Journalism and Digital Storytelling (MA)
Offered by the School of Communication, this weekend MA program is designed for working professionals whose schedules make Saturday classes an excellent alternative to full-time study. This innovative master's program offers intensive instruction in multiplatform reporting with a focus on cutting-edge online storytelling skills using data and data visualizations, audio, video and photography. This focus on storytelling through the written word and new technology allows the student, much like the industry, adaptability and flexibility in today's ever-changing media marketplace.
Admission to the Program
In addition to meeting the minimum university requirements for graduate study, official transcripts, two letters of recommendation, and a 1,000-word essay on the applicant's commitment to pursuing graduate study in the program are submitted with the application.
International students whose first language is not English should take the TOEFL or IELTS examination to demonstrate proficiency in English.
Some students may be required to take COMM-050 Boot Camp for Journalists (0) at the start of the program after a skills assessment from the program director.
- 30 credit hours of approved graduate work
- Capstone Experience: COMM-720 Capstone Seminar in Journalism (3)
- Minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA maintained during all work toward degree
Core (9 credit hours)
- COMM-601 Communication Law (3) (with grade of B or better)
- COMM-622 Writing and Editing for Convergent Media (3)
- COMM-652 Web Studio (3)
Other Required (18 credit hours)
- COMM-618 Data-Driven Journalism (3)
- COMM-620 Topics in Mass Media (1-3) (approved topic)
- COMM-625 Innovation and the Media Industry (3)
- COMM-632 Backpack Video Journalism (3)
- COMM-717 Photography and Visual Storytelling (3)
- COMM-719 The Past, Present, and Future of Longform Storytelling (3)
Capstone (3 credit hours)
- COMM-720 Capstone Seminar in Journalism (3) (with grade of B or better)