Degree requirements

Our intensive, 18-month program develops the journalist of the future to practice quality journalism, use diverse tools and adapt and apply this knowledge in new ways and environments.

The degree requires completing 30 credits of graduate credit. Students may select the thesis or the non-thesis option. With the thesis option, students enroll in a 6-credit thesis course; with the non-thesis option, students enroll in a 3-credit professional project or research paper course and also sign up for a 3-credit summer internship course. The program features seven specific graduate courses and an additional four electives. Most of our required courses are scheduled late in the day (4-7 p.m.) to make the program manageable for students with full-time employment.

Our cohort-based program is built on a collaborative model that includes theoretical structure as well as practical training. The four electives are organized within three different tracks of study:

  • Strategic communications
  • News innovation
  • Media studies

Program timeline

Suggested courses

Contact our grad program director

Ben Birkinbine

Benjamin Birkinbine

Phone: (775) 784-4155
Email: bbirkinbine@unr.edu