The Department of Journalism offers the master of arts degree with a major in journalism. Students work closely with a faculty dedicated to the principles and practices of sound journalism and scholarly inquiry.
This traditional two-year master’s degree (http://jn.ua.edu/graduate-programs/research-track-2-year/) is well suited for applicants who plan to continue their graduate studies and pursue a doctorate, though many graduates have gone on to teach and/or practice journalism. The research track is designed for individuals who seek in-depth knowledge of some journalism-related topic or question, and the ability to gain this knowledge through systematic research. Topics may fall within a number of areas, including news media’s effects on society; issues or problems related to news content; problems within the journalism field or industry; journalism history; media law; and many others.
Often, individuals who pursue this track have some professional journalism background and are interested in pursuing a Ph.D. or teaching. However, the track is open to recent B.A. recipients and those with no journalism background.
The Department’s one-year master’s program in Community Journalism (http://jn.ua.edu/graduate-programs/professional-track-1-year/) is best suited for applicants who plan to pursue or continue a career in journalism. The program emphasizes the role of news media in communities (including small towns, urban areas or other kinds of communities), and is operated in partnership with the award-winning Anniston Star newspaper. This professional track is designed for those who seek to work professionally in writing, editing, visual journalism and/or digital journalism, but who also wish to develop their conceptual knowledge of the field, as well as critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.
Most who pursue this track have some educational background in journalism, but limited professional experience. However, the program is open to those with no or limited journalism education.
The program has an impressive record of job placements. In the first seven years of our Community Journalism program, more than 80% of our graduates were working full time in journalism or were furthering their education within six months of graduation. This rate is significantly higher than the national average over the same period, according to the Annual Surveys of Journalism and Mass Communication Graduates.