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    Apr 25, 2024  
2014-2015 Graduate Catalog 
2014-2015 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism

Main Office
General Academic Building, Room 102

Mailing address:
1155 Union Circle #311460
Denton, TX 76203-5017

Web site:

Dorothy Bland, Dean



Frank W. Mayborn Graduate Institute of Journalism

Main Office
General Academic Building, Room 207

Mailing address:
1155 Union Circle #311460
Denton, TX 76203-5017

Web site:

Dorothy Bland, Director

Graduate work in the Mayborn Graduate Institute of Journalism prepares students with lifetime communication and intellectual skills for successful careers in all areas of journalism and communication. The institute also prepares students who wish to pursue academic careers in higher education. This nationally accredited program offers state-of-the-art technological training and support as well as research and study opportunities in advertising, broadcast, digital, Internet and multimedia news, photojournalism, public relations and publishing. Some web-based courses are now available.

Journalism graduate students are required to pass a written comprehensive examination over journalism courses taken. The examination should be scheduled near the end of the student’s program. Journalism graduate students who write a thesis will defend that thesis in an oral examination with thesis committee members.

Graduate programs lead to the following degrees:

  • Master of Arts with a major in journalism
  • Master of Journalism

The school collaborates in the offering of a concentration in interactive and virtual digital communication under the Master of Arts or Master of Science with a major in interdisciplinary studies.  The school offers graduate academic certificates in interactive and virtual digital communication, in narrative journalism and in public relations.

The Mayborn School of Journalism and the Mayborn Graduate Institute of Journalism are nationally accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC). ACEJMC is located at the University of Kansas School of Journalism, Stauffer-Flint Hall, 1435 Jayhawk Blvd, Lawrence, KS 66045; 785-864-3973;


Areas of research interest in the school include the impact of new technology on journalism and mass communication and the importance of ethics in media. Research also is conducted on curriculum studies for journalism education and on defining the outcomes of journalism education. Other topics of research interest are sexism and racism in media, editorial policies of student newspapers, narrative journalism, international communication and magazine production issues.

Admission requirements

Application for admission should originate at the Toulouse Graduate School. The applicant must hold a bachelor’s degree from an approved college or university.

Applications for admission to the journalism graduate program are reviewed holistically to determine a candidate’s likelihood of success. A competitive score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) must be submitted before formal admission to the graduate program in journalism. If admitted provisionally, a student will not be permitted to enroll in any courses for credit toward the master’s degree after the first term/semester until a competitive score is submitted and accepted. A portfolio must also be submitted to the Mayborn Graduate Institute of Journalism. See portfolio submission guidelines at or contact the graduate advisor at 940-565-4564.  International students may substitute successful completion of the Graduate Preparation Course for the verbal portion of the GRE. Non-native speakers of English also must submit satisfactory scores on the TOEFL.

Students graduating from the Honors College with a 3.5 or higher GPA are entitled to automatic admission to, and are not required to submit standardized test scores for admission to the Toulouse Graduate School and the graduate programs in the Frank W. Mayborn Graduate Institute of Journalism. However, a portfolio is required for Honors College students with a 3.5 or higher GPA.

North Texas Daily

The award winning North Texas Daily, UNT’s student newspaper, provides practical experience for students in the School of Journalism. The North Texas Daily Publications Committee selects the editor each term/semester, and staff jobs are open to any UNT student. The Daily is published in print two days a week in the fall and spring terms/semesters and once a month in the summer. The online edition of NT Daily is updated more frequently. The Daily has been providing news and entertainment to UNT students since 1948. For more information, contact the Daily’s advisor at 940-565-4265, or visit the Daily’s web site (

Denton Live

Graduate students also have the opportunity of working with Denton Live (, the magazine that promotes major events in Denton. The Mayborn Graduate Institute of Journalism publishes this magazine for the Denton Convention and Visitor Bureau. Students write, edit and illustrate the stories as well as provide the layout and design using Adobe InDesign and other state-of-the-art software. There is also an online component.

MAYBORN Magazine

Graduate students interested in narrative magazine writing can work for MAYBORN, published once a year by the Mayborn Graduate Institute of Journalism. Students write, fact check and edit stories as well as provide the layout and design using Adobe InDesign and Photoshop.

The Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference

This nationally acclaimed annual conference offers a forum for journalists, writers, readers, students, educators and the general public to listen to, be inspired by and practice their craft at the highest possible level. The conference is incorporated into the literary journalism course offered during the second summer session.