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MS/JD Journalism/Law Joint Degree

Curriculum Requirements:
To receive the M.S./J.D., a student must complete a minimum of 108 credit hours. Of these, at least, 81 credit hours must be from courses offered by the School of Law and 28 must be from the master’s program in journalism.

Students in the joint degree program should note that while the School of Law requires a 2.0 grade point average in J.D. coursework to remain in good standing and for graduation, the master’s degree in Journalism follows the Graduate School regulation requiring a 3.0 cumulative grade point average for coursework that is counted toward the M.S. portion of the joint degree.

In planning their enrollments, students should inform themselves of course prerequisites and plan their course schedules accordingly. Please refer to the J-School and Law School web sites for the most current information about admission and graduation requirements: Journalism and Law.  

Graduate Program at a Glance:

* Note: Individual courses may have additional prerequisites.

Mass Communications (37 hours) and Joint Degree in Journalism in Law

Marketing Communications (30 hours)

Foundation Core Courses (16 hours)

JOUR 801 Media and Communication Theory (3)
JOUR 802 Media Communication Methods (3)
JOUR 803 Research in Action (3)
JOUR 804 Qualitative Research or JOUR 805 Quantitative Research (3)
EPSY 710/711 Intro to Statistics (4)

Marketing or media-related experience: 
2 years

Advanced Courses (12 hours)

JOUR 840 Seminar (3)
JOUR 840 Seminar (3)
JOUR 851 Professional Skills I or Elective (3)
Elective (3)
Elective (3)
Elective (3)
(Other J500+ level courses)

Core Courses (12 hours)

JOUR 820 Marketing Fundamentals (Fall) (3) or JOUR 840 Marketing Fundamentals II (3)
JOUR 828 Financial Fundamentals (3) or JOUR 840 Financial Fundamentals II
JOUR 829 Marketing Communications Research (Spring) (3)
JOUR 850 Capstone Course in Marketing Communications (3)

Thesis (3 hours) 

JOUR 899 Thesis (3)

Professional Courses (18 hours)

Students must complete 18 hours of Professional Courses of their choice in the following areas:

JOUR 819 Writing for Marketing Communications (3)

JOUR 821 Integrated Marketing Communications & Sales Strategies (3)

JOUR 822 Database Development and Management (3)

JOUR 823 Branding in Marketing Communications (3)

JOUR 824 Creative Process (3)

JOUR 825 Relationship Marketing (3)

JOUR 826 Innovation in the Management of Marketing Communications (3)

JOUR 827 Marketing Ethics (3)

JOUR 831 Technology in Marketing Communications (3)

JOUR 832 Leadership and Management in Marketing Communications (3)

JOUR 834 International and Multi-cultural Marketing Communications (3)

JOUR 840 Seminar in: ___ (3) May be taken twice on different topics

Graduate Degree Requirements (All Courses of Study):

All Journalism master’s candidates must complete a minimum of 30 graduate credit hours in Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC) and 37 graduate credit hours in Mass Communications with at least a B (3.0) average. In addition, students must complete Core Course requirements, Professional Course requirements and Advanced Course requirements.

Core Course Requirements: The core graduate courses help student develop research and critical thinking skills.

Advanced Course Requirements: A Mass Communications student must complete a project/thesis. Two seminars on topics of current research or professional practice help students explore and learn to present research findings.

Enrollment Requirements after Completing Course Requirements: A student must enroll for at least 3 hours of credit in the semester in which he or she graduates. The student must complete 3 hours of JOUR 899 (Thesis/Project).

Enrollment in Elective Courses Outside the School: Up to 6 credit hours of course work may be completed outside the School, with the approval of the graduate director or graduate committee. Students who wish to take a course or courses outside the School must have permission from both the instructor of the course and from the School. The student should submit a written proposal to the Graduate Director and should indicate how the course contributes to her/his master’s program.

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Graduate Admission Questions?

Admission questions may be directed to our graduate academic advisor, Jammie Johnson (785-864-7649), or our associate dean of graduate studies, Matt Tidwell (913-897-8416).

Also refer to the Graduate Handbook.

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