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Program at a Glance

Offered Part-Time
Part-Time only
Start Date
Early September
20 Months
Credit Hours
30 Credits
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Application Requirements
Statement of purpose
Transcripts from all previous post-secondary institutions
Two letters of recommendation
Portfolio (optional)
How to Apply

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Journalism and Digital Storytelling (MA)

Offered by the School of Communication, this weekend MA program is designed for working professionals whose schedules make Saturday classes an excellent alternative to full-time study. This innovative master's program offers intensive instruction in multiplatform reporting with a focus on cutting-edge online storytelling skills using data and data visualizations, audio, video and photography. This focus on storytelling through the written word and new technology allows the student, much like the industry, adaptability and flexibility in today's ever-changing media marketplace.

Admission to the Program

In addition to meeting the minimum university requirements for graduate study, official transcripts, two letters of recommendation, and a 1,000-word essay on the applicant's commitment to pursuing graduate study in the program are submitted with the application.

International students whose first language is not English should take the TOEFL or IELTS examination to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Degree Requirements

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