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. 

Degrees Offered:

  • MA, PhD

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. Provide GRE general test scores with a verbal score of at least 153 (62%). International applicants must also provide a TOEFL score of at least 600 (IBT 100) or an IELTS score of 7.
  4. Provide three letters of recommendation.
  5. Provide a 500-word statement of purpose.
  6. Provide a resume.
  7. Indicate either the Professional Practice option or the Area of Expertise option in their statement of purpose.

PhD applicants must:

  1. Have a GRE score of at least 301 on verbal and quantitative combined. 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.
  8. In the online application select MDRP-PHD as the academic plan and Journalism as the subplan

Fall Domestic Application Deadline:

PhD: Sunday, January 1, 2017

MA: Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Fall International Application Deadline:

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Contact Information:

Department of Journalism
Armory 106, 478 UCB

University of Colorado at Boulder
Boulder, CO 80309-0478

Phone 303-492-7977 
Fax 303-492-0969

CMCI website