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A Two-Year MA Model

This model is for students with no prior broadcast experience. Students enrolled in this model have the opportunity to gain the skills they need to earn a position in a radio newsroom. These models will provide the practical and intellectual skills needed to advance in your field by thinking creatively and critically about your role and the profession.

Program Core: 9 Credits

  • 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)

Broadcast News Core: 12 Credits

  • JOURN 7300 Broadcast News I (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 7306 Broadcast News II (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 7308 Broadcast News III (3 Credits)

Plus one of the following:

  • JOURN 7320 Advanced Broadcast Reporting (3 Credits)*
    *Broadcast III and Advanced Broadcast Reporting would be completed at KBIA, the University’s National Public Radio station.
  • JOURN 7974 Advanced Internet Applications for Radio/TV News (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 7976 Seminar in Radio-TV News (3 Credits)

Electives: 9 Credits

Suggested Journalism Courses

  • JOURN 7436 Investigative Reporting (3 Credits) Highly recommended.
  • JOURN 7430 Computer-Assisted Reporting (3 Credits) Highly recommended.
  • JOURN 7718 Law and the Courts (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 7650 International Issues Reporting (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 7310 News Producing (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 8046 Controls of Information (3 Credits)
  • An advanced convergence course.

Suggested Interdisciplinary Courses

  • PUB AF 8430 Public Policy Analysis (3 Credits)
  • COMMUN 7618 Television Program Analysis and Criticism (3 Credits)
  • Advanced political science (POL SC) courses on:
    • American Government
    • U.S. Court Systems
    • U.S. Legislative Systems
    • Television Criticism

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.