Mass Communication

Mass Communication

Degrees offered: B.A., B.A.(Hons), B.B.A, B.J., B.M.M., B.Sc., B.Sc.(Hons)

What is Mass Communication

Mass Communication is generally termed as the very important process via which a message is communicated to large segments of people using mass media. Mass communication is usually used to distribute a similar message to a big group of the population that have means to use that form of mass media.

Journalism, advertising, and print media are the major examples of mass communication. There are two kinds of courses available for aspiring students in mass communication, an undergraduate degree and a postgraduate degree.

The undergraduate degree is Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication (BA Mass Comm.) and the postgraduate degree in Master of Arts in Mass Communication (MA Mass Comm.).

Both courses focus on familiarizing students with the practical and theoretical aspects of mass communication.

Eligibility Criteria (UG & PG) of Mass Communication

If an aspiring student needs to be eligible for admission in the Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication (BA Mass Comm.) course, he or she should fulfil the following eligibility criteria:


  • The candidate must have completed Senior Secondary/ 10+2 Standard from a recognized university.
  • The candidate must have a minimum aggregate percentage of 50% at the 10+2 level.


If an aspiring student needs to be eligible for admission in the Master of Arts in Mass Communication (MA Mass Comm.) course, he or she should fulfil the following eligibility criteria: -

  • The candidate must hold a Bachelor’s degree in any stream from a recognized university.
  • The candidate must have a minimum aggregate percentage of 50% at the graduation level. 


Entrance Exams for Mass Communication Courses

1. CUET: The Christ University Entrance Test (CUET) is organized by Christ University, Bangalore to help suitable students to gain admission in the suitable courses that the university offers.

2. TANCET: The Tamil Nadu Common Entrance Test (TANCET) is conducted jointly by the Tamil Nadu government and Anna University for students who are seeking admission in suitable courses in the colleges in the state of Tamil Nadu.

3. Merit-based admissions: Many recognized colleges offer admissions to students based on their merit and performance at the senior secondary level. Some universities might even give scholarships to students based on their performance. 

Scope of Mass Communication in India and Abroad

Mass communication has a great scope and is a great way for students to start their careers. Mass communication opens up multiple avenues for a student as it allows students to take up very diverse jobs.

After doing a BA in Mass Communication, the student can explore these job opportunities such as photography, news editing, journalism or radio jockeying. He or she could even go for higher education and pursue a Masters in this field.

Completing the master’s degree improves the employability of the student and opens up job opportunities at higher positions. 

Course Fees Mass Communication

Minimum Fees Maximum Fees
Private Government Private Government
UG
1.70 K
B.A. in Mass Communication at Dayanand Arya Kanya Degree College, Moradabad
4.13 K
B.A. in Mass Communication at Rani Anna Government College for Women, Tirunelveli
13.50 Lakhs
B.A. in Mass Communication at Amity University, Noida
3.45 Lakhs
B.A.(Hons) in Mass Communication at Indraprastha College for Women, Delhi
PG
6.80 K
P.G.D in Mass Communication at All India Institute of Management Studies, Chennai
2.11 K
M.Phil. in Mass Communication at Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak
10.45 Lakhs
M.A. in Mass Communication at Xavier School of Communication, Bhubaneswar
1.74 Lakhs
M.A. in Mass Communication at State University of Performing and Visual Arts, Rohtak
DOCTORAL
1.50 Lakhs
Ph.D in Mass Communication at Singhania University, Jhunjhunu
12.00 K
Ph.D in Mass Communication at Panjab University, Chandigarh
6.00 Lakhs
Ph.D in Mass Communication at Jagannath University, Jhajjar
14.00 K
Ph.D in Mass Communication at Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi
DIPLOMA
3.00 K
Diploma in Mass Communication at Khariar College, Khariar
4.00 K
Diploma in Mass Communication at Serampore College, Serampore
3.35 Lakhs
Diploma in Mass Communication at Vel's Institute of Science Technology and Advanced Studies, Chennai
72.00 K
M.Sc. in Mass Communication at University of Lucknow, Lucknow

Course Subjects

The following subjects are taught to students when they study mass communication: -

1.      Aesthetics and Visual Communication

2.      Photography

3.      Journalism

4.      Audio-Visual Communication

5.      Camera and Lighting

6.      Feature Writing

7.      Audiography and Music

8.      News Reporting and Editing

9.      Marketing and Mass Communication 

Careers in Mass Communication

Mass Communication opens up a lot of job opportunities, and most of these opportunities are very practical jobs in nature. If a person is interested in doing a practical job, he or she can pursue mass communication. This field is also for those who want to act as a bridge which connects two completely different subsets of people also sometimes regarded as the mirror of the society. Mass communicators are highly sought after by companies to promote their products/services, making this field a good career option.

Job Profiles and Top Recruiters

Mass Communication Job Profile

The job profiles of the people that graduate from mass communication are mentioned below: -

Job profile

Job description

Photographer

A photographer can work for an organization, have a freelance job or have his own business. Photographers click and modify professional-grade photographs.

Journalist

The job of a journalist is to write about current affairs in his or her chosen field in newspapers, magazines, for news channels or even online on blogs.

News Editor/ Anchor

News Anchors and News editors work for news channels and news networks. They work on filtering the content to be presented to the public and work as the face of that news channel/ network.

Advertiser

Advertisers work with marketing teams of a company to attract public attention that is much needed towards the company.

Radio Jockey

Radio jockeys work on radio stations. They play songs and work out new ways to improve the customer engagement of the radio station.


