Multimedia Journalism Master’s Program Degree Requirements

Ready to become a multimedia journalism master? Here are the courses you’ll need to take and the requirements to complete the degree. To see what order most students take the courses, see the Sample Schedules page.

Minimum Requirements 

To graduate from the Multimedia Journalism Master’s program, you’ll need:

total graduate credits
(500- or 600-level)
elective credits
cumulative UO gpa

Core Courses—All Students Complete

You’ll get a foundation in storytelling and learn industry best practices from your core courses. Everyone in your cohort will take these courses, which are 4 credits each.

Code Title Credits
J610 Thinking Story 4
J610 Foundations of Explanatory Journalism 4
J610 Digital Ethics 4
J611 Mass Communication and Society 4
J627 Foundations of Multimedia Journalism 4
J628 Multimedia Journalism Practices 4
J654 Reporting within Communities 4
J656 Producing the Story 4

Terminal Project—All Students Complete 6+ Credits

During your second year, you’ll produce a terminal project (J609) incorporating some combination of video, audio, photography, writing, and/or data visualization on a multimedia platform. You can spread the work out over two or more terms and rack up 6+ credits. It’s your chance to bring together all the skills, concepts, and craft you’ve mastered in a professional-quality project. For many students, the terminal project becomes the crown jewel of their portfolio.

See Zach Putnam’s ’17 Edward R. Murrow Student Award-winning terminal project

Electives—Complete 10+ Credits

You’ll need a total of 10 elective credits. Work with your advisor to select from the 2- and 4-credit courses available each term through the Multimedia Journalism and Strategic Communication Master’s programs. Elective course offerings will vary year to year.

Here are some sample course electives you might choose from:

Code Title Credits
J608 Audio Storytelling I (Intro) 2
J608 Audio Storytelling II (Podcasting) 2
J608 Designing and Developing Immersive Media 2
J608 Entrepreneurship 2
J608 Immersive Storytelling 2
J608 Motion Graphics 2
J608 Story in Stills I (Intro) 2
J608 Story in Stills II (Photo Story) 2
J608 Storytelling with Data 2
J608 Drone Cinematography 2
J610 Writing for Grad School 2
J624 Introduction to Social Virtual Reality 2

Noncredit Workshops

We also recommend MMJ students take advantage of discounted or free tuition for multi-day summer workshops our faculty offer in Portland. Although these courses are noncredit, they offer the opportunity to get in-depth practice in key skills alongside professional journalists.

Code Title Credits
N/A Story Arc Cinematic Journalism Workshop  N/A
N/A DSLR Video Bootcamp  N/A


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.