Master of Arts in Journalism

The Master of Arts in journalism is designed for an emerging class of professionals who work at the intersection of journalism, strategic communication and social media.

Program at a glance

Application deadline: Feb. 1 (early admission), March 15 (all others)
Admissions cycle: Fall
Assistantship types of available: Teaching, Research
Graduate director: Kari Barber

Why choose this master's in journalism?

As the media landscaped has changed, demand for new skills -- particularly those in the digital realm -- has risen sharply in journalism. The University's master's in journalism prepares professional journalists to advance their careers with these emerging skills.

This is a three-semester intensive graduate program for students who have a Bachelor of Arts in journalism or similar degree, along with professional experience, and want to hone their skills to become next-generation media communicators. The curriculum is designed to ensure that students:

  • Gain a deep understanding of how journalism is changing
  • Master a range of interactive new media tools
  • Practice user-centered design principles to develop new ways of doing journalism
  • Become proficient at social media and participatory communication
  • Gain valuable experience in thinking entrepreneurially about networked communication

Graduates of this program may go on to posts such as:

  • Social media manager
  • Entrepreneurial journalist
  • Content strategist
  • Content curator
  • Multimedia journalist
  • Public relations professional

The Reynolds School of Journalism has produced six Pulitzer Prize winners and its students continue to win national competitions in fields including print journalism, photojournalism and advertising. Today, the School hosts about 450 undergraduate majors and minors and 20 master's degree students.

View the Journalism graduate program handbook.

How do I apply?

Prospective students should apply through the University Graduate School. For admission to the journalism master's program, the Graduate School must receive with the application:

  1. An official transcript from all post-secondary institutions attended
  2. Scores on the TOEFL exam (international students only)
  3. Recent GRE scores
  4. Letter of intent explaining why the student wants to pursue graduate work in this program, what the student hopes to gain from participating, the assets the student brings to the program and how the student plans to use the degree after graduation
  5. Three letters of recommendation, including one from a recent employer
  6. Professional work samples, if available, which may include published articles or photographs or other examples of professional experience

Early applicants to the program will be screened by February 1. Those recommended for acceptance will be given first priority in the awarding of graduate assistantships. All applications are due for acceptance in the program and consideration for the remaining graduate assistantships by March 15. After March 15, applications will continue to be accepted for the fall until the program is full. However graduate assistantships will be available only in limited circumstances.

The graduate admissions committee evaluates all candidates based on their success in undergraduate studies, professional accomplishments, statement of intent, letters of reference and potential for contributing to a well-balanced cohort.

The program also accepts a limited number of Graduate Special students in the fall semester and, under rare circumstances, in the spring semester in preparation for fall admittance. Graduate specials are students who have completed an undergraduate degree but have not been accepted into the graduate program. They can take classes and transfer up to nine credits of graduate work to a graduate degree. Graduate Special students are not eligible for financial aid, including student loans. To find out more about this option, contact the graduate director.

Is funding available?

This program provides graduate assistantships on a competitive basis. Historically, those who apply by the March 15 deadline and are accepted into the program have been awarded a 15-hour teaching or research assistantship. This assistantship allows the students to earn $1,000 per month, have out-of-state tuition fees waived and receive reduced per-credit charges. More information on program costs and funding is available on the Reynolds School of Journalism site.

What's next?

You can apply now if you are ready to begin at the University or complete the form on this page if you would like to connect with a faculty member.

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