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Explore M.S. in Journalism


33-credit M.S. in Journalism

Tell stories that help us understand the world, engage with others respectfully, and improve society.

Develop targeted, meaningful stories for digital platforms that are based in solutions journalism.

Admission Requirements

  • 3.0 GPA
  • Bachelor's degree
  • TOEFL scores required for international applicants
  • GRE scores optional

Application Materials

  • CV or Resume
  • Transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
  • 500-word personal statement
  • 2 academic/professional writing samples or 1 academic/professional and 1 creative work
  • 3 letters of recommendation


March 1
Early decision for fall enrollment
International student application deadline

April 15
Domestic students extended application deadline


Earn your degree on campus 

Our approach to journalism emphasizes community engagement

Designed for professional or aspiring journalists, you'll build storytelling skills to highlight real, growing and overlooked needs in communities and society.

Explore Degree Requirements

In classes, you will learn to:

  • Engage and integrate authentic voices from every corner of the community
  • Understand media law and uphold journalistic ethics, integrity and a commitment to transparency
  • Examine data and use it to tell a story accurately and dynamically
  • Question your own biases and recognize how your experiences shape how you see and interact with individuals and communities

A limited number of courses are available online.


Required Courses

(18 credits)

Basic Reporting & Writing for Journalism (JRN 510)

Multimedia Journalism (JRN 520)

Solutions Journalism (JRN 521)

Communication Law & Ethics (COM 577) - online

Principles of Inclusive Engagement (COM 583) - online

Master's Project in Journalism (JRN 600)

Sample Electives

(15 credits)

The Big Story (JRN 530)

Independent Study (JRN 587)

Graduate Internship (JRN 588)

Special Topics in Journalism (JRN 590)

Storytelling & Narrative Design (JRN 603)

International Journalism (JRN 613)

Data-Driven Storytelling (JRN 615)