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 three summer courses to get you up to speed on the basics of storytelling and journalistic standards.

CodeTitleCredits
J508Reporting and Information Strategies4
J508Visual Studies in Journalism4
J561News Editing4

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.

codetitlecredits
J611Mass Communication and Society4
J583Journalistic Interview4
J562Reporting II4
J563Story Development4
J563Advanced Story Development4

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:

CodeTitleCredits
J609Terminal Project6-9
J604Internship6-9

Electives—Complete 6+ Credits

You’ll need to choose a few more graduate-level courses from the SOJC’s curriculum to complete your degree. Here’s a sampling of elective courses you might choose from:

CodeTitleCredit
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

Questions?

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.