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(No Prior Broadcast Experience)

Students enrolled in this model have the opportunity to gain the skills they need to earn a position in a television or radio newsroom. Depending on your previous work background, you can choose from models that are for novices or experienced broadcast journalists. 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.

Note: Some courses will not be offered every semester. Plan accordingly by checking with your graduate adviser and the Registrar’s Schedule of Courses Online for current course availability.

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: 18 Credits

  • JOURN 7300 Broadcast News I (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 7306 Broadcast News II (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 7308 Broadcast News III (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 7310 News Producing (3 Credits)

Plus two of the following:

  • PUB AF 8620 Organizational Analysis and Change (3 Credits)
  • MANGMT 7030 Organizational Behavior (3 Credits)
  • MANGMT 7380 Organizational Behavior and Management (3 Credits)

Electives: 3 Credits

Suggested Journalism Courses

  • JOURN 7974 Advanced Internet Applications for Radio/TV News (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 7976 Seminar in Radio-TV News (3 Credits)
  • An advanced convergence course.

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. Please plan accordingly; check with your graduate adviser.