The master’s degree in Bilingual Journalism is a cutting-edge program that offers professional and academic training for students who want to report about and/or for Latinx communities in the United States and abroad. It is one of the only fully bilingual programs in the country. Graduates will acquire a robust set of skills in both Spanish and English that will translate into a significant competitive edge in the workplace. Students must be fluent in English and Spanish or English and Portuguese. Innovation and new models of storytelling in the digital age also set this master’s degree apart from other programs. Students will explore entrepreneurial models of journalism, such as crowd-funding and nonprofit or donor-based hyperlocal and translocal projects. In addition, students will practice innovative ways of reporting and disseminating news for non-legacy media by incorporating the conversational style of the internet, social media, community engagement and advanced understanding of their audiences. This program is offered by the School of Journalism in collaboration with the Center of Latin American Studies, the Department of Mexican American Studies and the Department of Spanish & Portuguese. It is designed for students who have a journalism background as well as those who have no previous journalism experience. Part-time students are welcome.
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.
In addition, see the Academic Plan information about our master's degree in Bilingual Journalism and our Studies of Global Media online master's program.
College of Social & Behavioral Sciences
University of Arizona - Main - Tucson
Arizona Online - Online
To be admitted you must have:
Note: journalism experience is not required.
Application requirements are:
Statement of Purpose
Your statement of purpose should describe your goals and objectives for wanting to pursue this graduate degree. Explain why you believe that you are a good fit for the program and how your interests match with those available through the program.
The School of Journalism requires each applicant to have a minimum of three recommenders provide answers to our online questions on their behalf. These questions are instead of a letter of recommendation and should be answered by faculty members or employers who can speak about (1) your academic and/or research ability or your work and/or internship experience and (2) your potential for graduate studies. Should you or the recommender have questions about this process, please email email@example.com at the School of Journalism.
Upload a current resumé or curriculum vitae (CV) as part of the online application in the ‘Supplemental Questions’ section.
Upload unofficial transcripts from ALL higher education institutions attended as part of the online application. Minimum GPA for last 60 hours of undergraduate work is 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
Provide two or three journalistic, business or academic writing samples that demonstrate your command of the English language and your ability to organize your thoughts coherently. Journalistic samples, if you have them, can be hard news, features or sports in print, broadcast, or online formats. Business and academic samples can take any form – an essay, term paper, class assignment, correspondence, or promotional piece.
English Language Proficiency
GRE scores are optional. You can upload your unofficial GRE scores as part of the online application. You must also submit official scores on the GRE through ETS using institution code 4832.
To be updated
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Required Core Coursework (15 units):
All courses are 3 units
BJP 510 Latinx and News Media in the United States
BJP 511 Global Latinx Diasphoric Transnationalism and News Media
BJP 512 Covering Latinx Affairs I: Bilingual Multimedia Reporting Audio Production (taught in Spanish)
BJP 513 Covering Latinx Affairs II: Bilingual Multimedia Reporting Video Production (taught in Spanish)
JOUR 909 Project or JOUR 593 Bilingual Internship
Electives (18 units required)
All courses are 3 units. Choose electives in Journalism, Latin American Studies, Mexican American Studies and Spanish & Portuguese.
Recommended Journalism Electives
JOUR 505 Media Apprenticeship
JOUR 506 Introductory and Advanced Reporting
JOUR 507 Reporting with Multimedia
JOUR 573 Reporting in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands
JOUR 593 Internship
Some Latin American Studies Department Electives (there are many possibilities--discuss with the DGS)
LAS 500 Introduction to Latin American Studies
LAS 505 Sabores de Mexico: From Farm to Table
LAS 505A Colony to Nation to the 21st Century: Politics and Culture in Chilean History
LAS 518 Southwest Land and Society
LAS 542 Natural Resources and the Law in the Spanish Borderlands of North America
Some Mexican American Studies Department Electives (there are many possibilities--discuss with the DGS)
MAS 505: Traditional Indian Medicine: Health, Healing and Well Being
MAS 508: The Mexican-American: A Cultural Perspective
MAS 509: Mexican Immigration
MAS 510: Socio-Cultural Determinants of Health
MAS 525: Latino Health Disparities
Some Spanish and Portuguese Department Electives (there are many possibilities--discuss with the DGS)
SPAN 501 Introduction to Hispanic Studies
SPAN 565D History of Spain: Contemporary
SPAN 574 Language in the Mexican American Experience
SPAN 574 Heritage Language Research
SPAN 585 Introduction to Translation Studies
Additional courses can be approved by the Director of Graduate Studies.
Students must be fluent in English and Spanish or English and Portuguese. They must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution (U.S. or abroad).
Please refer to the Graduate Student Handbook for students who are pursuing this program of study.