Top Recruiters

Mass Communication is a very sought-after course, and many reputed organizations look for mass communication graduates. The top recruiters that hire mass communication professionals are: -

1.      Time Network

2.      Zee Network

3.      The Hindu

4.      Door Darshan

5.      All India Radio

6.      India Today

7.      Outlook

8.      Republic Television Network 

Average Salary

There are plenty of job profiles in the field of Mass Communication. The average salaries of the professionals that work in this field are mentioned below: -

Job profile

Average salary (in Rs.)

Photographer

Rs. 3 Lakhs p.a. (Approx.)

Journalist

Rs. 4 Lakhs p.a. (Approx.)

News Editor Anchor

Rs. 4 Lakhs p.a. (Approx.)

Advertiser

Rs. 4.5 Lakhs p.a. (Approx.)

Radio Jockey

Rs. 3.6 Lakhs p.a. (Approx.)

Required Skillset for Mass Communication

Certain unique specific skills are required while doing each job. The skills required in a person when he or she is looking to pursue mass communication are: -

1. Open-Mindedness – A person willing to pursue mass communication must have an open and objective mindset. As a journalist, a person mustn't have a preoccupied mind frame. This helps him or her to do the job in a much better way.

2. Persistence – Doing a mass communication job is a very difficult job and comes with its fair share of complexities. A person needs to have a persistent nature to overcome the problems he or she might face and perform the job well.

3. Research skills – A person seeking a mass communication job must have excellent research skills. The jobs in this area require a lot of research to gather the full knowledge about the subject.

4. Self-Promotion – Self-Promotion is the ability of a person to advertise himself or herself. The person must have an engaging presence and good story-telling capabilities. Self-Promotion is an essential skill required in this field. 

Course Curriculum for Mass Communication

There are mainly two Mass Communication courses. Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication (BA Mass Comm.) is a three- year undergraduate program which is specially designed to give students the basic knowledge of mass communication and media.

The three years in this course are divided into six semesters of six months each. The second course, Master of Arts in Mass Communication (MA Mass Comm.) is a two- year postgraduate program which is designed to give students a deep knowledge about the world of journalism, mass media and mass communication. The two years in this course are divided into four semesters. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Question: What are the top Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication (BA Mass Comm.) colleges in India?

Answer :

The top Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication (BA Mass Comm.) colleges in India are: -

Question: What are the top Masters in Mass Communication colleges in India?

Answer :

The top Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication (BA Mass Comm.) colleges in India are: -

Question: What is the average fee of a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication (BA Mass Comm.) course?

Answer :

The average fee of a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication (BA Mass Comm.) course can range from about Rs. 25,000 to about Rs. 2,00,000.

Question: What is the average fee of a Masters of Arts in Mass Communication (MA Mass Comm.) course?

Answer :

The average fee of a Masters of Arts in Mass Communication (MA Mass Comm.) course can range from about Rs. 15,000 to about Rs. 1,50,000.

Question: What are the best Mass Communication colleges abroad?

Answer :

The best Mass Communication colleges abroad are: -

  • New York University, United States of America
  • Macromedia University of Applied Sciences, Germany
  • University of Oxford, United Kingdom
  • The University of California Berkeley, United States of America
  • University of Toronto, Canada

Questions related to Mass Communication

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What is the difference between M.A. Mass Communication or M.A. Mass Media and which is the good course?

Shweta Goel 18th Jun, 2021

Hey,

The major difference between the two is that Masters in Mass Communication focuses on teaching the theory and reasoning behind the subjects and Masters in Journalism and Mass Media is more bent towards practical knowledge of spreading a message in a mass. Mass Media is a part of Mass Communication.

Though the end result and career options of both of them might be the same. You can pursue any of them based on what interests you more theory or practical.

I hope this information was helpful.

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what about journalism in mass communication ? what is the eligibility criteria ? and what are the topics are asked for entrance examination ? what is the process to join the UOH for journalism in mass communication ?

Papeya Dubey Student Expert 3rd Jun, 2021

Hello,

University of Hyderabad offers MA Communication(Media Practice) and MA Communication(Media Studies) only for which the eligibility criteria is passed graduation in any stream from a recognized university securing 55% aggregate, there is entrance test conducted separately for each consisting of sections such as general knowledge, current affairs, media awareness, logical reasoning, English language and analytical skills followed by written test of 15 marks and personal interview of 25 marks, at ug level there is no course in Journalism or mass communication,check out at http://acad.uohyd.ac.in/couInt.html for more details regarding this.

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Can I do diploma in Mass communication with my existing job (like some evening classes or something)?

Heena Agrawal 27th May, 2021

yes... you can do job during diploma in mass communication.

yes you can join online classes it will help you.

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I have completed my graduation (b.a.) in private mode along with my polytechnic 3 years diploma. Am I eligible for mass communication from IIMC and consider a career growth in journalism? pls suggest

Aditi amrendra Student Expert 26th May, 2021
Hello,


The eligibility criteria for admission in Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) is that a candidate should have completed aBachelors degree from a recognized university in any stream.The admission in based on entrance exam. The course they offer is postgraduate course and since you have no background yet in journalism will make it very hard for you to establish a career initially but with hardwork you can surely make a good career in this field.

I hope this helps.
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I have completed polytechnic diploma in regular mode and b.a. in private mode together. Can I apply for mass communication?

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 30th May, 2021

hi,

see as per ugc norms one candidate may study one of the regular course and one distance education course simultaneously. however to admission in m.a in mass communication the eligibility criteria is candidates must complete bachelors degree in mass communication or relevant stream from a recognized education board. so there should not be obstacles for admission in post graduate. however go through the official brochure of the college before applying to any course.

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