Information for Current Students: Your Pathway to Success

UA Graduate School: Academic services, policies and procedures
The Reporter's Handbook: A manual of practices and procedures for reporting classes
The Academic Integrity Handbook
Co-Convened Graduate Class Guidelines
Satisfactory Academic Progress
Academic Probation
Journalism Organizations and Resources
Journalism School Student Organizations

Your First Semester: Thesis or professional project?

Master’s students may complete a project or a thesis. (Dual-degree students in Journalism and Latin American Studies, however, must complete a thesis.) The topic is your choice. You may find a topic through your courses, conversations with faculty or other students, or your own interests. Talk with faculty to determine whether your idea is feasible.

Thesis (3 credits) 
A thesis is recommended if you plan to pursue a doctorate. A thesis presents original research that contributes to the scholarly literature of journalism. A thesis includes a review of relevant literature, mastery and use of an appropriate research method, and analysis of findings.

Professional project (3 credits) 
A project is recommended if you plan to work as a journalist or other media professional. A professional creative project could be a long-form feature story, an investigative article series, a tablet magazine, a documentary or a multimedia website. No matter what form a project takes, it must be noteworthy for background research, substance and artistic or professional quality. A project is the culmination of your studies and should reflect what you have learned in the program. A project is much more than a class assignment and requires as much research as a thesis.

Your Second Semester

  • Master's Plan of Study: Talk to the DGS, then fill out the MPoS form in GradPath.
  • Master’s/Specialist Committee Appointment form: Talk to the DGS about your topic and committee, which consists of a chair and two members. After you form your committee, fill out the Master’s/Specialist Committee Appointment form in GradPath

Your Third Semester

  • Thesis Guidelines: Defend your proposal one semester before you graduate. You must prepare a written proposal and have it approved in writing by your committee before completing your thesis.
  • Sample Thesis Proposal: Request examples from the DGS.
    OR
  • Project Guidelines: Defend your proposal one semester before you graduate. You must prepare a written proposal and have it approved in writing by your committee before completing your project.
  • Sample Project Proposal: Request examples from the DGS.

Your Fourth Semester

  • Thesis (JOUR 910) or Master's Report (JOUR 909): Sign up for 3 units of JOUR 910 if you’re completing a thesis or 3 units of JOUR 909 if you're completing a project.
  • Final Thesis or Final Project: Request examples from the DGS.
  • Final Project/Thesis Approval Form: Bring to your defense for your chair and committee members to sign. Include the signed form in your revised thesis or project.
  • Thesis Approval/Statement by Author page (either Copyrighting or NOT Copyrighting—your choice): Print out and bring two copies to your defense for your chair to sign. You’ll find this form at http://grad.arizona.edu/gsas/dissertations-theses/sample-pages
  • Master's/Specialist Completion of Degree Requirements: See the graduate coordinator.

Other Forms

Journalism MA Course Advising Form
Independent Study Proposal Form and Policies

Key Word(s) of the Page: