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COMMUNICATION


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Bachelor’s in Communication

School of Business and Communication

Cinema & Digital Arts Communication Creative Writing & Publishing Journalism Speech Communication

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In a world where communication touches every realm of life, The Master’s University disciplines students to not only excel in their chosen focus, but also do so in a way that will glorify God. One of the most basic elements of Christianity is evangelism and a degree in Communications prepares students with some of the best skills to reach the largest number of people — whether supporting Christian organizations or working in a secular work environment.

In a classroom taught by working professionals, students are equipped with hands-on experience as well as working as a part of a team. There is synergy between all emphases, as required in the professional world. Each year they work together to create projects like short films and graphic novels, which can later be used in their professional portfolios. No graduate of the Communications department leaves unprepared.

ROOTED IN AN UNWAVERING DEVOTION TO JESUS CHRIST AND THE INERRANT WORD OF GOD, OUR WORLD-CLASS FACULTY AND DEDICATED ADMINISTRATION PREPARE EACH STUDENT’S HEART AND MIND FOR A LIFE OF ETERNAL INFLUENCE. - John MacArthur

Professors, Pastors, Professionals : small class sizes allow for close teacher-student mentorship and a high-level of scholarship under the guidance of professors who have either worked or are still working in their professional fields.

30 miles from all major studios in Los Angeles: Disney (23 miles), Columbia Pictures (31 miles), 20thCentury Fox (29 miles), Paramount Pictures (27 miles), Universal Pictures (23 miles), MGM (28 miles) and more.

Cutting-edge content and State-of-the-art equipment. Students are taught ahead of the trends using Black Magic Design industry-level 4K cameras, sound and light equipment, podcast studio, and more - positioning them to be pioneers and entrepreneurs while still in school and leaders upon graduation.

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On-Campus

STUDENT LIFE

Be right at home developing meaningful, life-long relationships with like-minded Christians. Students experience a missional, gospel-centered student life both in and out of the classroom. Master’s offers a full range of facilities, resources, services, and discipleship to the approximately 1000 students on-campus.

Top-ranked Student Life : rated #2 Nationwide “Most Inspirational” by Wall Street Journal, and “A” Grade by Niche.com, and ranked #1 “Right Choice” University (Wall Street Journal 2017 & 2018)

6 residence halls on one of America’s safest ranked campuses, with Santa Clarita consistently ranked one of the nation’s safest cities. Ranked Top 10% Nationwide for “Best College Dorms” and “Best College Campuses” (Niche 2020 ranking)

3 chapel services weekly for all faculty, staff and students. You may already live-stream the service here: Chapel. Additional opportunities for community outreach include the Evangelism Club or The Master’s Chorale


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ADMISSIONS EVENTS

Southern California: a lively, oak-filled canyon campus close to both the mountains and the beach, endless career opportunities nearby, and an extensive network of recommended local churches. Prospective students and their families are invited to class-visits, 1-to-1 advising, and total-campus experiences year-round.


Study & Serve Abroad

Communications majors have the option to study at TMU’s Israel campus, plus a wide range of study locations varying by semester including GO! and TMU Italy

Israel Bible Extension (IBEX) GO! Global Outreach TMU Italy


Affordability & Scholarships

40% of our undergraduate students graduated with no debt in 2019. We strive to offer students a Christ-centered education within the financial reach of all. This means paying less for school, graduating with less debt, and students starting their career better prepared for success.

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Alumni & Graduate Degrees

TMU communication and business students are in high demand. Examples of companies which hired TMU graduates include KPMG, Oakley Inc, Columbia Sportswear, Clorox Company, Military (USMC), Bank of the West, Joni and Friends, JRW Investing, Deloitte, Hewlett-Packard, Coca-Cola Company, Disney, General Motors, Princess Cruiselines, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Raytheon, and Alexandria Real Estate Equities.

For students pursuing graduate school, TMU’s 95% graduate school acceptance rate means students are very likely to be accepted to the graduate school of their choice.

Students may also continue their studies at TMU&S:

TMU Online MBA Master in Biblical Counseling The Master’s Seminary


Admissions

Since 1927, the mission of The Master’s University is to empower students for a life of enduring commitment to Christ, biblical fidelity, moral integrity, intellectual growth and lasting contribution to the Kingdom of God worldwide.

