Curriculum

Studies toward the Master of Science in Journalism require 36 units of prescribed courses and approved electives in the student's field of study. No more than 12 units of 400-level course work may be applied toward the Master of Science in Journalism.

Students who earn a GPA of below 3.0 will be placed on academic probation and must improve according to established terms if they are to remain in the school. In the case of courses offered on Credit/No Credit (CR/NC) basis, faculty review of competence will be substituted for grades.

Residence

Students in the Master of Science in Journalism can complete the program in eleven months by enrolling in the seven-week summer immersion course and enrolling in 16 units in the fall and spring semesters. The School of Journalism will accept only 4 units of approved transferred graduate credit.

Foreign Language/Research Tool Requirements

There is no foreign language or research tool requirement for the master's degree, but fluency in the English language is needed for success in the program.

Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation (GSP)

Journalism students are required to complete an online tutorial about Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation (GSP) and pass the GSP test before the end of the spring semester. Students who fail to complete the GSP tutorial and pass the test within the stated time frame will not be allowed to progress in the program and will be dismissed from the School of Journalism.

Note: Students with disabilities may register with the Disability Services and Programs office (DSP) so the DSP staff can assess the nature of the students' disabilities and recommend the appropriate accommodations to be provided for each student.

Capstone Project

MS in Journalism students must enroll in JOUR 598 (4 units) in order to graduate. Completed projects are judged by a committee appointed by the director of the School of Journalism and degrees are conferred based on the committee's review.

Course Requirements (36 units)

  • JOUR 505 The Practice: Journalism's Evolution as a Profession (1 units)
  • JOUR 510 Special Assignment Reporting (2 units)
  • JOUR 528 Summer Digital Journalism Immersion (3 units)
  • JOUR 531L Fall Digital Journalism Immersion (3 units)
  • JOUR 539 Introduction to Investigative Reporting (2 units)
  • JOUR 546 News, Numbers and Introduction to Data Journalism (2 units)
  • JOUR 547 Navigating the Media Marketplace (1 units)
  • JOUR 553 Coding and Programming for Storytelling (2 units)
  • JOUR 560 Seminar in Mass Communication Law (2 units)
  • JOUR 598 Journalism Capstone Project (4 units)

Plus 14 approved elective units (400-level courses and above).

Emphases

Students interested in specific journalistic platforms are encouraged to select an emphasis and complete the recommended courses for that emphasis:

Long-Form Video

  • JOUR 521 Documentary Pre-Production (2 units)
  • JOUR 522 Video Documentary Production (4 units)
  • JOUR 575 Converged Media Center (2, 4 units)

News Video

  • JOUR 517 Advanced Investigative Reporting (4 units)
  • JOUR 524 Advanced Broadcast Reporting (4 units)
  • JOUR 552 Television Reporting and Production (2 units)
  • JOUR 575 Converged Media Center (2, 4 units)

Audio

  • JOUR 495 Journalism for Mobile and Emerging Platforms (2 units)
  • JOUR 523 Public Radio Reporting (2 units)
  • JOUR 525 Public Radio Documentary (4 units)
  • JOUR 575 Converged Media Center (2, 4 units)

Text

  • JOUR 517 Advanced Investigative Reporting (4 units)
  • JOUR 519 Advanced Writing and Reporting for Magazine and the Web (4 units)
  • JOUR 575 Converged Media Center (2, 4 units)
  • JOUR 577 Monetization and the New Media (3 units)
  • JOUR 585 Specialized Reporting: Religion (4 units)
  • JOUR 586 Specialized Reporting: Science (3 units)
  • JOUR 596 Follow the Money: Business and Economics (3 units)

Digital

  • JOUR 489 Hands-on Disruption: Experimenting with Emerging Technology (2 units)
  • JOUR 494 Python Coding for Data Journalism (2 units)
  • JOUR 495 Journalism for Mobile and Emerging Platforms (2 units)
  • JOUR 496 Interactive Media Design for Publishing (4 units)
  • JOUR 497 Data Visualization and Interactive Tools (2 units)
  • JOUR 533 Web Journalism and Editorial Site Management (2 units)
  • JOUR 555 Advanced Coding for Creative Storytelling (4 units)
  • JOUR 561 Fundamentals of Data Journalism Reporting (2 units)
  • JOUR 575 Converged Media Center (2, 4 units)