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The Cronkite School has two graduate programs in journalism: the Master of Arts in Sports Journalism and the Master of Mass Communication. A specialization in business journalism teaches students in-demand skills covering economics and finance. Scholarships and assistantships are available for students in this program.
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 12th 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.
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. Professional programs include a nightly television news broadcast on Arizona PBS, digital reporting bureaus in Phoenix, Washington and Los Angeles, a business reporting bureau, an entrepreneurial digital innovation lab, a digital production bureau and a newsgathering and civic journalism bureau.
Scholarships and assistantships are available for students.