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    Mar 28, 2023  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Journalism, BA with grad track option leading to Journalism, MA

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To be eligible for the journalism grad track, students must:

  1. Have successfully completed 75 or more undergraduate credit hours and be classified as a junior.
  2. Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5
  3. Have successfully completed all of the following Journalism courses:

a. Broadcast/Digital, Print/Digital, Photo Journalism students (4 courses): JOUR 2310 , JOUR 3321  or JOUR 3323 JOUR 3322  and JOUR 3300   

b. Advertising students (4 courses): JOUR 2000  , JOUR 2310 , JOUR 3020  and JOUR 3040  

c. Public relations students (3 courses): JOUR 2310  , JOUR 3210  and JOUR 3322 .

Once admitted to the pathway program, undergraduate students can take up to 12 hours from the following classes after they have completed 90 hours of undergraduate study. Their grad track course work must be determined in consultation with the director of graduate studies/graduate academic advisor.

A grade of “B” or better is required in all classes taken for credit in the pathway for the course to count for the master’s degree. Once the BA is completed, these courses may be transferred to the MA degree.

Undergraduate students who have been accepted to a grad track option must complete all of their bachelor’s degree requirements and graduate within 12 months of the first day of the semester in which they start taking graduate courses. They also must submit a portfolio and be accepted officially into the Mayborn Graduate Institute of Journalism before completing their grad track to start their MA program. If they fail, their enrollment in additional graduate-level course work beyond 12 hours will be suspended. The MA program requires students to write a master’s thesis.

Students should try to take as many of the following four core required courses as they can during their grad track program:

  • JOUR 5040 Media Studies and Theories
  • JOUR 5250 Quantitative Research
  • JOUR 5260 Qualitative Research
  • JOUR 5310 Media Ethics

Depending on their concentration and degree plan, grad track students are allowed to take some of the following elective courses:

  • JOUR 5050 Readings in Mass Communication
  • JOUR 5100 Case Problems in Public Relations
  • JOUR 5130 International Advertising and Public Relations Study Abroad
  • JOUR 5140 Strategic Persuasion and Media Effects
  • JOUR 5150 International Mass Communication
  • JOUR 5210 Race, Gender and the Media: A Methods Approach
  • JOUR 5220 Advanced Business Journalism
  • JOUR 5330 Strategic Social Media
  • JOUR 5350 Seminar in Journalism and Mass Communication
  • JOUR 5520 Advanced Study in Advertising & Public Relations for Social Good
  • JOUR 5550 Principles of Magazine Production: Denton Live
  • JOUR 5700 Advanced Feature Writing
  • JOUR 5760 International News and Media Study Abroad

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