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A Five-Year BJ/MA Model

Today’s best reporters use sophisticated techniques to gather information. Often, this involves tapping into government and non-government databases and analyzing¬† information on computers. This model allows students to build an area of specialization in this important field by receiving a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in five years. Students in this program work directly with faculty involved in managing Investigative Reporters and Editors and the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting. IRE, based at the School, is the nation’s leading support organization for investigative reporters. NICAR, a joint venture of IRE and the School, trains working reporters in the same techniques students learn.


  • JOURN 7430 Computer-Assisted Reporting (3 Credits) Highly recommended.
  • JOURN 7460 Advanced Reporting (3 Credits)

Program Core: 6 Credits

  • JOURN 8000 Mass Media Seminar (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 8006 Quantitative Research Methods (3 Credits) or
    JOURN 8008 Qualitative Research Methods (3 Credits)

CAR Reporting Core: 8 Credits

  • JOURN 7050 Communications Practice (2 Credits: 1 Credit Each Semester)
  • JOURN 7436 Investigative Reporting (3 Credits) Highly recommended.

Students must choose one of the following:

  • JOURN 7410 Intermediate Writing (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 7416 Science, Health and Environmental Writing (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 7438 Business Journalism and Economics Reporting (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 7986 Advanced Writing (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 8046 Controls of Information (3 Credits)

Outside Electives: 6 Credits

Two of the following or adviser-approved substitutes:

  • ECONOM 7315 Public Economics (3 Credits)
  • ECONOM 7316 State and Local Finance (3 Credits)
  • ECONOM 7322 Economics, Regulation and Antitrust (3 Credits)
  • ECONOM 7325 International Monetary System (3 Credits)
  • ECONOM 7326 Economics of International Trade (3 Credits)
  • ECONOM 7329 Banking System and the Money Market (3 Credits)
  • SOCIOL 7315 Social Demography (3 Credits)
  • SOCIOL 7335 Social Change and Trends (3 Credits)
  • SOCIOL 7510 Social Movements and Conflicts (3 Credits)

Capstone: 10 Credits

Professional Project

  • JOURN 8098 MA Project Seminar (1 Credit) and
    JOURN 8190 Area Problem in Journalism (9 Credits)


  • JOURN 8100 MA Thesis Seminar (1 Credit) and
    JOURN 8090 Research in Journalism (9 Credits)

Total Suggested for Graduation: 30 Credits

Note: The university requires at least half of a graduate student’s coursework to be in 8000-level (or greater) courses. 4000-level (and below) courses do not carry graduate credit. Some courses will not be offered every semester. Plan accordingly by checking with your graduate adviser and the registrar’s schedule of courses for current course availability.