Graduate Degree - Journalism - Master of Arts

Program:
Journalism - Master of Arts
Program Code:
1404 Journalism
Program Level:
Graduate
Award Type:
Master of Arts
Start Term:
FQ68
College:
College of Communication Arts and Sciences
Department:
School of Journalism
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College of Communication Arts and Sciences

School of Journalism

Graduate Study
Journalism - Master of Arts

The Master of Arts degree program provides students with the exciting opportunity to acquire lifelong skills and knowledge as critical thinkers, excellent writers, and visual communicators in preparation for journalism careers in new media technologies and traditional mass media anywhere in the world. It provides flexibility to adapt to the needs of individuals for advanced study or for those without prior media experience or journalism education. It also encourages students to gain expertise in an area of study outside journalism that coincides with their future goals.

The program appeals to applicants who seek employment in related areas of innovative journalism including mobile or online media, radio and TV news, documentaries, newspapers, magazines, photojournalism and other visual communication, media management, public relations, and journalism for domestic or international markets. It serves applicants who seek fundamental, advanced and specialized courses in journalism and related fields, who wish to pursue doctoral study, who are professional journalists planning to advance in the industry, and those who will seek opportunities in fields such as environmental journalism and teaching.

The Master of Arts Degree program in Journalism is available under either Plan A (with thesis), usually for those who plan a career in research or to pursue doctoral study, or Plan B (without thesis), usually for those who seek a professional career in journalism or a related area. Students work closely with an academic advisor to successfully complete a program plan for this master’s degree.

In addition to the requirements of the University and of the College of Communication Arts and Sciences, students must meet the requirements specified below.

Admission

In addition to meeting the established standards required for admission to graduate study in the college, applicants for admission are asked to provide the Journalism Graduate Committee with the following:

  1. An official transcript of all undergraduate and graduate work.
  2. Three letters of recommendation from persons who are familiar with the applicant's academic and professional work.
  3. Scores on the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  4. A 750–word autobiography.
  5. A 1000–word statement of goals for the master's degree.

Requirements for the Master of Arts Degree in Journalism

               
A minimum of 30 credits is required for the master’s degree in journalism under either Plan A or Plan B.
Requirements for Plan A (with thesis)  
1. All of the following courses (13 to 15 credits):  
  COM 803 Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods

3

  JRN 815 Media, Society and Theory

3

  JRN 825 Journalism History and Qualitative Methods 3
  JRN 899 Master’s Thesis Research

4 to 6

2. Complete 15 to 17 additional credits of elective course work approved by a program plan committee which may include a 9 credit concentration in: Environmental, Science, and Health Journalism; Scholastic Journalism; or International Journalism.  
               
Requirements for Plan B (without thesis)  
1. All of the following courses (12 credits): 3
  JRN 800 Multiple Media Reporting I 3
  JRN 801 Multiple Media Reporting II 3
  JRN 815 Media, Society and Theory 3
  JRN 816 Applied Research Methods in Journalism

3

  Journalism 800 may be waived for students with appropriate background.  
2. One of the following courses (3 credits):
 
  JRN 808 Journalism Education Visual Topics 3
  JRN 821 Social Media News and Information 3
  JRN 873 Environment, Science and Health Journalism Seminars 3
  JRN 875 Global Affairs Reporting 3
3. One of the following courses (3 credits):
 
  JRN 493 Journalism Professional Field Experience 3
  JRN 896 Journalism Professional Project 3
4. Complete 12 additional credits of elective course work approved by a program plan committee which may include a 9 credit concentration in: Environmental, Science, and Health Journalism; Scholastic Journalism; or International Journalism.  
               
Optional Concentrations        
The following concentrations will fulfill elective requirements in either Plan A or Plan B.  
Environmental, Science and Health Journalism  
All of the following courses (9 credits):  
JRN 872 Environment, Science and Health Reporting Topics 3
JRN 873 Environment, Science and Health Journalism Seminars 3
Any advisor approved environmental, science, health or risk course.  
Journalism Education          
All of the following courses (9 credits):  
JRN 808 Journalism Education Visual Topics 3
JRN 809 Journalism Education Advising Topics 3
Any advisor approved education course.  
International Journalism        
Select 9 credits from the following:    
JRN 475 International News and Government Regional Dynamics 3
JRN 875 Global Affairs Reporting 3
JRN 887 Journalism Study Abroad Topics 6
Any advisor approved international course.