  • Required Statement of Faith and Pastoral Recommendation

  • 3.6 GPA average for new applicants

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Experience this program for yourself

Prospective students and their families are invited to class-visits, 1-to-1 advising, total-campus experiences in upcoming events each Spring and Fall, including the 1/2 day Mondays@Master’s and the 2-day View the U events.

  • Events include Admissions and Financial Aid workshops
  • View the U includes overnight stay in the dorms hosted by current students
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Communication Core Courses

  • C211 Introduction to Mass Communication (3)

  • One of the following (3)

    • C371 Interpersonal Communication (3)

    • C391 Intercultural Communication (3)

  • One of the following (3)

    • C254 Journal and Autobiographical Writing (3)

    • C261 Introduction to Journalism (3)

    • C321 Screenwriting I (3)

    • C351 Creative Writing (3)

  • One of the following (3)

    • C382 Persuasion (3)

    • C481 Argumentation & Debate (3)

  • C472 Rhetorical Criticism (3)

Total core courses (15)

General Communication Emphasis Courses

Students may choose the General emphasis, which allows courses from all listed emphases (along with the core major courses). This emphasis gives students the flexibility to handpick courses specific to their unique interests, gifts, and career goals under the umbrella of communication theory and practice.

  • Communication core courses (15)

  • Elective Communication courses* (33)

  • Also acceptable (maximum of 3 units)

    • E333 Drama as Literature (3)

    • E334 The Short Story (3)

    • E336 Poetry and Poetics (3)

  • Also acceptable (maximum of 6 units)

    • MGT310 Management Theory (3)

    • MGT330 Business Communications (3)

    • MGT351 Human Resource Management (3)

    • MIS320 IS Applications

    • MKT350 Marketing Fundamentals (3)

    • E315 Neoclassicism (3)

    • E436 Contemporary Critical Theory (3)

    • E453 Psychoanalytic Criticism (3)

    • E499 Feminist Criticism and Gender Theory (3)

Total units required for emphasis (48)

*Political Studies courses cannot be applied.

Creative Writing & Publishing Emphasis Courses

This emphasis offers a course of study for students interested in the various aspects of print and electronic publication, including writing, publishing, editing, photography, and graphic design.

  • Communication core courses (15)

  • Elective Communication courses (33)

    • C121 Fundamentals of Digital Media (3)

    • C122 Social Media and Communication (3)

    • C132 Podcast Studio (3)

    • C142 Photoshop (3)

    • C234 Travel Writing *(Directed Study) *(3)

    • C254 Journal & Autobiographical Writing (3)

    • C320 Newspaper Workshop (3)

    • C321 Screenwriting I (3)

    • C331 Freelance: Entrepreneurship in the Digital Age (3)

    • C338 Multimedia Storytelling (3)

    • C341 Magazine Writing (3)

    • C351 Creative Writing (3)

    • C352 Editing I, Principles of Copyediting (3)

    • C368 Fundamentals of Advertising Copywriting (3)

    • C372 Science Fiction Writing (3)

    • C373 Graphic Design I (3)

    • C404 Graphic Design II (3)

    • C412 Advanced Photography (3)

    • C430 Honors Internship (1-6)

    • C441 Poetry Writing (3)

    • C452 Editing II, Advanced Copyediting (3)

    • C459 Novel Writing (Directed Study) (3)

    • C471 Writing for Publication (3)

    • C480 Digital Photography (3)

    • C482 The Graphic Novel (3)

    • C492 In-Depth Reporting (3)

  • Also acceptable

    • E333 Drama as Literature (3)

    • E334 The Short Story (3)

    • E336 Poetry and Poetics (3)

Total units required for emphasis (48)

Journalism Emphasis Courses

This emphasis offers a course of study for students interested in the various and changing field of journalism, including writing and reporting, sports photography, editing, public relations, media literacy, TV, radio, and multimedia/social media journalism.

