Master of Arts in Journalism


The master's degree in journalism is a 36-credit hour program. You will pursue two required tracks: emerging media technologies and literary journalism.  

Emerging Media (15 credit hours)

  • JOUR 603 Introduction to Visual Reporting: This course focuses on data visualization and information graphics reporting for print and online media.
  • JOUR 611 Digital Media Boot Camp: You will learn to apply basic reporting and storytelling techniques through the use of video, audio, and design software programs.
  • JOUR 623 Visual Storytelling: This course explores the theoretical and practical aspects of journalistic information gathering and storytelling.
  • JOUR 643 Emerging Technologies: This project-oriented course is a collaborative interdisciplinary effort to research, design, develop, and study interactive content for emerging technologies.
  • JOUR 655 Social + Cross-Media Storytelling: You will focus on building a complex narrative with many voices gathered and presented across multiple media forms.

Literary Journalism (12 credit hours)

  • JOUR 601 Studies in Journalism and Communication Theory: You will explore the nature and purposes of graduate scholarly inquiry, major journalism traditions and literature, and communications theories and their applications to the study of journalism and mass communications.
  • JOUR 613 Seminar in Literary Journalism: This course is an introduction to long-form journalistic storytelling through an intensive, critical study of the genre’s history, theories, topical issues, and techniques of 20th- and 21st-century authors of narrative nonfiction.
  • JOUR 614 Writing Literary Journalism: This advanced narrative nonfiction writing workshop  emphasizes specialized journalistic research, including saturation and immersion reporting, and exposition, description, characterization, and dramatization.
  • JOUR 615 Reporting and Research Methods: This course introduces to in-depth reporting and research methods with emphasis on both traditional scholarly approaches (quantitative and qualitative) and the application of social science techniques to the journalistic production of news.

Electives (6 credit hours)

You may take two elective courses from areas such as journalism graphics, news management, digital media instruction, or other disciplines.

Capstone Project (3 credit hours)

During your second year of graduate study, you will begin work on a capstone creative project or thesis developed in concert with a faculty advisor. You may do a practicum or an internship to add a professional, immersive experience to your credentials.

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