Jul 23, 2024  
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog

Digital Journalism and Design, M.A.

College of Arts and Sciences  
Department: Journalism and Digital Communication (JDC)


This master’s program can be done either fully online or in a hybrid (combination face-to-face and online) manner. It will consist of two tracks. The applied track will prepare students for the newly emerging and rapidly changing field of digital journalism, which brings new technologies and evolving value to bear on the report of global news and events. The academic track will prepare students in both emerging digital news and communication technologies while adding an academic dimension for those wishing to continue their studies or pursue a Ph.D. in Mass Communications or other related field.

Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC)

Admission Information

Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

  • A baccalaureate degree in Journalism or related field from an accredited institution with a grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 or better in the last two years (60 hours) of undergraduate work or a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or better in all undergraduate work attempted toward the baccalaureate degree.
  • An essay between 800 and 1000 words that describes how this degree will serve the applicant’s future plans. The essay should include references to the applicant’s prior and planned online contributions and demonstrate an understanding of web-based communication and its journalistic potential.
  • Completing an online a digital-skills evaluation exam given by the department. 

Curriculum Requirements

Total Minimum Hours:  33 Credit Hours

  •   Core Requirements - 12 Credit Hours
  •   Electives - 15 Credit Hours Minimum
  •   Project - 3 Credit Hours (plus 3 additional elective credit hours)
  •   Thesis - 6 Credit Hours

Requires 33 hours of sequenced, graduate-level course work, including completion of a final project. The sequence of required courses follows below.

Core Requirements (12 Credit Hours)

Electives - 15 Credit Hours Minimum

Comprehensive Examination

The thesis defense or project serves in lieu of the Comprehensive Exam.

Project (3 Credit Hours Minimum)

Students opting for the Applied Research Project complete three (3) credit hours of MMC 6950 and an additional 3 credit hours of electives.

Thesis Option (6 Credit Hours Minimum)