  • Communication core courses (15)

  • C261 Introduction to Journalism (3)

  • C320 Newspaper Workshop (2 semesters required) (4)

  • C338 Multimedia Storytelling (3)

  • C492 In-Depth Reporting (3)

  • Elective Communication courses (20)

    • C122 Social Media and Communication (3)

    • C132 Podcast Studio (3)

    • C138 Photo Journalism (3)

    • C234 Travel Writing (Directed Study) (3)

    • C303 The Documentary

    • C320 Newspaper Workshop *(over emphasis requirement) (1-4)*

    • C331 Freelancing: Entrepreneurship in a Digital World (3)

    • C341 Magazine Writing (3)

    • C352 Editing I, Principles of Copyediting (3)

    • C362 Writing Editorials & Columns (3)

    • C373 Graphic Design I (3)

    • C404 Graphic Design II (3)

    • C430 Honors Internship (1-6)

    • C432 Sports Journalism (3)

    • C444 Advanced Article Writing (3)

    • C452 Editing II, Advanced Copyediting (3)

  • Also Acceptable (maximum of 9 units)

    • POL325 Political Parties and Elections (3)

    • POL333 The Presidency (3)

    • POL334 Congress (3)

    • POL336 Political Communication (3)

    • POL423 The Judicial Process (3)

    • POL424 Law & Public Policy (3)

    • POL446 The Supreme Court & the Bill of Rights (3)

Total units required for emphasis (48)

Speech Communication Emphasis Courses

Courses in this emphasis develop the student’s ability to think, write, and speak clearly and effectively. Communication skills at both the interpersonal and public levels are stressed with the view of developing critical thinking skills and problem-solving strategies. This area of concentration helps prepare students for such careers as speech teacher, manager, salesperson, public relations practitioner, lawyer, and customer service representative.

  • Communication core courses (15)

  • Elective Communication courses (33)

    • C122 Social Media and Communication (3)

    • C148 Introduction to ASL and Deaf Culture (3)

    • C284 Group Dynamics (3)

    • C331 Freelancing: Entrepreneurship in a Digital World (3)

    • C336 Political Communication (3)

    • C371 Interpersonal Communication* (3)

    • C381 Beginning Public Relations (3)

    • C382 Persuasion* (3)

    • C383 Family Communication (3)

    • C384 Nonverbal Communication (3)

    • C388 Communication & Social Movements (3)

    • C391 Intercultural Communication* (3)

    • C392 Advanced Public Relations (3)

    • C430 Honors Internship (1-6)

    • C478 Classical to Contemporary Rhetorical Theory (3)

    • C481 Argumentation & Debate* (3)

    • C484 Organizational Communication (3)

    • C488 Rhetoric of Religion (3)

    • C498 Communication Theories (3)

  • Also Acceptable

    • MGT310 Management Theory (3)

    • MGT330 Business Communications (3)

    • MGT351 Human Resource Management (3)

    • MIS320 IS Applications (3)

    • MKT350 Marketing Fundamentals (3)

    • POL336 Political Communication (3)

    • E315 Neoclassicism (3)

    • E436 Contemporary Critical Theory (3)

    • E453 Psychoanalytic Criticism (3)

    • E499g Feminist Criticism and Gender Theory (3)

Total units required for emphasis (48)

*Does not count as an elective if used to satisfy the Communication core requirement.


Cinema & Digital Arts Emphasis Courses

This emphasis offers a course of study for students interested in the visual media industry, including visual storytelling and screenwriting, technical aspects of video editing and videography, lighting, sound, and production. Cinema & Digital Arts majors do not take Communication Core courses. Courses are listed in the order in which they must to be taken.

  • C202 Film History (3)

  • C311 Video Production I (3)

  • C312 Video Production II (3)

  • C181 Introduction to Cinematography (3)

  • C321 Screenwriting I (3)

  • C322 The Business of Film (3)

  • C331 Freelance: Entrepreneurship in the Digital Age (3)

  • C231 Digital Video Editing I (3)

  • C382 Persuasion (3)

  • C401 Directing (3)

  • C472 Rhetorical Criticism (3)

  • C402 Film Production (3)

  • Four of the following (12)

    • C132 Podcast Studio (3)

    • C191 Pocket Studio (3)

    • C202 Film History (3)

    • C231 Digital Video Editing I (3)

    • C232 Digital Video Editing II (3)

    • C303 The Documentary (3)

    • C328 Screenwriting II (3)

    • C338 Multimedia Storytelling (3)

    • C361 Film Noir: The Genre of Style (3)

    • C373 Graphic Design I (3)

    • C374 The Western: Myth, Ideology, and Genre (3)

    • C394 Introduction to Computer Visual Effects (3)

    • C404 Graphic Design II (3)

    • C430 Honors Internship (1-6)

    • C436 Christianity and Film (3)

