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Master's Program FAQ

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Frequently asked questions about our master's program:

Must I have a bachelor's degree in journalism to enter the master's program?
It is not required for you to have a degree in journalism or another related communications field to be admitted to our program. In fact, our professional track is perfectly suited to recent graduates or mid-career professionals without a journalism degree or background. Students without a journalism background will take two intensive journalism workshop courses during the summer school semester prior to beginning the master's program, which have been designed to bring students up to speed prior to the beginning of graduate coursework.

What is the length of the master's program?
Our master's program is designed to take one calendar year to complete, not including the 6-week workshop courses, if required. The fall and spring semesters are spent taking coursework, and the summer semester is spent working on the internship/project, professional project, or thesis.

What is the difference between the professional track and the research track?
The professional track is designed to provide students who have little or no journalism background with advanced education in journalism issues and with training in journalism skills across the media. The capstone experience in the professional track focuses on an internship plus project or professional project, which can be tailored to be directly applicable to the student's future career aspirations. The professional track also requires a competency exam.

The research track, which can also work for students with little or no journalism background, is designed primarily for students who may be planning to work on a doctoral degree in mass communication. The track requires an additional research methods course and the completion of a thesis.

Can I enter the program and start my coursework in the spring semester?
No. Our program is designed to begin in the fall semester. The admissions committee reviews applications, selects, and notifies the candidates chosen for admission during the spring semester. If a candidate accepts, he or she will begin classes either with the intensive workshop offered during the second summer session or in the fall.