Journalism Master’s Program

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Master’s Degree in Journalism

Journalists play a crucial role in a democracy: They provide vital information the public needs to make informed decisions, hold leaders accountable, advocate for social change, and explain our changing world. In our Journalism Master’s program, you’ll explore innovative approaches to engaging audiences and telling compelling stories that impact your community and serve the public good.

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Master’s Degree in Journalism

Journalists play a crucial role in a democracy: They provide vital information the public needs to make informed decisions, hold leaders accountable, advocate for social change, and explain our changing world. In our Journalism Master’s program, you’ll explore innovative approaches to engaging audiences and telling compelling stories that impact your community and serve the public good.

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Become a Professional Storyteller with a Journalism Graduate Degree

In our full-time, one-year graduate program in Eugene, you’ll master the fundamentals of journalism, including story research and development, investigative journalism, fact-finding, writing, broadcasting, and multimedia production. You’ll also gain a solid foundation in journalism ethics and skills while learning emerging approaches to the craft, such as solutions and engagement journalism, from award-winning faculty members. Then you’ll apply the skills you learn in the classroom to actual field reporting. Along the way, you’ll become part of a network of professionals dedicated to uncovering the truth and sharing it with their communities.

 

10
Students in 2022 Cohort
70%
Students from Outside Oregon
12-15
Months to degree

 

What You Can Do with a Journalism Master’s Degree

You’ll learn how to tell stories that inform the public and inspire change—skills in high demand at media outlets, nonprofits, and businesses across today’s competitive economy. Our graduates apply what they learn to a variety of fields and disciplines, from science, environmental, and health writing to sports broadcasting and immersive media. Graduates from our recent cohorts have landed internships or jobs at NPR, High Country News, Oregon Public Broadcasting, Newsday, and the East Oregonian.

Apply Now

Applications are open now! The deadline to apply for the 2023 cohort is March 15, 2023. Scholarship applicants should consider applying by January 1 to ensure an admission decision before the February 15 UO scholarship deadline.

Questions? Reach out to us at sojcmasters@uoregon.edu.

Jackie Gutierrez works on a laptop
Scoring Goals in Sports Journalism

Jackie Gutierrez ’21 grew up playing soccer. But when her health forced her to give up the game, her passion turned to writing about soccer. In 2019, she founded the sports journalism website Women Kick Balls, and for her 2021 culminating project for the Journalism Master’s program, she explored the experiences of fellow female sports journalists in a male-dominated industry.

Learn about Jackie’s Work

Jackie Gutierrez works on a laptop
Scoring Goals in Sports Journalism

Jackie Gutierrez ’21 grew up playing soccer. But when her health forced her to give up the game, her passion turned to writing about soccer. In 2019, she founded the sports journalism website Women Kick Balls, and for her 2021 culminating project for the Journalism Master’s program, she explored the experiences of fellow female sports journalists in a male-dominated industry.

Learn about Jackie’s Work

Jeff Dean

What Our Alumni Say

I took part in the Media in Ghana internship program with senior associate dean for academic affairs and professor H. Leslie Steeves…. That program opened my eyes to the world around me. Taking part in these programs while at the UO is the most crucial step for anyone in their journalism career.
Jeff Dean ’18, freelance photojournalist for Agency France Passe, Reuters, Getty Images, USA Today and Associated Press

Read about Jeff's Career

Jeff Dean
What Our Alumni Say
I took part in the Media in Ghana internship program with senior associate dean for academic affairs and professor H. Leslie Steeves…. That program opened my eyes to the world around me. Taking part in these programs while at the UO is the most crucial step for anyone in their journalism career.
Jeff Dean ’18, freelance photojournalist for Agency France Passe, Reuters, Getty Images, USA Today and Associated Press

Read about Jeff's Career

Yordanos Tesfazion poses with a laptop in front of the Allen Hall sign on the University of Oregon campus
Healing Through Journalism

Yordanos Tesfazion didn’t have journalism experience before she started in the SOJC’s Journalism Master’s program in 2020. What she did have was a desire to amplify marginalized voices and contribute to public discourse. For her terminal project, she created the podcast Diaspora Rejects, where she hosted healing conversations on overcoming generational trauma and cultural barriers.

After graduation, Yordanos participated in NPR’s Next Generation Radio digital journalism and audio training project and secured an internship with NPR’s Code Switch and Throughline podcasts. Yordanos says the skills, feedback, and connections she gained while completing her terminal project helped her jump-start her career in multimedia journalism.

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Specialize in Science Journalism

Public understanding of science- and tech-related matters determines the laws we pass, the behaviors we adopt, and the causes we champion. But research shows that scientists and citizens often see the same issues through different lenses, especially when it comes to polarizing topics. Journalists can become change agents by spurring public understanding and action. Work with program advisors and the SOJC’s Center for Science Communication Research (SCR) to get specialized training in science and tech communication.

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Where Science Meets Storytelling 

Visual storyteller Miranda Daviduk ’18 examines intersections of science, gender equality, and the environment. Her multimedia terminal project, “Growing from the STEM,” explores how women and minorities at the University of Oregon are working to bring more diversity to science, technology, engineering, and math. “Diverse viewpoints lead to diverse ideas and solutions,” she writes. “The hope is that one day kids will draw a different kind of scientist: one that looks just like them.”

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Brent Walth
Meet Brent Walth
Journalism Assistant Professor, Pulitzer Prize Winner
Co-Director, Catalyst Journalism Program and Co-Coordinator, Charles Snowden Program for Excellence in Journalism

Brent Walth ’84 has come full circle. The son of teachers, Walth is an assistant professor at his alma mater. With over 30 years of experience as a reporter and editor—including sharing a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service—Walth now teaches investigative reporting to budding journalists.

“I always felt like journalism was a form of teaching. You immerse yourself and attempt to become an expert in the thing you're trying to communicate,” Walth said. “Then you have to figure out a way to explain it, break it down, and communicate it in a way that encourages people to see the world differently. Not any particular way, but just in a new, enhanced way.”

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Study in the Beautiful Pacific Northwest

Named for renowned journalist Eric W. Allen, who founded the SOJC over 100 years ago, Allen Hall sits at the heart of the verdant University of Oregon campus. During your studies in Eugene, you’ll enjoy expert guidance, hands-on experience with the latest technology, and opportunities for collaboration.

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Your Investment

The numbers below represent estimated tuition for a typical student in our Journalism Master’s program. For a customized estimate, use the UO graduate costs calculator. These amounts are subject to change at the university’s discretion.

$24,500
Oregon Residents
$37,000
Nonresident and International

The Journalism Master’s program is eligible for federal financial aid and the G.I. Bill.