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Degree Requirements

Degree Requirements

Course Requirements

The Master of Arts in Journalism requires 12 courses (48-credit hours) — three core courses, a minimum of six elective courses in Journalism, and a maximum of three outside electives.

Core Courses

Students are required to take all of the following:

Course Title Quarter Hours
JOUR 501THE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY OF JOURNALISM4
JOUR 502NEWS NOW: JOURNALISM IN THE INFORMATION AGE4
JOUR 503REPORTING FOR CONVERGED NEWSROOMS4

Journalism Electives 

Course Title Quarter Hours
Select a minimum of six courses from the following list: 124
JOUR 504
MULTIMEDIA NEWS PRODUCTION (formerly Backpack Reporting)
JOUR 505
TELEVISION NEWS REPORTING
JOUR 506
NEWSCAST PRODUCING
JOUR 507
VISUAL COMMUNICATION
JOUR 509
JOURNALISM LAW AND ETHICS
JOUR 510
SPORTS REPORTING
JOUR 511
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT REPORTING
JOUR 512
BUSINESS WRITING AND REPORTING
JOUR 513
POLITICAL REPORTING
JOUR 514
OPINION AND COLUMN WRITING
JOUR 515
SPECIAL TOPICS IN JOURNALISM
JOUR 517
EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING IN JOURNALISM
JOUR 518
WRITING AND REPORTING
JOUR 519
INTERNATIONAL REPORTING
JOUR 520
DATA JOURNALISM
JOUR 521
SPORTS PRODUCING
JOUR 522
MULTI-PLATFORM NEWS EDITING
JOUR 523
ONLINE SPORTS REPORTING
JOUR 524
WRITING FOR THE DEPAULIA
JOUR 525
URBAN AFFAIRS REPORTING
JOUR 526
POLITICAL COMMUNICATION
JOUR 527
LIFESTYLE REPORTING
JOUR 528
REPORTING FOR GOOD DAY DEPAUL
JOUR 529
ONLINE NEWS BUREAU
JOUR 530
RADIO NEWS
JOUR 531
JOURNALISM BY NUMBERS
JOUR 532
THE PRESS AND THE PRESIDENCY
JOUR 533
JOURNALISM & FREEDOM OF INFORMATION
JOUR 534
TOPICS IN PHOTOJOURNALISM
JOUR 535
RADIO DEPAUL
JOUR 536
SPORTS BLOGGING
JOUR 537
FROM FRANKLIN TO THE INTERNET: A HISTORY OF AMERICAN JOURNALISM
JOUR 538
MASS COMMUNICATION IN THE DIGITAL AGE
JOUR 539
CURRENT ISSUES IN THE JOURNALISM INDUSTRY
JOUR 540
THE INTERNET, TECHNOLOGY, AND POLITICS
JOUR 541
MASS MEDIA & AMERICAN POLITICS
JOUR 542
SOCIAL MEDIA AND THE NEWS
JOUR 543
LONG FORM REPORTING
JOUR 544
ENTREPRENEURIAL JOURNALISM
JOUR 548
ADVANCED GRADUATE REPORTING FOR GOOD DAY DePAUL
JOUR 551
ADVANCED REPORTING I
JOUR 552
ADVANCED REPORTING II
JOUR 587
SOUND AND VISION
JOUR 588
REPORTING FOR 14 EAST MAGAZINE
JOUR 590
JOURNALISM WORKSHOP
JOUR 594
HOW TO USE FOIA
JOUR 595
COPYRIGHT & TRADEMARK LAW
JOUR 598
JOURNALISM STUDY AWAY/ABROAD
ACT 500
VOICE AND DICTION:FOR BROADCAST AND COMMUNICATION
CMN 591
INTERNSHIP
CMN 592
INDEPENDENT STUDY
CMN 593
RESEARCH PRACTICUM
CMN 598
STUDY ABROAD

Outside Electives

With approval from the graduate program director, students can take up to three relevant elective courses from other Communication graduate programs, or relevant graduate elective courses from outside of Communication. Examples of courses students have taken previously are:

Course Title Quarter Hours
CMNS 545
COMMUNICATION AND TECHNOLOGY
CMNS 552
RELATIONSHIPS AND INFLUENCE IN THE WORKPLACE
CMNS 563
MULTICULTURAL MEDIA REPRESENTATIONS
MCS 530
NEW MEDIA AND CULTURE
MCS 541
AUDIO DOCUMENTARY
PRAD 535
PUBLIC RELATIONS IN HEALTH CARE
PRAD 562
MEDIA RELATIONS
PRAD 575
COMMUNICATION ETHICS AND LAW

Optional Latino Media & Communication Concentration

The graduate concentration in Latino Media & Communication is comprised of at least three graduate courses drawn from the areas of advertising, journalism, media and cinema studies, multicultural communication, organizational communication and public relations. Graduate students in any of the College of Communication Master of Arts programs can elect to complete the Latino Media & Communication concentration. Students may need to use outside electives to complete this concentration.

Students who complete the concentration will:

  • Develop an understanding of the heterogeneous and rapidly changing Latino communities locally, nationally and globally
  • Ground their knowledge of intercultural studies within a more extensive and concrete knowledge of a particular (even though diverse), rapidly growing, and increasingly important population within the U.S.
  • Increase their cross-cultural competence (understanding and ability to dialogue across difference, develop cultural sensitivity and awareness) with Latino communities
  • Enhance their capacity to communicate with and learn from Latino populations in the workplace, in community situations and other sites of engagement
  • Recognize the impact of the movement of Latinos across the globe and develop the skills to critically consume and produce media, public relations and advertisement representations that communicate to and about Latino communities
  • Develop field-specific knowledge of Latino media and communication along with an understanding of how Latino studies shapes other fields of communication

Courses

Students are required to take three courses (12 credits) from the following list:

Course Title Quarter Hours
CMNS 509
SPECIAL TOPICS IN MULTICULTURAL COMMUNICATION 1
CMNS 542
MULTICULTURAL COMMUNICATION IN THE WORKPLACE
JOUR 515
SPECIAL TOPICS IN JOURNALISM 1
MCS 521
TOPICS IN CINEMA STUDIES 1
MCS 533
LATIN AMERICAN CINEMA/MEDIA
PRAD 511
CONSUMER INSIGHTS
PRAD 512
ENGAGING LATINX COMMUNITIES
PRAD 514
CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN PUBLIC RELATIONS AND ADVERTISING 1
PRAD 595
SPECIAL TOPICS IN PUBLIC RELATIONS & ADVERTISING 1
CMN 591
INTERNSHIP 1
CMN 598
STUDY ABROAD 1

Grade Requirements

All students are required to maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.000 in their coursework. If a student's cumulative GPA falls below 3.000, the student will be allowed to complete an additional 16 credits or 3 quarters (whichever comes first) to attain the 3.000 minimum GPA. If the cumulative GPA remains below a 3.000 at the conclusion of this time period, the student may be dismissed from the program. The student's cumulative and term GPAs along with overall academic performance will be factored into the dismissal decision.

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Concentrations

The Journalism MA program offers four concentrations:

Data Journalism
Multimedia Journalism
Reporting Metro Chicago
Sports Journalism

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