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Journalism (MA) 
Program Description

At the University of Arizona, an interest in journalism can take you as far as you can dream. The School of Journalism offers master's degrees for students wishing to become working journalists in the United States or abroad—our professional option—as well as for those interested in studying the impact of the media on social, political, economic and cultural decisions and events around the world—the international studies option.

The school’s programs are designed for students who have a journalism background as well as those who have no previous journalism experience. Full-time students can complete the curriculum in two years. Part-time students are welcome. Excellent undergraduate students can earn an M.A. degree in one extra year through our Accelerated Master's Program.

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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 of Social & Behavioral Sciences  
Campus where offered
Main Campus - Tucson  
Admissions Contact
Deborah Keller Cross
Graduate Program Coordinator
Deborah Keller Cross
Director of Graduate Studies
Margaret E Zanger
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Guadalupe Estrella
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 your recommenders.

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 the Graduate Coordinator Debbie Cross in the School of Journalism via email at

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

**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

Completion Requirements

Degree Requirements

Minimum credits: 33
Core coursework: Students must complete a minimum of 33 units to graduate. The curriculum consists of four required courses as well as skills courses that will prepare you for a career at a news organization, and a thesis or final project, plus a choice of four elective courses. One of the electives must be a professional skills class. The others allow students to specialize in their choice of an area of interest. Courses can be drawn from journalism or, with permission, from other disciplines. 

Required Courses (up to 15 units)
JOUR 508 Journalism Theory and Practice
JOUR 509 International and US Media Law
JOUR 589 Research Methods
JOUR 909 Project or JOUR 910 Thesis (up to 6 units)

Skills courses (9 units)
JOUR 506 Introductory and Advanced Reporting
JOUR 507 Reporting with Multimedia
JOUR 590F or 590C (School Media - select one)

Electives (12 units)
One elective (3 units) must be drawn from the following list of professional skills courses:
JOUR 505 Media Apprenticeship
JOUR 555 Environmental Journalism
JOUR 584 Mobile News Apps
JOUR 524 Magazine Photography
JOUR 511 Feature Writing
JOUR 522 Publication Design
JOUR 547 Government Secrecy
JOUR 572 Science Journalism
JOUR 580 Advanced Multimedia
JOUR 597B Advanced Photojournalism
Total: 33 units

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


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Last revised 05 Sep 2017