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Master of Science in Journalism

* Note: Individual courses may have additional prerequisites.

Professional Track
Mass Communications (37 hrs)
PRE 710 (& 711) Statistics (4)
JOUR 801 Res I: Theory (Fall) (3)
JOUR 802 Res II: Methods (3)
JOUR 803 Survey of Mass Media & Pop Cult. (3)
JOUR 818 Social Responsibility in Modern Media: Law and Ethics (3)
JOUR 822 Database Development & Management (3)
JOUR 8XX 21st Century Digital Media (3)

Specialization (12 hrs)
JOUR Specialization (3)
JOUR Specialization (3)
JOUR/Outside Specialization (3)
JOUR/Outside Specialization (3)

Project/Thesis (3 hrs)
JOUR 898 Project (3) or
JOUR 899 Thesis (3)
• Indicates a prerequisite
Academic Track
Core Courses (15)
JOUR 750 Leadership/Finance (3)
JOUR 818 Social Responsibility in Modern Media: Law and Ethics (3)
JOUR 801 Res I: Theory (Fall) (3)
JOUR 802 Res II: Methods (3)
JOUR 803 Survey of Mass Media & Pop Cult. (3)

Advanced Courses (12)
JOUR 840 Seminar (3)
JOUR 840 Seminar (3)
Elective (3)
Elective (3)

Concentration (7)
JOUR 805 or JOUR 806 Advanced Methods (3)
PRE 710 (&711) Statistics (4)

Thesis (3)
JOUR 899 Thesis (3)

Graduate Degree Requirements (All Courses of Study):

All Journalism master’s candidates must complete a minimum of 36 graduate credit hours in Marketing Communications (MarComm) and 37 graduate credit hours in Mass Communications with at least a B (3.0) average. In addition, students must complete Core Course requirements, Professional Course/Specialization requirements and Advanced Course requirements.

Core Course Requirements: The core graduate courses help student develop research and critical thinking skills.

Specialization Requirements:  The specialization graduate courses provides professional application for analytical skills. The student must take at least two specialization courses within the School of Journalism; up to two specialization courses may be outside the School. The current specialization areas are Sports Media, Business Management, Health/Science Communication, and MS/Juris Doctor

Advanced Course Requirements: A Mass Communications student must complete a project or a thesis. The student must present a proposal outlining the professionally based project or thesis and signed by both the student and advisor prior to enrolling.A Mass Communications student must complete a thesis. Two seminars on topics of current research or professional practice help students explore and learn to present research findings.

Enrollment Requirements after Completing Course Requirements: A student must enroll for at least 1 hour of credit in the semester in which he or she graduates. The student must complete 3 hours of JOUR 898 (Project) or JOUR 899 (Thesis).

Enrollment in Elective Courses Outside the School: Up to 6 credit hours of course work may be completed outside the School, with the approval of the graduate director or graduate committee. Students who wish to take a course or courses outside the School must have permission from both the instructor of the course and from the School. The student should submit a written proposal to the Graduate Director and should indicate how the course contributes to her/his master’s program.

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