Journalism (MA/MS)

Ed Madison
Associate Professor, Interim Director, Journalism Master's Program
Phone: 541-346-9140
Office: 324 Allen Hall

In our full-time, one-year Journalism master’s program in Eugene, students master the fundamentals of journalism, including story research and development, investigative journalism, fact-finding, writing, broadcasting, and multimedia production. The program is designed for students with little or no academic or professional media background who want to acquire professional skills within an intellectual context. 

The 46-credit program begins with a summer of background and preparatory work and is followed by three quarters of coursework, the final quarter of which is devoted to the creation of a professional project or completing an internship. This program is offered on our main campus in Eugene. 

Admission Process

Please visit the program's website.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Understand and analyze journalism's role in society.
  • Apply research and reporting skills to produce journalistic stories.
  • Use multimedia skills to produce journalistic stories across platforms.
  • Understand and analyze the economics and delivery of contemporary news and media.
  • Identify news story structures and demonstrate an ability to write clearly.
  • Demonstrate an ability to produce and showcase professional, ­quality work.

The Eugene-based Journalism master's program is geared toward students of all backgrounds. It serves students who've worked professionally and are looking to expand their skills as well as students who are new to the field. No previous journalistic experience is required for admission.

Note: Please review the SOJC graduate student handbook for updated program requirements, which do not yet appear in the catalog:

Journalism Requirements

J 508Workshop: [Topic] (Reporting and Information Strategies) 14
J 508Workshop: [Topic] (Visual Studies in Journalism)4
J 561Newspaper Editing 24
J 611Mass Communication and Society4
J 562Reporting II4
J 563Specialized Reporting: [Topic] (Story Development)4
J 563Specialized Reporting: [Topic] (Advanced Story Development)4
Elective graduate courses 312-24
J 604Internship: [Topic]4-6
or J 609 Terminal Project
J 589Media Entrepreneurship4
Total Credits48-62