’s Evergreen campus in Baltimore, Md.

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