Program Requirements

Students are expected to enter the program with a firm grasp of written and spoken English.

The MA degree in Journalism requires the completion of 44 credit hours, including a 4-credit culminating course or 4 credit hours for the master’s project or master’s thesis.

Core Requirements*

JR 602 Critical Perspectives
JR 607 Reporting and Writing
JR 609 Visual Storytelling and Reporting
JR 612 Advanced Reporting
JR 637 Editing and Web Producing

*Students with an undergraduate degree in Journalism may be eligible to waive JR 607/Reporting and Writing if the degree was earned within the last five years with a GPA of 3.0 in the major or better. Students who believe they are eligible for this waiver should discuss it with the graduate program director.

Prescribed Electives (12 credits)

Students select from the following areas :


JR 620 Online Multimedia
JR 623 Data Visualization


JR 626 Global Journalism
JR 628 Law and Public Policy for Journalists


JR635 Long-Form Multimedia Storytelling

Students select two additional courses from the Journalism offerings including JR 690 Internship 2-4 credits.Free Electives

JR 690 Internship

Capstone or Thesis

JR 688 Capstone
JR 699 Master's Thesis

*Prerequisite for JR 699/Master's Thesis is JR697 DS: Journalism Theories (Summer) and HC603/Research Methods (Fall), with grades of B+ or higher.