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Program/Degree
Journalism (MA) - Digital Journalism 
Program Description

Changes in digital journalism technologies and communication tools have presented journalists and news organizations with a variety of challenges and opportunities. Demands on today’s journalists require advanced storytelling skills that include expertise in visual story gathering and production, the incorporation of social media, data mining, and app and web design to compete in a modern media environment. To meet these complex challenges, the School of Journalism provides students with the opportunity to advance their digital storytelling skills through courses in advanced multimedia and photojournalism, mobile app development, media entrepreneurship, digital communications law and data mining. Our study abroad program in Italy provides students with an opportunity to advance their visual storytelling skills in an international setting.

 
Department/Academic Unit(s)

School of Journalism -

The School of Journalism's mission is to prepare students to face the complex challenges confronting journalists in the 21st century. In the school's computer laboratories and seminar rooms, students work on stories that appear in real-world news media, and study the political, economic, legal and ethical issues that journalists face in the global information age.

 
College
College of Social & Behavioral Sciences  
Campus where offered
Main Campus - Tucson  
Contacts
Admissions Contact
Deborah Keller Cross
520-621-9616
Graduate Program Coordinator
Deborah Keller Cross
520-621-9616
Director of Graduate Studies
Carol B Schwalbe
520-621-7556
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Christina M Inocencio
520-621-3484
 
Tuition and Fees
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Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements

Thank you for your interest in the University of Arizona School of Journalism. Your application will be considered once you have submitted all required documentation. Paper applications will no longer be accepted; please submit all materials via this online application.

Through the Graduate Admissions Application you will have the ability to upload various requirements for consideration by the admission committee. For this application you will be asked to upload the following:

1. Statement of Purpose (one to two pages) explaining how this program will help you achieve your goals.

2. Résumé/Curriculum Vitae

3. Unofficial Transcripts

4. The names and contact information of those who will be submitting Letters of Recommendation on your behalf.

5. Two to three journalistic writing samples in print, audiovisual or online format that exemplify your best work; reasearch papers are also acceptable if you don't have journalistic samples.

6. GRE is not required.

If you have specific questions, please contact Graduate Coordinator Debbie Cross in the School of Journalism via email at debbiecross@email.arizona.edu

Once your application has been submitted, you may check the status of your application at any time by logging in to this account and opening this application. You will be notified via email as soon as a decision has been reached.

Information regarding the School of Journalism, our faculty and the courses we offer can be found at http://journalism.arizona.edu/


**Please note that incomplete files will not be reviewed.**

 
Standardized Tests

Required English-proficiency test (choose one):
Minimum TOEFL: 100
Minimum IELTS: 7

GRE: Optional (not required)

 

 
Financial Aid

Graduate Tuition Scholarships
Graduate Access Fellowships

 
Admissions Deadlines

Domestic Applicants

  • Fall: Rolling admission, but preferably by Feb. 15
  • Spring: Rolling admission, but preferably by Sept. 1

International Applicants

  • Fall: Rolling admission, but preferably by Feb. 15
  • Spring: Rolling admission, but preferably by Aug. 1
 
International Conditional Admission
International applicants may be considered for conditional admission to this program at the department's discretion.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832
ETS Major Field Code(s) for this program: 4503

Degree Specifics

Degree Requirements

The Digital Journalism specialty requires 9 credit hours. You must take at least three of the courses listed below:
 

  • JOUR 520               Digital Communication Law
  • JOUR 528               Entrepreneurial Journalism
  • JOUR 533               Digging with Data
  • JOUR 580               Advanced Multimedia
  • JOUR 584               Mobile App Development
  • JOUR 593               Internship specializing in digital storytelling
  • JOUR 597B            Advanced Photojournalism in Italy
  • One digital storytelling course outside of Journalism

Language requirements: A high level of fluency in written and spoken English is required. In addition to acceptable TOEFL or IELTS scores (see above), international applicants who do not speak English as their first language may be interviewed via Skype or Facetime before being considered for acceptance. Pending high enough scores in the TOEFL or IELTS, candidates can elect "conditional" acceptance. That means they would precede their journalism classes by enrolling in the Center for English as a Second Language or a similar program for as long as it takes to meet an acceptable level of English proficiency.

Other requirements: None

 
Minor Requirements

Ph.D. Minor in Journalism Studies
This program allows doctoral students in other programs to increase their understanding of journalism practices and/or skills either in the United States or globally. The minor comprises 9 units, including JOUR 508 (Journalism Theory and Practice) and 6 elective units from other 500-level courses in the School of Journalism for which students have the prerequisites. Comprehensive exams, both written and oral, must include the minor. If a program chooses to offer the minor, then it needs to be sure that the student has a comprehensive knowledge of that field. A minor is more than a couple of classes; it needs to be integrated with the student's major and evaluated in a comprehensive way. Sometimes students want to add a minor late or change minors. That is acceptable, but some arrangement needs to be made to ensure that there is a comprehensive written and oral examination over the minor field. The oral comp committee requires a fourth person because it must cover the minor. The final defense requires only three people because it does not require participation of the minor.

 
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Last revised 10 Jul 2017