Fall 2020 Application Deadlines

US applicants: 
Jan. 15

International applicants: 
Dec. 1

How to Apply


The master's degree in journalism prepares students for professional success in news outlets, digital and social media platforms, and corporate communications. 

The program offers two choices: the Professional Practice Option and the Area of Expertise Option. Regardless of option, this degree is designed for students with limited academic or professional experience in journalism.

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

The Area of Expertise 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 is designed for students with limited academic or professional expertise in journalism. This option can be completed with a minimum of 36 credits and in four semesters.

Regardless of option, the degree’s focus is on multimedia training and experience.  Students develop skills in information-gathering, storytelling and analysis across a variety of platforms and professional contexts, including video, online interactivity, social media, photography—and, of course, the printed word. They produce in-depth reporting projects in collaboration with professional media outlets in Colorado, and they complete internships at award-winning radio and television stations, newspapers, magazines, websites and other news organizations nationwide.

Both options begin with a three-week Media Technology Bootcamp course that takes place during our Augmester (the three weeks before the fall semester begins later in August).

Students take a required core of four courses: Newsgathering and Multimedia Storytelling; Media Technology Boot Camp; Precision Journalism; Journalism Law & Ethics; and any two of the three capstones (News Media Internship, Professional Project, CU News Corps).

Students in the Professional Practice Option take two or three elective courses in Journalism and two courses outside Journalism within CMCI.  

Students in the Area of Expertise Option take two elective courses in Journalism and four in the students’ chosen area of expertise.

Applicants to the MA in Journalism must:

  • Hold at least a baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university.

  • Have an undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.75.

  • Have a GRE verbal score of at least 153 (62%). International applicants must also have a TOEFL score of at least 600 (IBT 100).

  • Provide three letters of recommendation.

  • Provide a 500-word statement of purpose.

  • Provide a resume.


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Student Information

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Helpful Links

Center For Environmental Journalism | Center for Media, Religion and Culture

Graduate assistantships are available. MA students in the Area of Expertise option may receive assistantships for a maximum of four semesters. Applicants who wish to be considered must request an assistantship by submitting, as part of the online application, a cover letter and resume that includes detailed professional or academic qualifications.

Phone: 303-492-7977

Email: cmcigrad@colorado.edu

Campus Location: Hellems 96D

JRNL MA Program Handbook