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The Cronkite master's in mass communication is design to be completed in 12 months. This 36-credit hour program begins with a multimedia “boot camp." From there, students dive deeper into advanced courses in broadcast production, investigative reporting, online media, business reporting, Spanish-language news, transborder coverage or digital media entrepreneurship. The program culminates in a professional immersion experience in one of the Cronkite School's news bureaus in Phoenix and Washington, D.C. Working under the guidance of award-winning journalists, these capstone programs offer real-world experience in a professional news environment.
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.
36 credit hours including the required capstone course (MCO 570)
Students with extensive professional experience may have the option to complete a 30-credit master's degree in the school's Mid-Career Master's Program
Required Core (20 credit hours)
MCO 502 Journalism Skills (8)
MCO 503 Media Law (3)
MCO 510 Data Journalism (3)
MCO 525 21st-Century Media Organization and Entrepreneurship (3)
MCO 530 History, Philosophy, and Ethics of Journalism (3)
Electives (6 credit hours)
Other Requirements (1 credit hour)
MCO 598 ST: Lab Observation (1)
Culminating Experience (9 credit hours)
MCO 570 Master of Mass Communication Capstone (9)
Additional Curriculum Information
The master's degree program is a full-time, 36 credit hour program. Students with extensive professional journalism experience may be offered the opportunity to pursue the 30 credit hour mid-career option.
Students should see the academic unit for a complete list of approved electives.
Cronkite graduate students regularly cover major news in Arizona as well as around the world, producing broadcast and digital stories for Cronkite News.
Cronkite alumni accept internships and jobs at leading journalism and communications companies around the world, including:
"Nothing could have prepared me more for my work at CNN than the Cronkite School. Cronkite truly prepared me for the many lenses a journalist must look through when working on international news stories."
Samuel Burke, anchor and correspondent, CNN
The graduate application opens Sept. 1. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Applications received before Dec. 1 are given priority for both admission and funding. The final application deadline is July 1.
Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree 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.
All applicants must submit: