Accelerated Master's Program



  • Complete at least 75 credits when applying to the Accelerated Master's Program
  • 3.3 GPA at time of application
  • Statement of purpose
  • CV or résumé
  • 2 or 3 writing samples
  • 1 letter of recommendation from a journalism faculty member

To apply, go to and click on the Apply button at the top right. Log in, select the Journalism Accelerated Master's Program and begin your application.


The Accelerated Master's Program (AMP) enables undergraduate students who have a minimum 3.3 GPA to earn a bachelor's and master's degree in five years. Students apply for admission in spring of their junior year. If they are accepted into this program, they can take 12 graduate credits in their fourth year and continue to work with the director of Graduate Studies to ensure that all courses and requirements are met in the fifth year, including a project or thesis.

The journalism undergraduate major requires 33 credits. Many students have 24 of those credits by the start of their spring junior year. In the AMP they would have 12 journalism graduate credits at the end of their senior year (JOUR 539, JOUR 590S or JOUR 597, JOUR 508 and JOUR 589). This is the maximum allowed. In combination with their undergraduate journalism credits, AMP students will have completed all required classes for the M.A. degree.

Students would work with the Director of Graduate Studies on needed coursework in the fifth year, plus do a thesis or professional project. AMP students may receive up to 3 units of internship credit for JOUR 593, which can be used as elective credit toward the degree. AMP students may also take as many graduate courses outside the journalism major as the Graduate College allows.


Spring freshman year: JOUR 105 (3 credits)
Fall sophomore year: JOUR 203, JOUR 205 and JOUR 208 (9 credits)
Spring sophomore year: JOUR 306 and JOUR 307 (6 credits)
Fall junior year: JOUR 320 and JOUR 385, JOUR 411 or JOUR 472 (if broadcasting, JOUR 385) (6 credits)
Spring junior year: JOUR 313 (3 credits)
Total JOUR credits upon entering AMP = 27

Fall senior year: JOUR 508 and JOUR 539 (6 graduate credits)
AMP students form their committees by end of fall semester
Spring senior year: JOUR 590A-F and JOUR 589 (6 graduate credits)
Total JOUR credits after four years = 39 credits

Fall fifth year: Work with director of Graduate Studies on Master Plan of Study
Spring fifth year: Work with director of Graduate Studies on Master Plan of Study

Possible fifth-year JOUR master's electives: JOUR 502, 522, 547, 526, 547, 572, 588, 593, 596D, 596F, 596H,
596I, 597B, 597C, 599