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.

J610Thinking Story4
J610Foundations of Explanatory Journalism4
J610Digital Ethics4
J611Mass Communication and Society4
J627Foundations of Multimedia Journalism4
J628Multimedia Journalism Practices4
J654Reporting within Communities4
J656Producing the Story4

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:

J608Audio Storytelling I (Intro)2
J608Audio Storytelling II (Podcasting)2
J608Designing and Developing Immersive Media2
J608Immersive Storytelling2
J608Motion Graphics2
J608Story in Stills I (Intro)2
J608Story in Stills II (Photo Story)2
J608Storytelling with Data2
J608Drone Cinematography2
J610Writing for Grad School2
J624Introduction to Social Virtual Reality2

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.

N/AStory Arc Cinematic Journalism Workshop N/A
N/ADSLR 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. Attend an info session at SOJC Portland to learn about the program and tour the building.
  3. 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.