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The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication's 12-month MMC 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.
This 36-credit hour program begins with a multimedia "boot camp" in which students learn to report and produce content for digital and broadcast platforms. 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. Students learn how to navigate a dramatically different 21st-century media environment through classes and a symposium specifically focused on the future of journalism. The program culminates in a professional immersion experience in one of the Cronkite School's news bureaus in Los Angeles, Phoenix or Washington, D.C. Working under the guidance of award-winning journalists, these capstone programs offer real-world experience in a professional news environment.
The Cronkite School is housed in a world-class facility in the heart of downtown Phoenix, the nation's fifth largest city and 12th largest media market. The school is also home to Arizona PBS. Student journalists can walk to the state's largest newspaper, to the NBC and Fox television affiliates, and they are in walking distance to cover major events at city hall, at county, state and federal agencies and at major sporting and cultural venues.
The cornerstone of the graduate program is the journalism school's professional programs:
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.