WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$15,504 /year
Applications Begin:January 2021
Final Award:Master of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication
Start Date:September 2021
Academic Unit:School of Global Affairs and Public Policy
Campus:Cairo Campus
Application Deadline: March 2021
Programme Overview

The Master of Arts program in journalism and mass communication is designed to provide intellectual growth and advanced training for persons already engaged in mass media or public information work. Students wishing to specialize in a particular area, such as marketing communication or international business journalism, sociological or political communication, are encouraged to design a sequence of elective courses that best meets their interests.


A minimum of 27 graduate credit hours is required, including the following four core courses. Note that the four core courses should be taken as early after admission to the program as possible.
– Seminar in Mass Communication Theory and Literature (3 cr.)
– Seminar: Current Issues in Mass Communication (3 cr.)
– Seminar: Research Methods in Mass Communication (3 cr.)
– Seminar in International Communication (3 cr.)

Students should complete the following courses as early after admission to the program as possible.

– Seminar in Mass Communication Theory and Literature (3 cr.)
– Seminar: Research Methods in Mass Communication (3 cr.)

Additional Requirements
Additional coursework should come from the following list of Master of Arts courses, or because of the interdisciplinary scope of mass communication, students may, with adviser approval, take and apply up to three 500-level courses (9 hours) from other disciplines. A maximum of six credit hours of 400-level coursework may be approved and counted toward the required credit hours.

Master of Arts Courses
– Seminar in Mass Communication Theory and Literature (3 cr.)
– Advanced Reporting and Writing (3 cr.)
– Seminar: Current Issues in Mass Communication (3 cr.)
– Seminar: Research Methods in Mass Communication (3 cr.)
– Internship (3 cr.)
– Seminar in International Communication (3 cr.)
– Seminar in Mass Communication and National Development (3 cr.)
– Digital Journalism (3 cr.)
– Impact of Television: Issues and Developments (3 cr.)
– Special Topics (3 cr.)

Comprehensive Examination
Master of Arts students must complete the following courses in preparation for the comprehensive examination. The examination procedure is described in the “General Requirements” section. An oral examination may be required in addition to the written examination. Students must pass comprehensive examinations before being permitted to begin work on their theses.

– Seminar in Mass Communication Theory and Literature (3 cr.)
– Seminar: Current Issues in Mass Communication (3 cr.)
– Seminar: Research Methods in Mass Communication (3 cr.)
– Seminar in International Communication (3 cr.)

A thesis is required for all students. The department’s thesis committee must approve the thesis topic after the student, in consultation with an advisor, submits a formal proposal. Written in English, the thesis must be defended by the student before faculty members, and must conform to current university requirements, policies and procedures.

Admission Requirements

Students are required to have a minimum GPA of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) on an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university. For students who have been out of school for some time work experience or other relevant criteria may be considered in lieu of a lower than 3.0 GPA. Students who have below a 3.0 cumulative GPA from their bachelor’s degree may still be considered for provisional admission and should provide an explanation of extenuating circumstances and/or a demonstration of outstanding work experience.

Students who do not have an undergraduate degree in a mass communication major from AUC may be asked to complete a set of readings and/or a program of undergraduate prerequisite courses completed with grades of B or higher.

In addition to the general requirements established by the university, the applicant must demonstrate a proficiency in English at an advanced level and obtain an acceptable score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) (currently frozen).

Students are also required to submit two recommendation letters from relevant, credible sources and a personal statement of purpose, which is evaluated for its clarity of expression, creativity, and persuasiveness in arguing that:

  • The applicant has the necessary record of preparation and performance to succeed in the program.
  • The applicant’s goals can be served by the program’s courses and experiences.
  • The program itself can benefit from the applicant’s experiences.

Applicants are also to submit an updated curriculum vitae, official transcripts of all university degrees, and samples of professionally published or broadcast work if available.

