Graduate Programs - Master’s Degree in Journalism

Cronkite Graduate Programs Masters Degree in Journalism

The Cronkite School has two graduate programs in journalism: the Master of Arts in Sports Journalism and the Master of Mass Communication.

The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication’s 12-month master’s degree program uses the “teaching hospital” method to immerse students in the practice of journalism and prepare them for careers in today’s rapidly evolving media industry.

If you're considering graduate school for journalism, there's no better place to come than Cronkite, which stands out from any other graduate school of journalism. The full-time journalism graduate program is unique among schools with journalism programs in its scope, focus and intensity. It begins with a “boot camp” experience where students learn the reporting skills, values and principles embodied by Walter Cronkite, the school’s guiding light for the past three decades. But it also is designed with the future in mind. Students learn how to navigate a dramatically different 21st-century media environment through classes and a symposium specifically focused on the future of journalism. And they are able to apply that knowledge through an intensive, practical experience in one of the school’s signature professional programs spanning broadcast journalism, sports journalism and other arenas.

Students do all of this in a world-class facility in the heart of downtown Phoenix, the nation’s sixth largest city and 13th largest media market. The school also is the home of Arizona PBS and student journalists can walk to the state’s largest newspaper, the NBC affiliate and Fox News, or to cover major events at city hall; county, state and federal agencies; and at major sporting and cultural venues.

Professional programs:

Cronkite School master’s degree students complete the last semester of the degree program in a full-time, professional experience that builds their portfolios and prepares them for careers in media. Few schools of journalism can rival the number, diversity and intensity of immersive experiences available to Cronkite graduate students.

  • Cronkite News – Broadcast
  • The award-winning Cronkite News broadcast airs daily on Arizona PBS, with top professionals guiding student anchors, reporters, producers, editors and production staff.

  • Cronkite News – Phoenix Bureau
  • Students in the Cronkite News bureau in Phoenix produce stories across media platforms for 30-plus professional news outlets, covering stories from the Statehouse to the Mexico border.

  • Cronkite News – Washington Bureau
  • Students in the Cronkite Washington bureau cover the nation’s capital, producing digital and TV stories for Cronkite News and a range of professional media outlets.

  • Cronkite News – Digital Production
  • Students serve as Web producers for the Cronkite News website and work with students in other Cronkite News bureaus to create and showcase multimedia content.

  • Cronkite News – LA Sports Bureau
  • Students spend a semester in the Los Angeles bureau focusing on professional and intercollegiate sports stories in southern California.

  • Cronkite News – Phoenix Sports Bureau
  • Students in the Cronkite News sports bureau in Phoenix cover MLB spring training for major market news outlets across the country.

  • Reynolds Business Bureau
  • Business journalism students produce stories on all platforms, focusing on business, finance and the economy for Cronkite News and regional news outlets.

  • New Media Innovation Lab
  • An entrepreneurial digital lab teams Cronkite students with computer engineering, design and business students to create cutting-edge media products.

  • Public Relations Lab
  • A strategic communications agency puts advanced PR students to work developing campaigns and strategies for Fortune 500 companies, nonprofit organizations and other clients.

  • Public Insight Network Bureau
  • Students work with professional news organizations around the country to mine news sources, engage audiences and generate story ideas in partnership with American Public Media.

Signature programs
Cronkite graduate students can add to their skills and expertise by taking specialized courses in some of the fastest-growing areas of journalism.

  • Carnegie-Knight News21
  • This investigative, multimedia reporting project brings together top journalism students from around the country in a seminar and an immersive 10-week reporting experience. Each year, News21 fellows report in-depth on a topic of national significance, such as voting rights and issues facing post-9/11 veterans. Publication partners include The Washington Post, and the Center for Public Integrity.

  • Immigration and Border Reporting
  • A Latino seminar immerses students in the history, culture and social and political issues of concern to Latino communities. Students move on to an in-depth, multimedia reporting class that includes an immersive reporting experience abroad. Students have traveled to Mexico, Canada, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, and their work has been recognized three times in the past five years with the prestigious international Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award.

  • Business Journalism
  • Students interested in pursuing business journalism on-air, on the Web or in print can take specialized classes in business issues and business reporting. Many students go on to work at high-profile media outlets that include Bloomberg, Reuters, CNN Money, the Los Angeles Times and CNBC.

Students have the chance to study under a remarkable faculty of national journalism leaders. They include former Minneapolis Star Tribune Editor Tim McGuire, former BET Vice President Retha Hill, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Steve Doig, and Pulitzer-Prize-winning editor Jacquee Petchel, former executive editor of the Sacramento Bee Rick Rodriguez and Leonard Downie Jr., longtime executive editor of The Washington Post.

Other veterans head up the school’s professional immersion programs, which are a cornerstone of the graduate program experience.

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