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A Two-Year MA Model

The international model provides education and training in international communication theory and relevant professional skills.

Program Core: 9 Credits

  • JOURN 0900 News Practicum (3 Credits) This course does not count toward the degree.
  • JOURN 8000 Mass Media Seminar (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 8006 Quantitative Research Methods in Journalism (3 Credits) or
    JOURN 8008 Qualitative Research Methods (3 Credits)

One of the following four courses:

  • JOURN 8026 Philosophy of Journalism (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 8030 History of Mass Media (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 8038 Seminar in Communication Law (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 8080 Media Ethics (3 Credits)

International Core: 6 Credits

Two of the following five courses:

  • JOURN 7650 International Issues Reporting (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 7656 International News Media Systems (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 7658 International Journalism (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 7660 Media Forces Shaping the European Union (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 9018 Media and Politics (3 Credits)

Area of Specialization: 9 Credits

Choose one of the following tracks:

  • International Correspondence
    One or more of these courses may be waived by the faculty chair and graduate dean, based on previous journalism degree or professional experience.
    • Broadcast
      • JOURN 7300 Broadcast News I (3 Credits)
      • JOURN 7306 Broadcast News II (3 Credits)
      • JOURN 7308 Broadcast News III (3 Credits)


    • Editorial
      • JOURN 7406 Newspaper Editing (3 Credits)
      • JOURN 7450 Newspaper Reporting (3 Credits)
      • JOURN 7984 Magazine Staff (3 Credits)
        May substitute one advanced reporting or editing course (3 Credits) or nine equivalent hours specified by the magazine or photojournalism faculty chairs with approval of the faculty adviser and graduate dean.
  • International Theory
    Open only to those with professional journalism experience or a journalism degree. Three of the following four courses:
    • JOURN 8046 Controls of Information (3 Credits)
    • JOURN 8056 Theory of Mass Communication (3 Credits)
    • JOURN 8086 Critical Analysis of the Mass Media (3 Credits)
    • JOURN 8076 Issues and Theories in International Communication (3 Credits)
      May substitute one graduate-level theory or research course (3 Credits) with approval of the faculty adviser and graduate dean.

Electives: 6 Credits

Suggested credits, in foreign language, social science or other courses pre-approved by the faculty adviser and graduate dean.

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: 40 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.