To earn the masters degree in journalism, students must complete 40 credits. Faculty advisors will guide students in creating educational plans that best fit their backgrounds, interests and aspirations. The curriculum is built around a core group of required courses:

  • JRN 500, Introduction to News Media Concepts and Institutions, or JRN 507, Introduction to Science and Health Concepts and Institutions. (JRN 500 is intended for students whose background is primarily in the sciences, JRN 507 for students whose background is primarily in journalism.)
  • JRN 525, the 6-credit intensive core course, Health, Environment, Science and Technology Reporting (HESTR)
  • JRN 530, The Big Story: Science Issues Seminar
  • JRN 550, Investigative Reporting Techniques
  • JRN 555, Seminar in Ethics and Law
  • JRN 588, Internship
  • JRN 600, Long-Form Reporting: Master’s Project

In addition, a course in statistics or epidemiology, such as HPH 585: Introduction to Biostatistics & Epidemiology or HAS 550 Statistics and Data Analysis, will be required for students who have not had a college-level course or equivalent experience in basic statistics.

Along with the core courses, students take skills courses in broadcast, print, or online multimedia reporting and presentation, as well as electives in the sciences, health, environmental studies or technology.

For journalism course descriptions, click here.

For sample science electives, click here.

For a sample schedule, click here.