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Journalism

Our graduate degrees prepare students for careers in journalism and other fields of public communication.  We train students to gather information from a diversity of sources, to analyze it critically, and to report what is significant, through stories and other media forms across multiple media platforms. 

 On June 27, 2014, the University of Colorado Board of Regents created a new College of Media, Communication and Information, for which students may now apply. Official approval of proposed departments and degrees is scheduled in coming months.  Additional details may be found at the College of Media, Communication and Information

Degrees Offered:

Degree Details: 

Students may earn an MA degree in either of two options designed for students with limited academic or professional experience in journalism.  Either option prepares students to work in a wide variety of professional settings, including print and broadcast outlets, digital and social media platforms, and corporate communications.

The Professional Practice MA Option is for students who wish to focus on quickly obtaining advanced journalistic skills and can be completed in as few as 30 credits and in as little as two semesters plus a summer.

The Area of Expertise MA Option is for students wishing not only to acquire advanced journalistic skills but also to complement them with an area of expertise, such as environmental science and policy. This option within the MA degree can be completed with a minimum of 36 credits and in four semesters.

The PhD in Journalism Studies is offered as a track within CMCI’s doctoral program in Media Research and Practice (along with Media Studies and Strategic Communication Studies).  The program is highly interdisciplinary in scope, and students take at least one-third of their courses outside the Department of Journalism.  After completing 42 credits of course work and taking oral and written comprehensive exams, students go on to complete a traditional dissertation in an area of specialization of their choice.

Admissions Requirements: 

MA applicants must:

1.    Hold at least a baccalaureate degree, or its equivalent from an accredited college or university.
2.    Have an undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.75.
3.    Have a GRE verbal score of at least 153 (62%). International applicants must also have a TOEFL score of at least 600 (IBT 100).
4.    Provide three letters of recommendation.
5.    Provide a 500-word statement of purpose.
6.    Provide a resume.

 

PhD applicants must:

1.    Have a GRE score of at least 301 on verbal and quantitative combined (70% on each).  International applicants must also have a TOEFL score of 625 (IBT 106).
2.    Have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.2 and a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 in previous graduate work, if any.
3.    Applicants to the PhD ordinarily are expected to hold a master's degree or to present evidence of other relevant graduate study.
4.    Provide three letters of recommendation.
5.    Provide a 700-word Statement of Purpose.
6.    Provide a resume.
7.    Provide a writing sample.

Financial Support: 

Research or teaching assistantships and fellowships are available.  MA students may be funded for up to two years and PhD students for up to four years.

Applicant Instructions: 

Domestic Fall Application Deadline

PhD: January 1, 2015

MA: February 1, 2015
 

International Fall Application Deadline

December 1, 2014

Contact Information: 

Department of Journalism
Armory 106, 478 UCB

University of Colorado at Boulder
Boulder, CO 80309-0478


Phone 303-492-5008
Fax 303-492-0969

E-mail: jmcgrad@colorado.edu
Website: http://www.colorado.edu/cmci/

Where To Send Your Materials: 

Application Mailing Instructions

Domestic Applicants:

Transcripts should be sent directly to Graduate Admissions. Transcripts must be official copies and should include ALL post-secondary academic work completed to date, including courses appearing as transfer credit on other transcripts, credits earned in study abroad programs, and courses taken for college credit while in high school. Copies of transcripts mailed in unsealed envelopes and sent directly by applicants are NOT official transcripts.

For standard international mail or mail within the US, including USPS Priority and Express:

Graduate Admissions
University of Colorado Boulder
3100 Marine Street, Suite A122
553 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0553 USA

For overnight or express mail (DHL, FEDEX, UPS):

Graduate Admissions             
University of Colorado Boulder                     
3100 Marine Street , Bldg RL3, Suite A122
553 UCB
Boulder, CO 80303-1058 USA                                                                                                                              
Phone:  (303) 492-6301
  

All International Applicants

Transcripts should be sent directly to Office of Admissions/International.  Transcripts must be official copies and should include ALL post-secondary academic work completed to date, including courses appearing as transfer credit on other transcripts, credits earned in study abroad programs, and courses taken for college credit while in high school. Copies of transcripts mailed in unsealed envelopes and sent directly by applicants are NOT official transcripts.

For standard international mail or mail within the US, including USPS Priority and Express:

Office of Admissions/International
University of Colorado Boulder
3100 Marine Street, Suite A122
65 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0065 USA

Overnight/Express Mailing Address (DHL, UPS, FedEx)          

Office of Admissions/International               
University of Colorado Boulder                     
3100 Marine Street, Bldg RL3, Suite A122
65 UCB
Boulder, CO 80303-1058 USA

Phone: (303) 492-6301