Journalism Master’s Program Sample Schedules

This 46-credit cohort-based program is designed to be completed in one year, although some students may take longer to complete their terminal projects. The grids below shows when we offer required courses and select electives. Each term is 10 weeks long.

Summer Preparatory Experience 

J508 Reporting and Information Gathering4
J508 Visual Journalism4

Fall Term 

J611 Mass Communication and Society4
J562 Reporting II4

Winter Term

J563 Story Development4
J561 News Editing4

Spring Term 

J563 Advanced Story Development4

J609 Terminal Project or J604 Internship (if project or internship has begun)


Summer or Fall Term (if needed)

J609 Terminal Project or J604 Internship (if project or internship not completed Spring term)6-9

Academic Checklist

In addition to your required courses, you’ll need to complete the following tasks between enrollment and graduation. Complete these steps in order, with guidance from your faculty advisor.

  1. Make contact with your faculty advisor. During orientation, the program director will assign you a faculty advisor. This person will be your first point of contact for questions about the program once you’re enrolled, so make sure to introduce yourself.
  2. Apply for internships or submit your terminal project proposal to your committee. By spring term, you should secure approval of your project plan or internship from your committee, which will be made up of your advisor and at least one other faculty member or industry professional.
  3. Enroll for at least 3 credits of J604 or J609 during your graduating term. If you have not completed your terminal project or internship by the time you complete your coursework, you can register again in summer or fall term.
  4. Apply for graduation. In the second week of the term in which you plan to graduate, fill out the graduation form on GradWeb.
  5. Complete your oral defense if you completed a terminal project. This should happen at least one week before the end of your final term.
  6. Submit an electronic copy of your final terminal project or internship portfolio to the SOJC Graduate Office.


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 in Portland 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.