COMMUNICATION

Communication is all about creating, shaping, and delivering meaningful messages. 
 A bachelor’s degree in Communication is very useful for preparing you for a wide range of career options, including being a political aide, public relations manager, talk show host, sales representative, graphic designer, photojournalist, market researcher, camera operator, corporate communication manager, copy editor, producer, magazine editor, and marketing/advertising manager. A master’s degree in Communication can position you as an expert in your chosen area of concentration, further expanding your career options, and opening higher-level opportunities for professional advancement—as well as preparing you to pursue a terminal degree.

 
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Undergraduate and graduate degrees

We offer an education that meets your specific interests and goals. Combine your communication studies with minors or emphases like Media Production, Public Relations or Media Writing. Our undergraduate degrees are the perfect springboard to graduate school. Andrews is one of only two Adventist schools in North America that offers a Master of Arts in Communication and our communication program is accredited by the North Central Association/Higher Learning Commission (NCA/HLC).

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DEGREE Options

Media Production

Media Production: BS

WHO IS IT FOR?

 Media Production is for individuals who are seeking to create content for the exciting world of television. This engaging course of study allows the student to study the principles of television production in a professional multi-camera studio environment.  A degree in Media Production prepares the student to join any media house/production entity as an entry-level production assistant with great potential for advancement up to producer/director.  The student will also be well equipped to start his/her own business having learned the hands-on skills necessary to master the art of production.  Students also end up working on real productions, have their names roll in credits on shows airing on global networks and will have professionally produced productions to put on their demo reels.

HOW CAN I SERVE GOD?
The Seventh-day Adventist Church provides opportunities for qualified media professionals to serve in many of their production entities worldwide, education, and independent ministries. Individuals can use their skills to create content and help spread the gospel ministry world-wide.

JOB MARKET
Careers in media production may be found in film and television broadcasting, including Internet broadcasting. Technology now allows many persons to create content without the use of multimillion dollar equipment and a studio.  Producing and Directing are not the only jobs one can do with a media production degree, there are a variety of other media production positions available, including camera operator, television production assistant and video editor.

Producers/Directors
Median Salary for 2016:                          $70,950
Number of jobs available in 2016:          $134,700

Video Editor/Camera Operator
Media Salary for 2016                              $59,040
Number of jobs available in 2016:             $59,300

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Media Writing

Media Writing: BS

WHO IS IT FOR?

 Media Writing is recommended for those who wish to develop content for the fast-paced world of journalism and publication. This diverse course of study allows the student to study writing for news, on-line and print publications, as well as social media.  A degree in Media Writing prepares the student to join an organization as an entry-level writer with potential for advancement into editorial positions.

HOW CAN I SERVE GOD?

The Seventh-day Adventist Church works with qualified writing professionals to serve in education, ministerial administration, and independent ministries.  Whether you are a woman or man, opportunities are available, but competitive.  Also, the nonprofit sector has jobs for the professional who wishes to blend writing expertise with humanitarian service.

JOB MARKET

Writers and authors develop written content for various types of media, including advertisements; books; magazines; movie, play, and television scripts; and blogs. Employment of writers and authors is projected to grow by 8 percent.  Bureau of Labor Statistics

Median Salary for 2016:                   $60,000
Number of jobs available in 2016:    $131,200

Public Relations

Public Relations Degree : BS/BA

WHO IS IT FOR?

 A Public Relations major is recommended for those who wish to manage communication functions for organizations or individuals.  This diverse degree requires students to study writing, media relations, social media, problem-solving, design, and visual arts.  A degree in Public Relations prepares the student to join an organization as an entry-level, skilled practitioner with potential for advancement into management.

HOW CAN I SERVE GOD?

The Seventh-day Adventist Church is quickly embracing qualified public relations professionals to serve in education, ministerial administration, and independent ministries.  Whether you are a woman or man, opportunities are available.  Also, the nonprofit sector has many jobs for the professional who wishes to blend public relations practice with humanitarian service.

JOB MARKET

“Employment of public relations specialists is projected to grow 9 percent from 2016 to 2026. The need for organizations to maintain their public image will continue to drive employment growth. Candidates can expect strong competition for jobs at advertising and public relations firms and organizations with large media exposure.” Bureau of Labor Statistics

Median Salary for 2016:                   $58,020
Number of jobs available in 2016:    $259,600

Graduate

Communication MA

The Master of Arts is designed for students who wish to develop advanced-level skills and an expanded knowledge base in communication. Additionally, it also gives students the option of selecting a specific concentration area in which to focus their studies and connect an area of interest to the broader field of communication.

We strive to provide the best graduate education possible for Seventh-day Adventist and Christian communicators. Our expanded department includes more course options which will improve and strengthen your customized degree program.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

  1. Baccalaureate degree: A four-year degree from an accredited United States institution, or its equivalent from an institution outside the U.S.
  2. Undergraduate GPA: Minimum GPA of 2.75.
  3. Recommendations from the church board where the applicant is a member; college teacher/advisor, and church administrator, pastor or recent employer.
  4. Undergraduate coursework: 12 semester credits in communication and/or related areas
  5. Other:
    • Satisfy the admission requirements of the School of Graduate Studies
    • Present a resume of current experience
    • Submit a Statement of Purpose which explains how the relevant disciplines will be integrated to meet his/her career and academic goals
    • Complete any deficiencies at the beginning of the program

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

Students whose language of education is not English must submit one of the following tests and minimum scores:

TOEFL (ITP) paper-based—composite score of 600, with no component score lower than 55. An additional written essay exam is required with a minimum score of 80, and an additional speaking evaluation with a score of not less than 3.

TOEFL internet-based (iBT)—composite score of 100, with Reading and Listening component scores of at least 15, Writing component score of at least 17, and Speaking component score of at least 18)

MELAB—composite score of 84 with no component score lower than 80.

IELTS—[Academic] composite score of 7, with Reading, Listening and Speaking component scores of at least 6, and a Writing component score of at least 5.

PTE—PTE [Academic] composite score of 68, with no component score lower than 48.
The exam must be taken within two years prior to enrollment. Students who score below these levels may complete language requirements by enrolling in Intensive English Program courses (ENSL) on campus. Students with a score on the TOEFL ITP of 575-599 (or the equivalent on any of the four other exams) may be eligible for the Language Bridge Program which allows students to take a limited number of degree program courses while completing language proficiency requirements with Intensive English Program courses.

Exceptions to these requirements may be granted by the Department of Visual Art, Communication & Design on an individual basis.

Desrene Vernon-Brebnor, PhD
Graduate Program Director
Main Phone: 269-471-6314
Direct Phone: 269-471-6468
Department Email: commdept@andrews.edu
Direct Email: desrene@andrews.edu

Dual Degree—MDiv/MA

Andrews University has chosen to establish a collaborative program between the Master of Divinity from the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary and the Department of Visual Art, Communication & Design in the College of Arts & Sciences. Students can potentially complete the two degrees in less than 3½ years; 2 years in the Theological Seminary and 1 to 1½ years in the Department of Visual Art, Communication & Design.

This degree will prepare MDiv students for service in occupations where communication—and in particular, media-related communication—intersects with the pastoral mission of the church. Pastors today are challenged to minister and serve in ever-widening fields to increasingly diverse audience groups, and being able to do so effectively through a variety of mediums is becoming more important than ever before. Likewise, there are benefits to understanding the how and why of communication and what it takes to be an effective communicator on all levels outside of the pulpit. Furthermore, this collaboration allows for widened employment opportunities including television and radio, public relations, corporate communication and more.