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OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2021-22 
OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2021-22 [Archived Catalog]

Journalism - MS

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Master of Science in Journalism

Journalism – MS6931

(*MS6927 - Reserved for students participating in the Hong Kong Baptist Transfer Program)

Schoonover Center 200
1 Ohio University
Athens, Ohio 45701-2979

Delivery Mode: Athens Campus. Some elective classes may be offered online.

Terms of Entry: Fall, Spring, Summer

Program Overview

The master’s degree program in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism is one of the nation’s elite graduate study programs. It is designed for (1) students with a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication who wish to further their studies before entering the workforce; (2) students with an academic background outside journalism/mass communication who wish to gain an advanced degree and a solid foundation in journalism/mass communication skills; (3) journalism/mass communication professionals who wish to add skills in additional communication platforms; (4) professionals who seek a graduate degree to expand career opportunities; and (5) excellent students who wish to prepare for admission to a PhD program with a goal of conducting research and teaching journalism/mass communication at the university level.

The program provides opportunities to study professional journalism or prepare for further academic work by blending professionally oriented classes with mass communication principles, theory and research. Professional courses are available in data journalism, mobile journalism (including drones), podcasting, audio/video/broadcast journalism, magazine journalism, news writing/editing, strategic communication (public relations and advertising), and multimedia, which includes AR/VR, interactive design, web design and data visualization (with Media Arts and Studies and Visual Communication). The more theoretical courses teach students to apply principles of mass communication research and theory, focus on writing academic research papers of a quality to be presented at a conference and published in an academic journal, and prepare for application to a doctoral program.

See below for the double degree program offered in partnership with the University of Leipzig.

This is a two-year program. Normative time to complete the program is two academic years.

Program Learning Outcomes

Master’s students contribute to knowledge appropriate to the communications professions in which they work. All graduates should be able to comprehend and discuss appropriate areas below connected to their teaching, research and general fields of study, including:

  • understand and apply the principles and laws of freedom of speech and press for the country in which the institution that invites ACEJMC is located, as well as receive instruction in and understand the range of systems of freedom of expression around the world, including the right to dissent, to monitor and criticize power, and to assemble and petition for redress of grievances;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the history and role of professionals and institutions in shaping communications;
  • demonstrate an understanding of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and, as appropriate, other forms of diversity in domestic society in relation to mass communications; demonstrate an understanding of the diversity of peoples and cultures and of the significance and impact of mass communications in a global society;
  • understand concepts and apply theories in the use and presentation of images and information;
  • demonstrate an understanding of professional ethical principles and work ethically in pursuit of truth, accuracy, fairness and diversity;
  • think critically, creatively and independently;
  • conduct research and evaluate information by methods appropriate to the communications professions in which they work;
  • write correctly and clearly in forms and styles appropriate for the communications professions, audiences and purposes they serve;
  • critically evaluate their own work and that of others for accuracy and fairness, clarity, appropriate style and grammatical correctness;
  • apply basic numerical and statistical concepts;
  • apply current tools and technologies appropriate for the communications professions in which they work, and to understand the digital world.

Further Information

Link to Program: http://scrippsjschool.org/masters/ 

Contact Graduate Director Dr. Aimee Edmondson at edmondso@ohio.edu

Admission Requirements

Minimum qualifications for admission are a four-year bachelor’s degree; the GRE (verbal plus quantitative) Note: the GRE is not waivable; TOEFL of 100 or its equivalent for non-native-English speakers; IELTS score of at least 6.5 (out of 8) across all four bands: listening, speaking, reading, and writing; and a GPA of 3.0. Applicants do not need journalism or other mass communication experience or classes to apply.

Up to eight credit hours of transfer credit will be considered.

The application also requires:

  • Official transcripts from all universities previously attended.
  • Resume/CV
  • Statement of purpose
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Writing sample

International Students

This program permits full-time enrollment in residence at Ohio University, and an I-20 may be issued based on admission to this program.

Double degree with the University of Leipzig

  • The E.W. Scripps School of Journalism offers a double-degree with the University of Leipzig in Germany. The double degree is particularly attractive for students with an interest in a professional career in international journalism and global mass communi­cation, as well as for students who want to become scholars in journalism and mass commu­nication.
  • Students can complete the double master’s degree program within the normal 2-year period that the master’s program takes, with their third semester as the study abroad semester at Leipzig University (language of instruction: English).
  • Students must first be admitted into our master’s program and then apply separately for the double degree program, which provides up to five spots per year for selected students.
  • Students who receive funding from Ohio University (stipend and tuition waiver) will keep these benefits during their semester in Leipzig, while students who pay for their master’s program will save money because Leipzig University does not require tuition.

Link to Leipzig Double Degree Program:  http://scrippsjschool.org/masters/doubledegree.php

Graduation Requirements 

Complete a minimum of 38 credit hours as follows:


Students new to journalism must complete the following courses:


All students must complete the following courses, except for those that may be waived with the permission of the Graduate Director.


To fulfill remaining credit hour requirements, students may complete any courses at the 5000-level or higher. Only 3 thesis hours may be applied to degree requirements. Courses toward other capstone options may count toward the required 38 hours for the degree.

Culminating Experience

Master’s students must complete one of the following three options:

  • (min. 3 hrs)
  • Professional project. The student will research, write, and defend an original work demonstrating mastery of some set of mass communication skills. Examples of projects include video documentaries, magazine feature stories, public relations campaigns, web page designs, etc. The professional project must be supervised and approved by a committee of three faculty members.

  • (min. 1 hr)
  • Readings option. The student chooses a mass media topic to investigate and reads a series of books related to that topic assigned by a three-member faculty committee. The student defends a written synthesis/response to the readings. The student must also take at least two 8000-level courses beyond those specifically required for all students in the program.

  • (min. 3 hrs)
  • Thesis. The student will research, write, and defend a work of original scholarship related to the mass media. The thesis must be supervised and approved by a committee of three faculty members.


    A maximum of 3 credit hours in thesis or project hours may count toward the program requirements.

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