M.A. Journalism

Master of Arts


Where will your education take you? At the University of Arizona, an interest in journalism can take you as far as you can dream.

About the Program

We offer master's degrees for students wishing to become working journalists in the United States or abroad, as well as for those interested in studying the impact of the media on social, political, economic and cultural decisions and events around the world.

Our programs are designed for students who have a journalism background as well as those who have no previous journalism experience. Full-time students can complete the curriculum in as little as one year. Part-time students are welcome. Excellent undergraduate students can earn an M.A. degree in one extra year through our Accelerated Master's Program.

What Can We Offer You?

Western Regional Graduation Tuition Savings Program (WRGP). The WRPG offers out of state students the in-state tuition rate to attend the following master's programs: Journalism, Bilingual Journalism, and the Accelerated Master’s Program. Click here to learn more.

Just Journalism. We’re passionate about journalism. We offer classes in reporting, writing, multimedia, theory, media analysis, law, and ethics. 

The Border, the World. Our students report from the U.S.-Mexico border, just 60 miles away, as well as the Middle East and Latin America.

Science and Environmental Journalism. You can specialize in communicating about science and the environment through words, photographs, infographics, and multimedia. The University of Arizona is home to the world-renowned Arizona Institute for Resilience, a medical center, the Bio5 Institute, Biosphere 2 and the Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter.

Dual Degrees. Double your options with a dual degree in journalism: Bilingual Journalism, Studies of Global Media, Legal Studies, Latin American Studies; Middle Eastern and North African Studies; Public Administration;  or Environmental Science. 

Graduate Specialties. You can add a specialty to your diploma and transcript in Digital Journalism, Global Journalism, or Science and Environmental Journalism. 

Inspirational Faculty. Work alongside award-winning professors who have been professional journalists around the globe. They have significant professional experience at The New York Times, BBC World News, Associated Press, The Columbia Missourian, EFE America, ABC 15 News, Univision Communications, Reuters, The Arizona Daily Star, Nogales International and KJZZ radio station.

Real-World Experience. Learn by doing with hands-on skills classes, apprenticeships, internships in media outlets around the country and study-abroad classes in Italy. Walk away with a professional project to highlight in job interviews. One student produced a documentary about PFAS: The Subsurface Contaminators.

Southern Arizona. The Tucson area is an ideal place to study, live and explore. Everything is here – from the colorful Sonoran Desert to subalpine forests and from archaeological sites to national parks. 

Application Deadlines

  • For fall: Rolling deadline, preferably by Feb. 15, but applications will be accepted until April 1 from international students or July 1 from U.S. students
  • For spring: Rolling deadline, preferably by Aug. 1, but applications will be accepted until Sept. 1 from international students or Nov. 1 from U.S. students

Contact Us

For general questions:
E-mail: sbs-jour-grad@arizona.edu  

For advising questions:

Monica Chadha
Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies

For Bilingual Journalism Program questions:

Jessica Retis
Director, School of Journalism