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A Five-Year BJ/MA Model

A five-year design model make sense for some students because they discover their interest in design late in their undergraduate work. Because of the prerequisite courses, news-editorial designers usually do not take JOURN 4500 Advanced Newspaper Editing and Design until their senior year. If they discover they have the aptitude and the interest at this time, the additional fifth year helps them prepare for a design specialty.


  • JOURN 7406 Newspaper Editing (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 7450 Newspaper Reporting (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 7500 Advanced Newspaper Editing and Design (3 Credits)

Program Core: 9 Credits

  • JOURN 8000 Mass Media Seminar (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 8006 Quantitative Research Methods (3 Credits) or
    JOURN 8008 Qualitative Research Methods (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 8080 Media Ethics (3 Credits) or another adviser-approved 8000-level course.

Design Core: 8 Credits

  • JOURN 7050 Communications Practice (2 Credits: 1 Credit Each Semester)
  • JOURN 7506 Magazine Design (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 7508 Information Graphics (3 Credits)

Electives: 3 Credits

One of the following or adviser-approved substitutes:

  • JOURN 7556 Fundamentals of Photojournalism (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 7972 Photo and Visual Editing (3 Credits)

Capstone Level: 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.