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Immerse yourself in our journalism master’s programs and see why our students choose Cronkite

Maya Patrose anchors Cronkite News

Launch your media career with the Cronkite School's graduate journalism programs.

The journalism graduate programs at Cronkite are unlike any other. Students get to immerse themselves in professional programs located in Phoenix, Washington D.C. and Los Angeles as well as report on events including elections and the Olympics.

Our alumni find themselves prepared for the real world because of the hands-on learning Cronkite's graduate programs offer.

The students highlighted here come from all different backgrounds including a producer, an activist, a digital producer and a business school graduate-turned-sports journalist.

Cronkite's master's degrees in journalism and sports journalism provide students with the opportunity to pursue their passions. These current and former students show what it means to have a master's in journalism.

"At Cronkite, the professional connections and recognition are incomparable." -Gabriel Sandler

"Through the master’s program, Cronkite has provided coursework that’s professionally focused.

I chose the journalism master’s program because the 4+1 program seemed like a convenient opportunity and means to specialize in a media area. For example, I was able to intern with the ACLU and develop my research skills on the Cronkite News investigative team. The master’s program represented more opportunities. Through the master’s program, Cronkite has provided coursework that’s professionally focused. Advanced skill development, like data journalism, and the general mentorship available through Cronkite programs, is extremely valuable. At Cronkite, the professional connections and recognition are incomparable. The resources we have to engage a wide community, like the PIN bureau, are unique and valuable. I think the skills I’ve gotten at Cronkite are transferable across industries that value ethics, communications skills and media intelligence. At the very least, a master’s is a gateway to more job choices and career advancement, but I’ve also used the master’s to develop skills that will be most practical for my career interests." Gabriel Sandler, Master of Mass Communication, expected 2018

"An opportunity that I believe is unmatched at any journalism school across the country" -Maya Patrose

"I chose a journalism master’s program because I’ve always been someone who needs to be prepared for anything. I really value the additional opportunities that would be available to me, especially outside the news media, with a master’s degree in my back pocket. The Cronkite School’s 4+1 program was too good an opportunity to pass up. Additionally, I felt like there was more I could learn during my time at Cronkite. I wanted another opportunity to work in Cronkite News, to continue producing in the 11th market. Doing news at this level while still in school is an opportunity that I believe is unmatched at any journalism school across the country. I can continue building my producer reel at a level higher than I could do professionally at many smaller markets." Maya Patrose, Master of Mass Communication, expected 2018

“I chose a master's in journalism to follow a dream.” -Alex Caprariello

"The Cronkite School has provided me the knowledge to excel in my chosen field. Formerly a business undergraduate student, I decided I might not have followed the path meant for me. I saw the opportunities being presented to students at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and decided that was for me. Two years later, I walked across the stage with a master’s degree in sports journalism. I now am an anchor and reporter in a top 100 market. I couldn’t have done that without the education I received from not only educators, but also professionals in the broadcast journalism industry. The Cronkite School also gave me the hands-on opportunities to not only learn, but also practice my craft in real-life situations to hone my skills. The Cronkite School’s location in downtown Phoenix offers students a chance to learn real storytelling in a top 10 market. Whether it’s practicing politics at the capitol or interviewing athletes from any of the major sports franchises in the Valley, you can’t beat the options you’ll find in Phoenix. I plan on pursuing my career in broadcast TV journalism for years to come. While everyday I learn something new, that only enhances the solid backbone of journalism ethics and standards that I received from a master’s at Cronkite." Alex Caprariello, M.A. Sports Journalism, 2016

"The master's program has really challenged me to widen my skill set as a journalist." -Tynin Fries

"I think the journalism master’s program gives students a lot of freedom for what they want to get out of it, which is unique. The reason I chose the journalism master’s program was primarily because I could complete it in one year. They allow undergrads to start the program while they are in undergrad so it is really just a great deal. The master's program has really challenged me to widen my skill set as a journalist. In my undergrad I primarily focused on digital producing but the master's program has allowed me to also get experience in social media producing and photography. I think the journalism master's program gives students a lot of freedom for what they want to get out of it, which is unique. My master's degree allows me to have a one-up on other fresh-out-of-college students. I have more experience and more expertise than the majority of journalists. Plus, it will help me get into newsroom leadership positions in the future." Tynin Fries, Master of Mass Communication, expected 2018

“Cronkite is the only school I applied to. I wanted to be able to say that I was taught at one of the best journalism schools in the country.” -Nkiruka Omeronye

"They provided me with a genuine feel of what it would be like working in the field. I got hands-on reporter experience and loved having work to show potential employers. I also loved having a network of faculty with years of experience guide me as I grew as a reporter." Nkiruka Omeronye, Master of Mass Communication, 2017

Learn more about our master's programs here.