Journalism, MS

for the degree Master of Science in Journalism

head of department: Stephanie Craft

director of graduate studies: Brant Houston


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department office: 119 Gregory Hall, 810 S. Wright Street, Urbana, IL 61801

phone: (217) 333-0709

The M.S. program is designed to meet the goals of three types of students: 1) students who have recently earned a bachelor’s degree in Journalism or a related field and want to explore a specific type of journalism in greater depth, 2) mid-career journalists who want to expand their professional skills, and 3) students who either hold or are pursuing a terminal degree in selected fields (including but not limited to science, technology, engineering and math) seeking to complement their expertise with journalistic skills for communicating it to the public.

Programs in Journalism

Undergraduate Programs:

major: Journalism, BS

major: Journalism, BS-MJ

minor: Journalism

Graduate Programs:

degree: Journalism, BS-MJ

degree: Journalism, MS

joint degree: Journalism, MS and Business Administration, MBA

joint degree: Journalism, MS and Law, JD

The department does not offer a Ph.D. degree. For the program leading to the Doctor of Philosophy in Communications, see Communications and Media, PhD.


Both the M.S. and M.J. programs place a strong emphasis on journalism, and candidates who are accepted are most often those with a demonstrated interest in practicing journalism. It is imperative that all applicants supply writing samples.

Applicants to the M.S. program must have a 4-year bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. institution or one of recognized standing abroad. A grade point average of 3.0 (A = 4.0) is the minimum requirement for admission to the Graduate College, with exceptions by petition only. Because the master’s program has an enrollment ceiling, some applicants with grade point averages of 3.0 or higher may not be admitted. Ordinarily, students are admitted to begin graduate study in the fall semester.

Letters of recommendation are required, and the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required of all applicants who do not have either an undergraduate journalism degree from the University of Illinois or an approved post-secondary degree. An interview with the head of the department or director of graduate studies is helpful but not required. Students whose native language is not English must present their official scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination as part of their applications. The department follows the Graduate College’s recommendations for English proficiency. Detailed information about admissions and financial aid can be found on the department's website.

Financial Aid

Fellowships are available only for select M.S. students. Fellowships are awarded on a quarter-time basis and carry a waiver of tuition and most fees. A limited number of merit-based scholarships are available for M.S. students.

for the degree Master of Science in Journalism

For additional details and requirements, refer to the department and the Graduate College Handbook

Master of Science in Journalism1 

First Year
Fall SemesterHours
JOUR 501Multimedia Storytelling4
JOUR 505Journalism Proseminar4
Electives -- minimum of 4 hours at the JOUR 4-- level24
 Semester Hours12
Spring Semester
JOUR 500Current Issues in Journalism4
JOUR 515 (Section A)Master's Project4
Electives -- minimum of two JOUR 4-- courses28
 Semester Hours16
Summer Semester
JOUR 515 (Section B)Master's Project4
 Semester Hours4
 Total Hours: 32

Other Requirements

Other requirements may overlap
Minimum 500-level Hours Required Overall: 16
Minimum GPA: 3.0