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On Campus
Est. time to complete:

2 years
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Hone your craft and tell stories that shape the world with a master’s degree in Journalism.
The Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism offers the only nationally accredited Journalism master program in the state of Texas. We focus on helping our students learn relevant skills so they can adapt to the ever-changing needs of today's media environment with programs in news, strategic communications and narrative and digital journalism.

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Why Earn a Master's of Journalism?

Graduate students in the Frank W. Mayborn Graduate Institute of Journalism can develop individualized degree plans to achieve professional career goals in news, strategic communications, narrative storytelling and other areas of professional interest.

Students pursuing a master’s in Journalism will gain a global perspective through study of international mass communication media throughout the world. Dive deep into press and broadcast systems, the sources and flow of international news and problems of world communication. Learn advanced techniques for researching, reporting and crafting narratives.

Our program is designed to accommodate your schedule with afternoon and evening classes often available. We offer workshops for academic credit in strategic locations throughout DFW, as well as select online courses. Each student will complete a thesis to demonstrate their authority over their specialty. Our Master of Journalism (M.J.) offers a non-thesis option so you can choose the program that suits your goals and learning style. Our program also offers:

• Graduate assistantships in teaching or research positions

• The opportunity to earn credit through internships

• Study abroad opportunities

Marketable Skills
  • Oral and written communication
  • Research data collection and interpretation
  • In-depth knowledge of media operations
  • Leadership ability
  • Innovative idea origination and implementation

Journalism Master's Highlights

Our award-winning faculty bring more than 400 years of combined experience in real-world settings to our classrooms to inform and inspire our nearly 1,000 students.
We offer state-of-the-art technology and classroom labs with the latest software applications, including a Multimedia Reporting classroom, Visual Journalism Lab and Broadcast News Lab
Our student-run media agencies, including a newspaper, television station and ad agency, offer practical training while working for real clients and learning from seasoned professionals.
UNT is located within the fifth-largest media market in the country and our students have access to numerous outstanding internship opportunities in broadcasting, news, photojournalism, advertising and public relations.
The Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism at UNT is among the nation's top schools for journalism and mass communication, with undergraduate and graduate degree programs that prepare students for careers in print and digital journalism, broadcast journalism, advertising, public relations and photojournalism.

Career Outlook

A master’s in Journalism can help you advance your career in:

  • Print and digital journalism
  • Broadcast journalism
  • Advertising
  • Public relations
  • Photojournalism
  • Teaching

Journalism Master's Courses You Could Take

Media Ethics (3 hrs)
Promotes the development of critical thinking and reasoning skills needed in mass and hyper media. Examines the relationship between professional ethics and social philosophy, and how media practices relate to a democratic society
Narrative Journalism (3 hrs)
Explores the art of narrative journalism through the study of short- and long-form narratives for newspapers, magazines and web-based publications
Quantitative Research (3 hrs)
Quantitative study of audiences, contents and effects in mass communication by using tools and techniques of social science research. Emphasis on statistical analysis, survey research, content analysis and experimental studies.
Qualitative Research (3 hrs)
Study of the foundations, research methods, practices, theoretical approaches to qualitative research. These methods and approaches include ethnography, literary theory, rhetorical analysis, discourse analysis, gender and race theories, phenomenology, semiotics and others as applied to journalism. Students practice designing well-focused studies, as well as engaging in research practices related to the media.
Race, Gender and the Media - A Methods Approach (3 hrs)
Students critically examine media portrayals of race, gender, class and sexuality and employ scholarly research methods to evaluate mass media, including news media, advertising, television, film, video gaming and popular music. Graduate students conduct in-depth research but also participate in class discussions and assignments.
Media Studies and Theories (3 hrs)
Enduring issues and problems of American mass media and to the body of knowledge concerning theories on the function, nature, audience and effects of mass communication. Examines mass communication as a social system and the contributions of social scientists to the study of mass communication by putting emphasis on political, economic, technological, legal and historical factors that have shaped American mass media.

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