Multimedia Journalism Master’s Program Sample Schedules

Although our typical student completes the 48-credit program in 18 months, you can negotiate a pace that works for you. The grid below shows when we offer required courses and select electives. Each term is 10 weeks long.

Fall Term - First Year

Foundations of Multimedia Journalism4
Thinking Story 4

One or more elective(s):

  • Audio Storytelling I (Intro)
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Motion Graphics
  • Writing for Grad School

Winter Term - First Year 

Multimedia Journalism Practices4
Reporting within Communities4
Foundations of Explanatory Journalism4

One or More Elective(s):

  • Story in Stills I (Intro)
  • Story in Stills II (Photo Story)
  • Introduction to Social Virtual Reality
  • Designing and Developing Immersive Media

Spring Term - First Year

Producing Story4
Digital Ethics4

One or more elective(s):

  • Audio Storytelling II (Podcasting)
  • Immersive Storytelling I (360 Video)
  • Immersive Storytelling II (Photogrammetry)
  • Storytelling with Data

Summer Term - First Year

Terminal Projects3-6
Business Practices2

Fall Term - Second Year

Terminal Project3-6
Communication and Society4

Spring Term - Second Year

Some students elect to continue working on their terminal projects and/or take additional elective courses.N/A

Academic Checklist

In addition to your required courses, you’ve got some tasks to complete between enrollment and graduation. Complete these steps in order, with guidance from your faculty advisor.

  1. Make contact with your faculty advisor. During orientation, your 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. You will also select a second advisor to provide feedback on your final project.
  2. Complete a proposal for your terminal project. This must be approved by your faculty advisor, who will tell you how to file it with the SOJC.
  3. Enroll for at least 3 graduate-level (J600 or above) courses in your final 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 of your terminal project before the end of your final term.
  6. Submit one copy of your terminal project to your advisor.


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.