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Dual Degree: Journalism and Legal Studies

Dual Degree

This accelerated dual-degree program allows students to complete Master of Mass Communication and Master of Legal Studies degrees in two years. A collaboration between the Cronkite School and ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, this program provides opportunities for students who want to ground their journalism in a deep understanding of the law and legal issues and for students who want to apply a legal foundation to careers in media management, entrepreneurship, emerging technology or strategic communications.


Classes and Professional Programs

The standalone MMC requires 36 hours of coursework, and the standalone MLS requires 30 hours of coursework. In the dual-degree program, both schools accept up to six credits of coursework from the other partner, allowing students to complete both degrees with 54 credits of coursework.

Cronkite School

Graduate students begin with the foundational Master of Mass Communication “boot camp” experience, which prepares students to write and produce content for print, digital, radio and television platforms. Next, they take advanced-level classes in media research, business and economic reporting and 21st century media organizations and entrepreneurship. Students complete their Cronkite experience with a capstone experience in one of the Cronkite School’s professional immersion programs in Phoenix, Los Angeles or Washington, D.C.

Up to 6 credits of MLS coursework will be accepted toward this degree.

Cronkite News Phoenix: Students produce a daily newscast on Arizona PBS that reaches 1.9 million households and digital content for cronkitenews.azpbs.org, Cronkite News social platforms and partner sites across Arizona.

Cronkite News Washington: Students cover Congress, the White House and the U.S. Supreme Court for Cronkite News and partner newsrooms.

Cronkite Noticias: Students produce Spanish-language news for digital and broadcast platforms in collaboration with Univision Arizona.

Carnegie-Knight News21: Students produce major national investigations in partnership with newsrooms such as The Washington Post and NBCNews.com.

New Media Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lab: Journalism, engineering, design and business students work
together to create cutting-edge digital products and launch
new businesses.

Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law

Students begin with U.S. Law and Legal Analysis and a 3-5 credit foundational course in constitutional law, civil or criminal procedure, contracts, business organizations or intellectual property. Students then complete their remaining 22-24 hours of legal coursework by choosing electives that align with their interests and career objectives.

Up to 6 credits offered for the MMC will be accepted toward this degree.

Students can choose from a vast array of courses at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. We offer here a selection of possibilities.

Borderlands and Immigration Issues

Immigration Law

Cross-border Investigations

International Human Rights Law

Civil Rights Law and History

Civil Rights Legislation

Employment Discrimination

Constitutional Law I

Constitutional Law II

Federal Indian Law I

Federal Indian Law II

Public International Law

National Security Law

Natural Resources Law

Claims Against Governmental Entities

Business Journalism and Entrepreneurship

Business Organizations

Employment Discrimination

Law, Accounting, and Finance

Privacy, Big Data and Emerging Technologies

Working with Accounting Expert Witnesses

Sports and Entertainment Law

Antitrust

Class Actions

Contracts

Artificial Intelligence Law

Health Care Fraud Investigation

Intellectual Property

Mergers and Acquisitions

Securities Regulation

Products Liability

Patent Law

Criminal Justice System

Civil Pretrial Practice

Civil Procedure

Class Actions

Criminal Law

Criminal Procedure

Death Penalty

Evidence

Victims in Criminal Procedure

White Collar Crime

Health Care Fraud Investigation

Federal Courts

The State Attorneys General

Supreme Court

Juvenile Law

Government and Legislative Reporting

Legislative Process and Principles

Legislative Advocacy and the Law

Legislation in Modern State

Election Law

Conflicts of Laws

Constitutional Law

Government Relations

Separation of Powers

The State Attorneys General

Health and Science Coverage

FDA Regulation

Public Health Law and Ethics

Genetics and the Law

Class Actions

Health Care Fraud Investigation

Health Technologies, Innovation and Law

Neuroscience, Law and Ethics

Environmental Law

Biotechnology, Science & Law

Nanotechnology

Water Law

Law, Science and Technology

Natural Resources Law

Sexuality and the Law

Death Penalty

Patent Law

Accountability Reporting

Election Law

Administrative Agencies and Regulations

Criminal Procedure

Evidence

White Collar Crime

Separation of Powers

Privacy

Legislative Process and Principles

Claims Against Governmental Entities

Class Actions

Constitutional Law I

Civil Rights Law and History

Civil Rights Legislation

American Indian and Tribal Issues

Federal Indian Law I

Federal Indian Law II

Constitutional Law I

Constitutional Law II

Indian Gaming Law

Cross-border Investigations

Natural Resources Law

Civil Rights Law and History

Civil Rights Legislation

Employment Discrimination

Class Actions

Social Issues

Death Penalty

Education Law

Employment Discrimination

Environmental Law

Genetics and the Law

Juvenile Law

Health Technologies, Innovation and the Law

Law and Psychology

Law, Science and Technology

Sexuality and the Law

Punishment, Mercy, Forgiveness

Public Health Law and Ethics

Sustainability and Environmental Reporting

Agricultural Law

Energy Law and Policy

Environmental Law

FDA Regulation

Biotechnology, Science and Law

Water Law

Public Health Law and Ethics

Law, Science and Technology

Natural Resources Law

Utility Law and Regulation

Health Care Fraud Investigation

Land Use Planning

Technology, Big Data and Digital Audiences

Privacy, Big Data and Emerging Technologies

Artificial Intelligence Law

Cyberspace Law

Nanotechnology

Privacy

Law, Science and Technology

Patent Law

Civil Rights Law and History

Civil Rights Legislation

Constitutional Law I

Constitutional Law II


Application Requirements

Applicants submit applications to the MMC and MLS degree programs separately.

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree in a closely related field from a regionally accredited institution.

They must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of a student's first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.

Applications to the Cronkite School MMC program are considered on a rolling basis beginning Sept. 1. Applications received before Dec. 1 are given priority consideration for admissions and funding. July 1 is the final application deadline.

All applicants must submit:

  • Graduate admission application and application fee
  • Official transcripts
  • Scores on the quantitative and verbal sections of the GRE, with the verbal score being particularly important to the journalism school's graduate committee
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement of interest (350 to 500 words in length)
  • Resume
  • Proof of English proficiency

Applicants apply to the standalone Master of Legal Studies program through the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.

An applicant whose native language is not English (regardless of current residency) must provide proof of English proficiency. TOEFL scores must be at least 600 for the paper-based examination and 100 for the Internet-based.

Students should see the program website for application deadlines and admission terms. Applicants must meet all deadlines and application requirements to be considered.

The Cronkite School's graduate committee reviews complete and on-time applications. Recommendations for admission are made to Graduate Admission Services, where the final admission decisions are made.