Journalism and Media

Master of Arts
Doctor of Philosophy

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Campus address: G. B. Dealey Center for New Media (DMC) 3.338, phone (512) 471-1845, fax (512) 471-7979; campus mail code: A1000

Mailing address: The University of Texas at Austin, Graduate Program, School of Journalism and Media, 300 West Dean Keeton Stop A1000, Austin TX 78712

E-mail: chelsea.stockton@austin.utexas.edu

URL: https://journalism.utexas.edu/graduate  

Facilities for Graduate Work

With a mix of national and international scholars, former news media executives, and journalists, the School of Journalism and Media faculty is one of the best and most balanced in the country. Students have access to excellent labs and facilities and state-of-the-art equipment, as well as several special resources. Within the College, The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas, the Center for Media Engagement, the Technology & Information Policy Institute, the Institute for Media Innovation, and the Dallas Morning News Innovation Endowment collaborate with students and faculty in Journalism and Media by providing research opportunities and internships. The Harry Ransom Center houses such collections as the Watergate papers of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, as well as the world’s first photograph, and the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History houses a variety of archived papers from such journalism icons as Walter Cronkite and Molly Ivins. These facilities and resources support graduate study in journalism and media that is designed to prepare students to succeed in a wide range of careers in the professional, scholarly and public domains.

Areas of Study 

The School of Journalism and Media supports a doctoral program and a Master of Arts degree. Multiple areas of emphasis are available in both degrees. The MA degree includes a professional track and a research and theory track. 

The Doctor of Philosophy degree in Journalism and Media emphasizes the interdisciplinary study of media systems, including journalism, digital media platforms and technologies, and global media ecosystems. It cultivates expertise in multiple research methodologies.

The MA Research and Theory track is designed for students who seek a general conceptual foundation for media-related study and careers, or who plan to pursue doctoral study in journalism and media. It offers extensive choices across a range of methodological and research preparation.

The MA Professional track is designed to provide or extend professional training for people who desire to work in the fields of making media, including reporters, photojournalists, and storytellers in various media forms.

Graduate Studies Committee

The following faculty members served on the Graduate Studies Committee (GSC) in the spring 2023 semester.

Rosental C Alves
Mary A Bock
Gina Chen
Wenhong Chen
Hsiang Chyi
Renita Beth Coleman
Tracy S Dahlby
Donna De Cesare
Celestine Gonzalez De Bustamante
Thomas Jerrold Johnson
Josephine Lukito
Kathleen Oveta McElroy
Rachel Davis Mersey
Dhiraj Murthy
Paula M Poindexter
Stephen D Reese
Mary Magdalen Rivas-Rodriguez
David Michael Ryfe
Amy K Sanders
Joseph Straubhaar
Natalie J Stroud
Sharon L Strover
Raymond Thompson Jr
Anita Varma
Samuel C Watkins
Katharine West
Samuel Christopher Woolley

Admission Requirements

Admission to the graduate program in journalism and media is competitive, and a number of criteria are carefully considered in admissions decisions. Students admitted to the Master of Arts program must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. Students admitted to the Doctor of Philosophy program must hold a master’s degree from an accredited institution.