A writing sample that demonstrates the potential to write clearly and critically is also required. If the student has graduated within the last three years, an academic paper from the undergraduate (or M.A.) coursework will suffice. Writing samples may include a term paper, a chapter from an Honors or M.A. thesis, or a conference paper. If the student has graduated more than three years ago, he/she should include an essay of 300-500 words about a recent local, regional, or international communication issue that he/she deems important.

Applicants may be required to take an entry exam administered by the department to measure their writing skills and their overall awareness of the communication field and the word around them. Applicants may also be required to sit through a personal interview.

Admission Checklist:
– GRE Scores (frozen)
– Official transcripts
– Proof of English language proficiency
– Two letters of recommendation
– Personal statement
– Curriculum vitae
– Samples of published/ broadcast work
– Writing sample

Application Process
Application Fees for Egyptian Students: $84
Application Fees for International Students: $84

How to Apply
1- Submit the online application form. (Application is available online only). The application can be renewed from the fall to the spring semester of the same academic year only. A new application should be submitted for a new academic year.
2- Fulfill the requirements of your secondary school certificate. The most common secondary school certificates accepted by AUC are listed below. The minimum cut-off scores for each certificate may change from one semester to another according to University requirements. Having the minimum academic requirements does not grant you an offer of a place but rather ensures entry to the selection process.
– Thanawiya Amma
– German Abitur
– IGCSE/GCSE/GCE British Certificate
– International Baccalaureate
– French Baccalaureate
– American High School Diploma
– Canadian Certificates
– Other Certificates

1. Late submission of admission credentials decreases your chances of declaring science and engineering majors because places in these programs are limited.
2. Check that you have fulfilled all the University’s language requirements, as demonstrated by your TOEFL/IELTS scores.
– Results of the TOEFL/IELTS exams may be sent directly to the admissions office. AUC’s code number is 0903
– Both tests should be completed no more than two years prior to the first day of the term for which you are applying for admission
– English placement depends on your TOEFL/IELTS test scores
– Students who believe their placement in the ELI is not appropriate for their level of English proficiency are encouraged to re-take the TOEFL or IELTS. AUC does not offer “exemption” exams of any kind
– The deadline to submit improved English placement test scores is the last working day before the first day of classes each semester

3. Check that you have submitted all required documents by the set deadlines. Your application and a final admission decision will be pending the submission of all these documents. Applications submitted after the set deadlines will be considered according to space availability.
4. Provisional Admission: AUC considers the most academically qualified applicants for provisional admission if they earned excellent grades or submitted the necessary documents prior to the set deadlines.
5. Final acceptance will be given after submitting your final transcript and proof of graduation by or before the assigned deadlines.

About the Application Deadlines:
**Spring Semester (American system) which begins in January and ends in early May, has as Undergraduate Application Deadline October 1, 2020.
**Fall Semester (American system) which starts in late August and ends in late December, has as Undergraduate Application Deadline March 1, 2021.

Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities for Master of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication include:
– Journalist/News reporter
– Fashion Photographer
– TV Correspondent
– Producer
– Radio Jockey/ RJ
– Public Relations Officer
– Content Writer

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Tuition Fees for Egyptian Students: $15,504
Tuition Fees for International Students: $19,681

**Tuition Fee per year for Egyptian Students: 246,426EGP ($15,633)
**Tuition Fee per year for International Students: 312,820EGP ($19,845)
– The tuition rate is based on a flat rate of $579 for Egyptian students per credit hour and $735 for international students per credit hour.
– Tuition fees for Egyptian students may be paid in Egyptian pounds according to CIB (Commercial International Bank) exchange rate on the day of payment. Tuition fees for international students must be paid in US dollars.
– Tuition fees are collected each semester. No student with an outstanding bill (including charges for breakage or library fines) will be admitted to any examination, given any certificate or report of academic standing, or be permitted to register for a subsequent semester.

Relevant Contact

Prof. Firas Al-Atraqchi
Chair, Department of Journalism and Mass Communication
Admissions Office
Responsible for Admission Enquiries
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