The Journalism M.A. program is designed to prepare students for professional participation in a number of digital and multimedia news environments, including television, online, mobile, magazine, and newspaper. Coursework stresses journalistic values, critical thinking, and storytelling, combined with the digital and technical skills to create content in the context of today’s dynamic and evolving media landscape. In consultation with faculty advisors, students are strongly encouraged to develop areas of special interest, and are required to complete an individually produced, in-depth Qualifying Project.

Journalism M.A. students must complete a minimum of 36 credit hours at the graduate level with the approval of the Chair of the Department of Journalism and Media Management or Director of the Graduate Program in Journalism. Of the 36 credit hours, all must be at or above the 600 level.. Students with strong prior experience in a particular area may request a written waiver of a required course from the department chair, upon the demonstration of sufficient expertise in that subject. The program begins in the fall semester with a mandatory bootcamp one week before classes begin and the program typically lasts 18 months, unless the student is attending on a part-time basis. Prior training or experience in journalism is preferred, but not required or necessary. As journalism evolves, the core and list of electives will evolve as well.

Curriculum Requirements

Required Communication and Journalism Core Courses
COM 605Theories and Methods for Mass Communication Research3
JMM 614Law and Ethics in Journalism and Media Management3
JMM 615Writing and Reporting Across Platforms3
JMM 619Interactive Storytelling3
JMM 622Infographics And Data Visualization3
JMM 628Seminar in Visual Storytelling3
JMM 631Database Journalism3
or JMM 640 Web Design
Electives12
Electives are chosen with the approval of a faculty advisor. These courses may come from either within or outside the School of Communication. It is highly recommended that students consider pursuing a professional internship for one of these electives.
Select five of the following:
Comparative Media Systems
Television News Reporting
Reporting and the Internet
Sports Reporting
Television News Producing
Programming for Interactivity
Social Media
The Business Of Modern Journalism
Web Design
Advanced Audio Video Narratives
Feature Writing
Travel Writing
Magazine Planning
Sports and the Media
3D Design and Graphics
Special Topics in Journalism
Advanced Projects and Directed Research
Journalism Internship
Collaborative Innovation Laboratory
Intro to Creative Coding
Managing Interactive Media Projects
Motion Graphics And Compositing
360 Immersive Storytelling
Sound Design
Final Qualifying Project
Students, in consultation with a faculty committee of their choosing, will complete a final reporting project that reflects in-depth knowlegde and analysis of a subject and professional competence in reporting and presenting it for the appropriate medium.
JMM 815Multimedia Project1-6
Total Credit Hours36