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Master of Science in Journalism

The final step to complete your Master of Science in Journalism degree is to fill out and submit a series of forms. Fill out and submit these forms in the following order. Forms 1 through 4 described below are attached. An example of an abstract (No. 5) is also attached.

As a student enrolled in Journalism 850 (Edwards Campus students only), you are completing a group or an individual project. Whether you are completing a group or an individual project, you must complete all of the following steps and submit each of the following forms.

*Turn in the forms described in 2 through 5 above at the same time, and in this order. The acceptance page should be the second page of the document, and should be the first numbered page.

The final step in this process is to e-file your project.

How to E-file your project:

  • Instructions for Converting Your Project/Thesis to PDF: PDF preserves the layout and formatting of your original document (including fonts, and special characters, like formulas) while allowing anyone with the free Adobe Reader software to access your content. PDF also makes it easier to maintain archived documents, helping ensure that those documents can continue to be read years from now, despite changes in software used to create them.

Acrobat software is available in several public computing labs on the KU campus. On the KUMC campus the software is available in Dykes Library Room 1040. Please call 8.7166 to reserve the room. Acrobat is also available for sale through retail outlets.

To create a PDF using Acrobat 7:

  • Open your project/thesis file in the application in which you created it (Word, WordPerfect, etc.)
  • Click the File menu, choose Print, and select ADOBE PDF as the printer. (If Adobe PDF is not on the list of available printers reinstall Acrobat 7.)
  • In the Print dialog box, click Properties, click the Adobe PDF Settings tab, and choose Standard as the Default Settings, then click OK.
  • Click OK in the Print dialog box. When prompted, type in the file name and choose where the PDF will be saved, and click Save.

Visual tutorial of Acrobat 7.

More detailed instructions on using Acrobat 7 to create PDFs.

For assistance in creating PDFs, contact Instructional Services (864-0410 or training@ku.edu).

  1. Publication Requirement: Instructions for Submitting your Project/Thesis: 
Before qualifying for a master’s degree, you must arrange for publication of your project/thesis through UMI Dissertation Publishing on or before the date specified by the Graduate School or the Office of Graduate Studies on the KUMC campus. All projects/theses must be submitted electronically through the ProQuest/UMI web site. Before logging in, you should know or have available:
    • The finished project/thesis in PDF form including the title and acceptance pages without signatures
    • Abstract of no more than 150 words. The abstract should explain the problem with which the project/thesis deals, the methods used in the investigations and the results obtained and conclusions reached.
    • Title of project/thesis
    • Year degree awardedYear manuscript completed
    • Type of degree
    • Department
    • Name of adviser
  1. Publication Permission Letter (pdf):Edwards Campus students must file their project individually, even if they were part of a group project. To complete the e-filing, students must write an additional letter giving UMI permission to publish a work with multiple authors. The publication permission letter can be accessed here. Use the instructions above to create a PDF for this letter. Attach the permission letter as a separate PDF supplementary file when e-filing your project/thesis . In the Description area, you should type “Publishing Permissions – DO NOT PUBLISH."

Your school’s graduate division representative will review submitted projects/projects/theses for format and completeness. You will be notified by e-mail when your project/thesis has been accepted for submission to ProQuest/UMI. 


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