Program Requirements

General Program Requirements:
Number of Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 36

Required Courses:

Core Courses
JRN 5001Crit Perspectives Journ3
JRN 5002Reporting and Writing I4
JRN 5003Editing the News I4
JRN 5005Communication Law3
JRN 5012Reporting and Writing II3
JRN 5013Editing the News II3
Electives 116
Total Credit Hours36

Up to 12 elective credits may be taken outside the Lew Klein College of Media and Communication. Courses are selected by students in consultation with their academic advisor.

Culminating Events:
Comprehensive Exam:
The purpose of the comprehensive examination is to demonstrate competence in three areas of study in the Master of Journalism program. Students request three major professors to submit three separate questions for the exam. Students must take Communication History or Communication Law as one area of the exam, but may choose two other areas from subjects studied. Students have a week to complete the examination, which is taken during or after the last term of coursework.

Graduate Faculty in the Master of Journalism program participate based on the student's choice and that of the M.J. Program Director. Graduate Faculty members who write the questions also evaluate the answers. The examination is evaluated by two faculty members, each voting to pass or fail the student. If the members are not in agreement, a third faculty member reads and evaluates the examination and determines the outcome. The student must answer every question on the examination in order to be evaluated. Students must successfully pass all questions on the exam in order to qualify as satisfactorily completing the requirement. Comprehensive examinations are administered at various times during the year.