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Master of Science in Journalism

Foundation Core Courses (16 hours)
JOUR 801: Media Communication Theories (3)
JOUR 802: Media Communications Methods (3)
JOUR 803: Research in Action (3)
JOUR 804: Qualitative Research (3) or 805  Quantitative Research (3)
EPSY710/711: Introd to Statistics (4)

Advanced Courses (18 hours)
JOUR 840: Seminar (3)
JOUR 840: Seminar (3)
JOUR 851: Professional Skills I or Elective (3)
Elective (3)
Elective (3)
Elective (3)

Thesis/Project (3) 
JOUR 899: Thesis (3)

* Note: Individual courses may have additional prerequisites. See all courses and descriptions.

Graduate Degree Requirements (All Courses of Study): All Journalism master’s candidates must complete a minimum of 37 graduate credit hours in Mass Communications with at least a B (3.0) average. In addition, students must complete Core Course requirements, Professional Course/Specialization requirements and Advanced Course requirements.

Core Course Requirements: The core graduate courses help student develop research and critical thinking skills.

Advanced Course Requirements: A Mass Communications student must complete a thesis. The student must present a proposal outlining the thesis and signed by both the student and advisor prior to enrolling. Two seminars on topics of current research help students explore and learn to present research findings.

Enrollment Requirements after Completing Course Requirements: A student must enroll for at least 1 hour of credit in the semester in which he or she graduates. The student must complete 3 hours of JOUR 899 (Thesis).

Enrollment in Elective Courses Outside the School: Up to 9 credit hours of course work may be completed outside the School, with the approval of the graduate director or graduate committee. Students who wish to take a course or courses outside the School must have permission from both the instructor of the course and from the School. The student should submit a written proposal to the Graduate Director and should indicate how the course contributes to her/his master’s program.


Graduate Admission Questions?

Admission questions may be directed to our graduate academic advisor, Jammie Johnson (785-864-7649), or our associate dean of graduate studies, Tien Lee (785-864-7626).

Also refer to the Graduate Handbook.

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