New dual degree, accelerated master’s latest enhancements to UA School of Journalism’s graduate program -- January 2011

The University of Arizona School of Journalism is teaming up with the School of Government and Public Policy to offer a dual master’s degree, one of several enhancements made to the graduate-level offerings since the journalism school re-opened admission to its master’s program in fall 2008.

The dual degree program allows a student to earn a Master of Arts degree in Journalism (M.A.) and a Master of Public Administration (M.P. A.) in three years, including two summer internships. Students in this program typically take their first year of required graduate coursework in public administration (18 units) before beginning graduate coursework in journalism.

The School of Journalism offers master’s degree programs for students wishing to become working journalists in the United States or abroad, as well as for those interested in studying the theory and role of journalism in a global society. The School also offers dual master’s degrees in Latin American Studies and Near Eastern Studies.

The professional-option curriculum in the School of Journalism is well suited to students who obtained their bachelor’s degrees in other fields and want to become journalists, for journalism students recently out of school seeking more advanced training or for journalists wanting to advance their careers. The international journalism studies option enables students to explore international media models, the effects of media coverage, media law, ethics and more.

Other enhancements to the program include offering an Accelerated Master’s Program (AMP) that enables undergraduate students who have a minimum 3.3 GPA and have completed at least 75 undergraduate credit hours to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree in five years. Students apply for admission in second semester of their junior year. If they are accepted into the program, they can take 12 graduate credits in their fourth year and at least 15 credits in their fifth year, of which 12 units are electives and three are for the final project or thesis.

“This program is an excellent opportunity for our best undergraduates to hone their skills and earn a master’s degree in half the usual timeframe,” said Linda Lumsden, the School’s director of graduate studies.

Faculty with extensive journalism experience throughout the world create a particularly strong international curriculum. They include the former chief international foreign correspondent for The Associated Press, a New York Times best-selling author who has worked extensively in Latin America and the former leader of a group teaching Iraqi journalists how to develop independent news reports.

To learn more about the program, visit the graduate school site or e-mail Graduate Coordinator Paul Johnson at prj@email.arizona.edu.

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