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Lifespan & Digital Communications (M.A.)

ODU’s graduate degree program in Lifespan & Digital Communication is distinctive in the field of communication. It is one of the few in the U.S. to focus on lifespan communication, and the only one in the U.S. that combines relational communication and digital media studies into a comprehensive graduate program focusing on communication development across the lifespan. We'll equip you, the next generation of communication professionals and educators, to innovate, imagine and create the tools, methods and solutions critical for 21st century communication problems utilizing the most up-to-date research tools.

Focus Areas include: Strategic Communication, Lifespan Communication: Relationships & Groups, Media Studies and Professional Communication.

Lifespan & Digital Communications (M.A.)


Description


What is Lifespan & Digital Communications at ODU like?

ODU’s graduate degree program in Lifespan & Digital Communication is distinctive in the field of communication. It is one of the few in the U.S. to focus on lifespan communication, and the only one in the U.S. that combines relational communication and digital media studies into a comprehensive graduate program focusing on communication development across the lifespan. We'll equip you, the next generation of communication professionals and educators, to innovate, imagine and create the tools, methods and solutions critical for 21st century communication problems utilizing the most up-to-date research tools.

Focus Areas include: Strategic Communication, Lifespan Communication: Relationships & Groups, Media Studies and Professional Communication.

Program Highlights


What makes Lifespan & Digital Communications at ODU unique?

  • Study with award-winning, nationally- known communication faculty members

  • Learn to research by working directly with actively publishing scholars as well as working professionals

  • Present your papers at professional conferences internationally, nationally, and regionally

  • Get to know communication’s graduate faculty and graduate students during weekly dinners

  • Have fun with graduate faculty and graduate students during program outings while you build professional communication networks.

  • Coursework can be completed on campus or online

Careers


What are some careers in this field?

Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Broadcast News Analysts

$88,250

MEDIAN SALARY


Analyze, interpret, and broadcast news received from various sources.

Web Developers

$74,110

MEDIAN SALARY


Design, create, and modify Web sites. Analyze user needs to implement Web site content, graphics, performance, and capacity. May integrate Web sites with other computer applications. May convert written, graphic, audio, and video components to compatible Web formats by using software designed to facilitate the creation of Web and multimedia content.

Government Property Inspectors and Investigators

$71,540

MEDIAN SALARY


Investigate or inspect government property to ensure compliance with contract agreements and government regulations.

Public Relations Specialists

$67,990

MEDIAN SALARY


Engage in promoting or creating an intended public image for individuals, groups, or organizations. May write or select material for release to various communications media.

Employers


Graduates from this major have gone to work at

Experient, PRR Marketing Consulting, Virginia Department of Veterans Services [Education, Job Transition, Career Center, ODU Career Development Services.

Courses


What are some courses offered in Lifespan & Digital Communications at ODU?

COMM 523:
Nonviolent Communication and Peace


Perspectives on nonviolent communication and peace are covered from the micro level |e.g., individual beliefs and worldviews) to interpersonal relationships |e.g., conflict management), groups |e.g., tribes, gangs), organizational systems |e.g., businesses, governments), and macro or global level |e.g., political relationships between nations).

COMM 573:
Television and Society


The role of television in the cultural, psychological, and economic life of America. The structure and design of television programs; and the history and function of television in reinforcing or altering public perceptions of ideas, events, and people. Major critical approaches are employed in examining television's social impact and global reach.

COMM 624:
Positive Communication Across the Lifespan


This course examines communication theories and research in light of the theories and research of positive psychology. Topics include: strengths-based communication theorizing, communication and happiness, positive communication functions, creative communication, and positive communication outcomes (health, wellness, peace, hope). Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor.

Requirements


What are the requirements to apply for Lifespan & Digital Communications at ODU?

Students entering the Master of Arts program in Lifespan & Digital Communications should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Graduate Admission)

  • In addition to meeting all general University requirements, an applicant must have two letters of recommendation from faculty members, or those who can evaluate the applicant's academic potential; and a 500-word essay that outlines the applicant's professional and personal goals in pursuing this degree, while explaining the relationship of these aforementioned goals to the Lifespan and Digital Communication degree program.

For admission to the Lifespan & Digital Communications program


GPA:

An undergraduate average of at least 3.25 in Communication or a related field and a 3.0 overall.


GRE:

GRE scores typically at or above 1000 as a composite of verbal and quantitative scores.


Cost

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2021-22 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident


Per Credit:

$ 551

Non-Resident


Per Credit:

$ 1,387

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States


Per Credit:

$ 595

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

Next Steps


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ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR


Name:

Gary Beck


Location:

3020 BATTEN ARTS & LETTERS, NORFOLK, VA, 23529



Office:

757-683-5168


Graduate Admissions


Location:

1000 Rollins Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3685


Fax:

757-683-6512


Email:

gradadmit@odu.edu


International Admissions


Location:

2101 Dragas Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3701


Fax:

757-683-3651


Email:

intladm@odu.edu

Additional Programs


Are there other programs at ODU I may be interested in?

With over 120 undergraduate programs, 130 graduate programs at the master'seducation specialist and doctoral levels plus a wealth of certificate and professional development programs, Old Dominion University has the program for you. Visit our academic program listing page to see other programs ODU has to offer.

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