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Journalism (MA) - Science & Environmental Journalism 
Program Description

Science and Environmental Journalism

Genetically modified foods … climate change … vaccines … stem cell research … evolution. Americans persistently misunderstand, misrepresent or disregard the science behind these hot-button issues and others. Courses in the Science and Environmental Journalism specialty introduce students to the professional, legal and ethical factors that affect journalists as they cover science and the environment. Students write stories, shoot photographs and produce infographics that illuminate the wonders and complexities of science and environmental discoveries, issues and the people behind them. The School of Journalism provides many opportunities for students through extensive faculty experience, a wide range of experts at the University of Arizona and study abroad in Costa Rica. Students develop skills and knowledge that will set them apart from their peers.

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 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 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

The Science and Environmental Journalism specialty requires 9 credit hours. Students must take at least three of the courses listed below:

  • JOUR 555 Environmental Journalism (also offered in Costa Rica in summer)
  • JOUR 565 Issues in Covering Science and the Environment
  • JOUR 572 Science Journalism
  • JOUR 593 Internship specializing in science or environmental journalism
  • One science class outside of the UA School 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


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Last revised 05 Sep 2017