Most master’s students find that one of the curricular programs — two-year or BJ/MA, depending on your program — meets their needs. These programs were developed by the faculty with thoughtful consideration of curricular effectiveness and industry requirements. Alterations to the program you are following must be done in consultation with your academic adviser.

Although 37 credits are required for graduation, some of the programs suggest additional credits. These are not requirements, but suggestions.

Two-Year MA Program

Students have classroom and experiential learning opportunities in the following areas: 

  • Advertising and Public Relations
  • Broadcast Radio and Podcasting
  • Broadcast TV News
  • Business Journalism
  • Copywriting
  • Design
  • Documentary Journalism
  • Editing
  • Journalism and Strategic Communication Research
  • Political and Government Reporting
  • Investigative and Data Journalism
  • Magazine Writing and Editing
  • News Reporting
  • Novak Strategic Communication Leadership
  • Photojournalism
  • Science, Health and Environmental Reporting
  • Sports and Entertainment Promotion
  • Sports Journalism
  • Strategic Communication Visual Storytelling
  • Visual Editing and Management

BJ/MA Program

The BJ/MA curricular options are intended to build on the solid foundation students developed in their undergraduate studies at the school.

Journalism-Law Programs

Today’s media often provides the public with an unrestricted view of legal proceedings. The graduate journalism-law options available will prepare you for specialty careers in media and law.

Master of Arts Journalism/Master of Public Health Dual Degree

The MPH/MA Journalism dual degree program combines health promotion and policy with strategic communication in the Missouri School of Journalism. Graduates are well-positioned to find employment in risk communications and public health information in the public or private sector.


Graduate students may pursue a number of graduate certificates at the University of Missouri.

For additional information on classes and degree requirements, please contact the Journalism Graduate Studies office at 573-882-4852.