    • C442 Computer Visual Effects II (3)

    • C480 Digital Photography (3)

    • C482 The Graphic Novel (3)

  • Also acceptable

    • MU223 Audio Engineering I (3)

    • MU251 Introduction to Audio Technology, Pro Tools I (3)

    • MU354 Introduction to Audio Editing, Pro Tools II (3)

    • MU355 Introduction to Audio Mixing, Pro Tools III (3)

    • MU404 Recording Techniques (3)

    • MU426 Audio Engineering II (3)

Total units required for emphasis (48)

Bachelor of Arts in Audio Production & Communication

This inter-disciplinary degree requires courses in sound production and electronic communication to prepare students for careers that incorporate sound, film, production, music, etc. in many aspects of the entertainment industry, as well as in churches.

Audio Production Core Courses

  • MU223 Audio Engineering I
  • MU251 Introduction to Audio Technology, Pro Tools I
  • MU354 Introduction to Audio Editing, Pro Tools II
  • MU355 Introduction to Audio Mixing, Pro Tools III
  • MU404 Recording Techniques
  • MU426 Audio Engineering II
  • MU460E Senior Project
  • MU498 Internship in Audio Technology Music Core Courses
  • MU108 Music Fundamentals
  • MU221 Digital Music Technology
  • MU330 Concert Attendance
  • MU334 Music Leadership and Administration
  • MU406 Popular Music Since 1900
  • Choice of Ensemble
  • Music Electives Communication Electives Choose 4 of the following:
  • C472 Rhetorical Criticism
  • C382 Persuasion (3) C132 Podcast Studio
  • C202 Film History
  • C211 Intro to Mass Communication
  • C371 Interpersonal Communication

Minor in Communication

Available for students who are completing a major in another department at The Master’s University. The minor in Communication includes the three required course choices listed below, plus five electives chosen from the Communication Department course offerings:

  • C211 Introduction to Mass Communication (3)

  • One of the following

    • C371 Interpersonal Communication (3)

    • C391 Intercultural Communication (3)

  • One of the following

    • C254 Journal and Autobiographical Writing (3)

    • C261 Introduction to Journalism (3)

    • C321 Screenwriting I (3)

    • C351 Creative Writing (3)

  • Elective Communication courses (15)

Total units required for minor (24)


Marketing Media Major Courses

Marketing Media majors do not take the Communication core.

  • Communication core courses (30 units of the following)

    • C122 Social Media and Communication (3)

    • C132 Podcast Studio (3)

    • C142 Photoshop I (3)

    • C191 Pocket Studio (3)

    • C231 Digital Video Editing I (3)

    • C232 Digital Video Editing II (3)

    • C311 Video Production I (3)

    • C312 Video Production II (3)

    • C352 Editing I, Principles of Copyediting (3)

    • C373 Graphic Design I (3)

    • C381 Beginning Public Relations (3)

    • C384 Nonverbal Communications (3)

    • C394 Introduction to Computer Visual Effects (3)

    • C404 Graphic Design II (3)

    • C442 Computer Visual Effects II (3)

    • C452 Editing II, Advanced Copyediting (3)

    • C484 Organizational Communication (3)

  • Business Core Courses (must take all 10)

    • BUS310 Statistics for Business* (3)

    • BUS320 Business Law (3)

    • BUS330 Business Ethics** (3)

    • INB372 International Marketing (3)

    • MGT330 Business Communications*** (3)

    • MKT350 Marketing Fundamentals (3)

    • MKT361 Marketing Strategies (3)

    • MKT381 Consumer Behavior (3)

    • MKT462 Sales and Customer Service (3)

    • MKT482 Marketing Research (3)

Total units required for major (60)

*Fulfills general education requirement for MA240.

**Fulfills general education requirement for P311.

***Fulfills general education requirement for C100.

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Programs

Program Credits

General Education: 40
Bible: 21
Major Core Courses: 15
Emphasis/Electives: 33

Sample Course Offerings:

  • Creative Writing
  • Screenwriting
  • Graphic Design
  • Magazine Writing
  • Film Production
  • Nonverbal Communications
  • Public Relations

Career Paths

  • Sports Journalist
  • Advertising Copywriter
  • Lawyer
  • Speech Writer
  • Producer
  • Director
  • News Anchor
  • Journalist
  • Graphic Designer
  • Public Relations
  • Film/TV Editor
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