Journalism Master’s Program Degree Requirements

During this one-year, 46-credit program, you’ll get a foundation in professional journalistic skills and the theory behind them. Consult the UO Class Schedule to find out when these courses are offered and register. To see what order most students take the courses, see the Sample Schedules page.

Summer Preparatory Experience—All Students Complete

Your program starts with two summer courses to get you up to speed on the basics of storytelling and journalistic standards. 

J508Reporting and Information Strategies4
J508Visual Studies in Journalism4

Core Courses—All Students Complete

In fall, winter, and spring, you’ll dive deep into more advanced skill building and undertake a capstone project or internship where you’ll put what you’ve learned into action.

J611Mass Communication and Society4
J561News Editing4
J562Reporting II4
J563Story Development4
J563Advanced Story Development4
J510Media Entrepreneurship 4

Terminal Project or Internship—All Students Complete

You’ll work with your faculty advisor to complete your program capstone. There are two ways to meet this requirement:

J609Terminal Project6-9

Electives—Complete 6+ Credits

You’ll need to choose at least two more graduate-level courses from the SOJC’s curriculum to complete your degree.

Here are some sample course electives you might choose from:

J521 Documentary Production4
J563 Audio Storytelling4
J563 Investigative Reporting4
J563 Solutions Journalism4
J563 Engaged Journalism4
J563 Data Journalism4
J566 Advanced Photojournalism4
J566Multimedia Storytelling4
J575 Flux Magazine Production1-5
J583Journalistic Interview4


Need some guidance? Here are a few options:

  1. Download our graduate handbook for more details about program requirements and resources.
  2. Contact our graduate recruiter with questions about the program, the application process, and admission.

Once you’re admitted, you’ll be matched with a faculty advisor who will be your first point of contact for academic and career guidance. You’ll also choose a capstone advisor to assist with your terminal project.