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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