Master of Journalism Classes

The Master of Journalism program is designed for students who want to work in today’s ever-evolving media environment. The program’s academic and professional course work emphasizes a multimedia and multiplatform approach that’s grounded in solid editing, ethics, law, reporting and writing.

The 11-month, 30-credit program is designed as a cohort experience encouraging students to work together and learn from one another as well as Master of Journalism faculty, local journalists and other innovators. This process begins with an intensive three-week preparatory course and ends with a capstone experience.  

Plus One Option

Select students may pursue both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Journalism in five years through the Four Plus One Program. This program allows students with bachelor’s degrees outside Journalism to combine your undergraduate academic interests with our Journalism program, which will prepare you for a variety of careers, like academic, designer, editor, reporter, writer and any number of other positions in the media. Learn more about our accelerated degree offerings.

Sample Courses

Intro to Urban Journalism (3 credits): This “boot camp” introduces students to the common principles and formats of journalistic reporting, providing a basic understanding of what is news. It also prepares students for the technology they will be using during the rest of the program.

Urban Reporting Lab 1 (6 credits): This is a coached, multimedia news production class in which students cover urban issues, publishing their work on the lab’s news site and developing areas of individual expertise. This work is continued in Urban Reporting Lab 2.

Journalism Concepts (3 credits): In this class, students gain an understanding of the conceptual, institutional, economic, cultural and other factors that shape modern journalism. They also discuss what issues underlie reporting in the city and analyze how news organizations report on society.


Editing the News (3 credits): This course makes students experts in AP style and the geographical and systemic knowledge journalists need.

Urban Reporting Lab 2 (6 credits): This is a coached, multimedia news production class in which students work collaboratively in covering urban issues, publishing their work on the lab’s news site and elsewhere as opportunities allow. In this second shared reporting experience, students will work together to focus on a single urban problem. This course is a continuation of JRN 5302, Urban Reporting Lab 1.

Journalism and the Public Interest (3 credits): This class covers media law, journalistic ethics and other aspects of the journalist’s responsibility to society.

Elective (at least 3 credits)

Graduation Requirements

To graduate from the master’s program, you’ll need to take a total of 30 credits while maintaining a 3.0 or higher overall GPA, and all course work must completed within five years after your admission to the program. The Master of Journalism program culminates with a capstone experience in which students do their own independent reporting and editing projects with the goal of producing a journalistic masterwork.