Degree Requirements, Journalism and Media

Graduate handbook information is updated and maintained by each program. Graduate handbooks are available within each program's office and online at https://utexas.box.com/v/UTAustinGraduateHandbooks. Please contact the program with concerns or questions.

Master of Arts

The research and theory track of the MA degree requires 30 semester hours of coursework, including a thesis.

The professional track of the MA degree requires 30 semester hours of coursework and a portfolio of professional work produced during the degree.

Doctor of Philosophy

Working with the faculty and the graduate advisor, each student develops an individual Program of Work. All students develop mastery of journalism and media research and theory. Students are required to complete five semesters of coursework (45 credit hours), one semester for preparing for comprehensive exams and a research proposal, and their dissertation in the final, fourth year.  The program offers a variety of courses that focus on concepts, models, and theories, and includes opportunities for research, fellowships and internships.

Dual Degree Programs

The School of Journalism and Media offers the following dual degree programs in cooperation with other divisions of the University. More information is available from the graduate advisor in each program.

Major(s) Degree(s)
Business AdministrationMaster of Business Administration
Latin American studiesMaster of Arts
Global policy studiesMaster of Global Policy Studies
Middle Eastern studiesMaster of Arts
Public affairsMaster of Public Affairs