The University of Alabama

M.A. On Campus
24 months
30250 USD/year
30250 USD/year
10780 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Department of Journalism and Creative Media offers the Master of Arts degree with a major in Journalism at The University of Alabama.


Key Features

Students work closely with a faculty dedicated to the principles and practices of sound journalism and scholarly inquiry. The Journalism program at The University of Alabama offers three options for study:

  • Individuals who seek in-depth knowledge and mastery of one or more of the subfields and methodologies of journalism — for example, mass communication history, mass communication law, mass communication theory and methods. These individuals typically follow Plan I (see below) and go on to pursue doctorates. Those with significant experience in the journalism field may teach without the PhD degree.
  • Individuals who seek to work professionally in writing, editing, visual journalism, electronic news and/or digital journalism, and who wish to develop conceptual knowledge of the field, as well as critical-thinking and problem-solving skills. These students typically follow Plan II (see below).
  • Individuals who wish to earn graduate credit through distance education can enroll in our online journalism program. This program is ideal for journalists eager to expand their knowledge base, individuals looking to start a career in news, and those interested in teaching in the field of journalism.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Orientation to Graduate Studies
  • Depth Reporting
  • Media Production Tools (instruction in digital technologies)
  • Journalism Theory and Research
  • History of Journalism and the First Amendment
  • Contemporary Issues and Ethics in Journalism
  • Producing Community Journalism
  • Master’s Project
  • Practicum in Community News
  • Seminar in Professional Journalism (newsroom internship in Anniston)

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




31 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • An online application form
  • Application fee payment
  • Statement of purpose
  • Unofficial admission scores (GRE, GMAT, MAT or MCAT; if required by the department)
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Language scores (non-native English speakers)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    30250 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15125 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    30250 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15125 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    10780 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5390 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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