Graduate Program

About the Program

The Master of Arts in Journalism is an interdisciplinary program offering students advanced study of journalism combined with a secondary emphasis in another field. Students choose from three concentrations in journalism: Documentary Film, News Narratives, or Strategic Advertising & Public Relations.

The program requires 30 hours of coursework: 18 hours of graduate credit in journalism, 6 hours in a second field, and 6 hours of thesis credit. Students have chosen second fields such as political science, history, English, communication and art. They have the option to pursue a traditional research thesis, create a documentary film or produce a special thesis project.

The first step in admission to the Journalism MA program is approval by the UA Graduate School. Requirements for the Journalism MA program include:

  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 on the last 60 credit hours of attempted coursework from a regionally accredited institution.
  • A total GRE score of 300, with a minimum of 151 on the verbal component, and a score of 4.5 on the writing component.
  • A statement of purpose.
  • A current resume.
  • 3 letters of recommendation.
  • A degree in journalism, and/or professional experience in the field. Applicants who lack either of these may be admitted with the requirement that they take 6 to 12 hours of specific undergraduate coursework and earn a grade of at least a B as background for entering the graduate program.

If you would like more information, click here for answers to frequently asked questions about the Journalism MA. You should also check the Journalism MA Graduate Handbook which is a comprehensive guide to the program. Prospective, current and new graduate students in the Journalism MA program can use the Journalism MA Checklist for a quick link to forms and procedures.

Interested in applying? Applications are handled online through the UA Graduate School at  http://graduate-and-international.uark.edu. Look under Graduate and Future Students. The UA Graduate School website also provides a wealth of information about the university’s graduate programs. 

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