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. 

Code Title Credits
J508 Reporting and Information Strategies 4
J508 Visual Studies in Journalism 4

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.

Code Title Credits
J611 Mass Communication and Society 4
J561 News Editing 4
J562 Reporting II 4
J563 Story Development 4
J563 Advanced Story Development 4
J510 Media 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:

Code Title Credits
J609 Terminal Project 6-9
J604 Internship 6-9

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:

Code Title Credits
J521  Documentary Production 4
J563  Audio Storytelling 4
J563  Investigative Reporting 4
J563  Solutions Journalism 4
J563  Engaged Journalism 4
J563  Data Journalism 4
J566  Advanced Photojournalism 4
J566 Multimedia Storytelling 4
J575  Flux Magazine Production 1-5
J583 Journalistic Interview 4
J589 Media Entrepreneurship 4


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.

The program director will be your first point of contact for academic and career guidance.