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Program Requirements

The program is designed both for persons with extensive journalistic experience, and for those who do not have such experience but who demonstrate superior writing and research ability on par with the peer group.

Because students' backgrounds vary, the number of credits required for the Master of Journalism degree will be determined in consultation with the Director. The number of credits will never be less than 36, and must include courses from each of the five core areas:

  • Journalism Practice
  • Media Studies
  • Directed Studies
  • Research and Writing
  • Academic Studies Outside Journalism

The number of credits may, but not necessarily, include either an academic thesis (JRNL 549) or a journalistic project (JRNL 548).

At least 9 credits must be in academic studies outside Journalism, with a maximum of 3 credits only at the undergraduate level in courses numbered between 300 to 499. At least 27 credits must be in the other four core areas and the thesis or final research project. The majority of M.J. candidates will usually complete 42 credits for the degree. Coursework and an approved number of credits for the degree must be determined in consultation with the Director.

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