Dual Master's Degree with Public Administration and Journalism

The School of Journalism now offers five dual degrees in partnership with other units in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.  This dual degree program allows you 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.

Candidates for the dual degrees must apply to both units. They must complete an application form and pay an application fee for each unit.

Suggested dual-degree requirements are listed below:

Dual-degree MPA/Journalism – (60 units)

Journalism Courses (15 units) 
JOUR 506 Introductory and Advanced Reporting
JOUR 507 Reporting with Multimedia
JOUR 508 Journalism Theory and Practice
JOUR 509 International and U.S. Media Law
JOUR 547 Government Secrecy

Master of Public Administration Courses (30 units)
All 24 units of the MPA core (which can be found here)
Capstone course – 3 units (PA 594, to be taken during the final Spring semester prior to graduation)
MPA Internship – 3 units 

Shared Journalism/Public Administration Courses (15 units)
JOUR 505 Media Apprenticeship
JOUR 520 Digital Communication Law
JOUR 539 Ethics and the News Media 
JOUR 590 C,F or JOUR 597D (choose 1) 
JOUR 909 Project or JOUR 910 Thesis

Dual-degree MPA/Journalism – International Journalism Studies track (60 units)
Master of Public Administration Courses (33 units)

All 24 units of the MPA core (which can be found here)
One 3 unit MPA elective
Capstone course – 3 units (PA 594, to be taken during the final Spring semester prior to graduation)
MPA Internship – 3 units 

Journalism Courses (12 units)
JOUR 508 Journalism Theory and Practice 
JOUR 509 International and U.S. Media Law (toward MPA Area of Concentration)
JOUR 589 Research Methods
JOUR 910 Thesis

Shared International Journalism Courses (choose 15 units from below)
JOUR 560 International Media Systems 
JOUR 596L U.S. Press and Latin America
JOUR 565 Issues in Covering Science and the Environment
JOUR 573 Reporting the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands
JOUR 596F Media Coverage of International Crises
JOUR 597C Coups and Earthquakes: Reporting the World

Admission to the Dual Degree Program
Applicants must apply to, and be accepted by, both units to qualify for admission to the dual degree program. An interdisciplinary committee from the two units will review and make a recommendation about any student who has been accepted by both units and has indicated that he or she wishes to earn dual degrees. Candidates need to complete an application form and pay an application fee for each unit.

Transfer Credit
A request to transfer must be submitted to the Graduate College, in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies or Graduate Adviser in each unit, by the end of the first year. Many of these transfer units may be applicable to requirements in either degree program, or may count toward the additional units required of the student.

Thesis
By the end of the second semester of enrollment, students must assemble a thesis committee of at least three faculty members, one of whom serves as the thesis adviser.

The adviser and at least one other committee member must be a tenured or tenure-track faculty member in Public Administration, and at least one must be a faculty member in the School of Journalism. The committee must be approved by the Director of Graduate Studies or Graduate Adviser in each unit. 

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