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A Two-Year MA Model

This area is intended for professionally prepared students who plan to write a thesis. The expected prerequisites for enrollment in this option are two years of professional media experience. Should a student pursuing this option later decide to pursue a professional project rather than a thesis, the six hours of electives in the master’s program must be used to prepare appropriately for the project. This model is intended primarily for students who intend to pursue a doctorate.

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 courses:

  • JOURN 8026 Philosophy of Journalism (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 8080 Media Ethics (3 Credits)

News Media and Society Core: 12 Credits

  • JOURN 8028 Literature of Journalism (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 8030 History of Mass Media (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 8038 Seminar in Communication Law (3 Credits)

One of the following courses:

  • JOURN 8046 Controls of Information (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 8056 Theory of Mass Communication (3 Credits)

Electives: 6 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: 37 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.