Master of Science in Journalism and Law Joint Degree


Program Overview

The William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications and the KU School of Law offer a joint MSJ and JD degree program that combines 3.5 years of full-time study for the Master of Science (M.S.) in Journalism and the Juris Doctor (J.D.). The joint degree program in journalism and law is designed to offer students academic grounding in both disciplines to prepare them for the professional practice of journalism, law or a combination of media law.

Mass Communications (37 hours) and Joint Degree in Journalism in Law

Foundation Core Courses (16 hours)

JMC 801 Media and Communication Theory (3)
JMC 802 Media Communication Methods (3)
JMC 803 Research in Action (3)
JMC 804 Qualitative Research or JMC 805 Quantitative Research (3)
EPSY 710/711 Intro to Statistics (4)

Advanced Courses (12 hours)

JMC 840 Seminar (3)
JMC 840 Seminar (3)
JMC 851 Professional Skills I or Elective (3)
Elective (3)
Elective (3)
Elective (3)
(Other JMC 500+ level courses)

Thesis (3 hours)

JMC 899 Thesis (3)

Marketing Communications (30 hours)

Marketing or media-related experience

2 years

Core Courses (12 hours)

JMC 820 Marketing Fundamentals (Fall) (3) or JMC 840 Marketing Fundamentals II (3)
JMC 828 Financial Fundamentals (3) or JMC 840 Financial Fundamentals II
JMC 829 Marketing Communications Research (Spring) (3)
JMC 850 Capstone Course in Marketing Communications (3)

Professional Courses (18 hours)

Students must complete 18 hours of Professional Courses of their choice in the following areas:

JMC 819 Writing for Marketing Communications (3)
JMC 821 Integrated Marketing Communications & Sales Strategies (3)
JMC 822 Database Development and Management (3)
JMC 823 Branding in Marketing Communications (3)
JMC 824 Creative Process (3)
JMC 825 Relationship Marketing (3)
JMC 826 Innovation in the Management of Marketing Communications (3)
JMC 827 Marketing Ethics (3)
JMC 831 Technology in Marketing Communications (3)
JMC 832 Leadership and Management in Marketing Communications (3)
JMC 834 International and Multi-cultural Marketing Communications (3)
JMC 840 Seminar in: ___ (3) May be taken twice on different topics


MS/JD Requirements

Graduate Degree Requirements: To receive the M.S./J.D., a student must complete a minimum of 108 credit hours. Of these, at least, 81 credit hours must be from courses offered by the School of Law and 28 must be from the master’s program in journalism.

Students in the joint degree program should note that while the School of Law requires a 2.0 grade point average in J.D. coursework to remain in good standing and for graduation, the master’s degree in Journalism follows the Graduate School regulation requiring a 3.0 cumulative grade point average for coursework that is counted toward the M.S. portion of the joint degree.

In planning their enrollments, students should inform themselves of course prerequisites and plan their course schedules accordingly. Please refer to the J-School and Law School websites for the most current information about admission and graduation requirements: Journalism and Law.  

Mass Communications (37 hours) and Joint Degree in Journalism in Law

Foundation Core Courses (16 hours)

The core graduate courses help student develop research and critical thinking skills.

Either JMC 804 Qualitative Research OR JMC 805 Quantitative Research may be taken. All other courses are required.

Courses

Advanced Courses (12 hours)

A Mass Communications student must complete a project/thesis. Two seminars on topics of current research or professional practice help students explore and learn to present research findings.

JMC 851: Professional Skills I (3) OR Elective (3) may be taken. Three (3) additional electives of other J500+ level courses must be taken in addition to the courses below.

Courses

Thesis (3 hours)

Courses


Marketing Communications (30 hours)

Marketing or Media-Related Experience

Two (2) years

Core Courses (12 hours)

JMC 820: Marketing Fundamentals (Fall) (3) or JMC 840: Marketing Fundamentals II (3) or JMC 828: Financial Fundamentals (3) or JMC 840: Financial Fundamentals II may be taken to satisfy degree requirements in addition to the required courses listed above.

Courses

Professional Courses (18 hours)

Students must complete 18 hours of Professional Courses of their choice in the following areas:

Courses

JMC 840 may be taken twice on different topics.

Enrollment Requirements after Completing Course Requirements

A student must enroll for at least 3 hours of credit in the semester in which he or she graduates. The student must complete 3 hours of JMC 899 (Thesis/Project).

Enrollment in Elective Courses Outside the School

Up to 6 credit hours of coursework 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 their master’s program.


Learn more about the MS/JD admission process