Master of Arts

Bilingual Journalism

Hablas español?  This new program is for you!

About the Program

The master’s degree in Bilingual Journalism is a cutting-edge program that offers professional and academic training for students who want to report about and/or for Latinx communities in the United States and abroad. It is one of the only fully bilingual programs in the country. Graduates will acquire a robust set of skills in both Spanish and English that will translate into a significant competitive edge in the workplace.

Innovation and new models of storytelling in the digital age also set this master’s degree apart from other programs. Students will explore entrepreneurial models of journalism, such as crowd-funding and nonprofit or donor-based hyperlocal and translocal projects. In addition, students will practice innovative ways of reporting and disseminating news for non-legacy media by incorporating the conversational style of the internet, social media, community engagement and advanced understanding of their audiences.

This program is offered by the School of Journalism in collaboration with the Center of Latin American Studies, the Department of Mexican American Studies and the Department of Spanish & Portuguese.

Our program is designed for students who have a journalism background as well as those who have no previous journalism experience. Part-time students are welcome.

Students must be fluent in English and Spanish or English and Portuguese. They must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution (U.S. or abroad).

Students can begin the program in Fall 2021.

What Can We Offer You?

Fully Bilingual Program. This is one of the only M.A. programs of its kind in the country. Graduates will gain strong skills in both English and Spanish, which will give them a competitive edge in the workplace.

Comprehensive Understanding of Latinx Communities. This two-year master’s degree will advance students’ understanding of the history and culture of Latinx, Mexican American and other bilingual populations in the United States and Latin America.

Cultural Competency. The program goes beyond teaching how to report on Latinx issues in two languages by offering courses about historical, social, cultural, geographic and political issues relevant to Latinx communities in Arizona, the U.S.-Mexico borderlands and the Latin American countries where many U.S. immigrants originated.

Welcoming School Culture. Our program is small, with a strong camaraderie and frequent opportunities to interact with other graduate students. You'll receive personal attention from faculty and staff during your time studying with us.

Bilingual Instructors. Through a combination of skills-based and conceptual courses, incubator labs, fieldwork and internships, students will work alongside bilingual professors and Spanish-language and English-language media professionals to innovate and explore new ways of storytelling.

Bilingual Courses. Some classes will be taught in Spanish only, others in English and Spanish—or Spanglish. Instead of translating from one language to another, students will understand linguistic diversity and cater to bilingual communities.

Bilingual Internships. Students will have opportunities to intern at Latinx media in the United States and abroad.

Global Study. Students can go on a study abroad program or take classes at an affiliated campus overseas.

Hispanic-Serving Institution. This bilingual journalism degree advances the University of Arizona’s strategic goal to strengthen programs that invest in Hispanic students.

The Border, the World. Our students report from the Mexican border, just 60 miles away, as well as in Latin America.

Dual Degrees. Double your options with a dual degree in journalism and Latin American Studies. You can also opt for one of the following: Legal Studies; Middle Eastern and North African Studies; Public Administration; or Environmental Science. See Dual Degree Options.

Application Deadlines

  • For fall: Rolling deadline, preferably by Feb. 15
  • For spring: Rolling deadline, preferably by Aug. 1 for international students or Sept. 1 for domestic students

Contact Us

For more information on application and administrative questions:
Debbie Cross
Program Coordinator for Graduate Studies
520-621-9616
debbiecross@arizona.edu 

For advising and curriculum questions:
Jessica Retis
Associate Professor, Program Director
520-621-7556
jessicaretis@arizona.edu