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Journalism, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months


The Department of Journalism offers a 4 + 1 program leading to the Master of Science in Journalism for undergraduates enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Journalism program at the University of Illinois. Students can apply for this program in the first semester of their junior year and will be encouraged to select their remaining undergraduate journalism elective courses at the 200- and 300-level from courses listed in the professional option other than the one they elected to follow in completing their undergraduate degree.

As graduate students, they will enroll in a minimum of four advanced electives at the 400- and 500-levels, in addition to required graduate courses. Electives may be in areas inside or outside Journalism to allow them to pursue a topical specialization. Those electives would require the approval of the Director of Graduate Studies. Students with approved undergraduate journalism degrees from other institutions also are eligible to apply for this sequence. Those without undergraduate degrees in Journalism -- and who do not qualify for the deep knowledge or Sequence 2 track -- will be required to take Multimedia Storytellingas an elective.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Journalism Proseminar
  • Master's Project
  • Current Issues in Journalism

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    32 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. institution or one of recognized standing abroad. A grade point average of 3.0 (A = 4.0) is the minimum requirement for admission to the Graduate College, with exceptions by petition only. 
  • It is imperative that all applicants supply writing samples. Letters of recommendation are required, and the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required of all applicants who do not have either an undergraduate journalism degree from the University of Illinois or an approved post-secondary degree. An interview with the head of the department or director of graduate studies is helpful but not required.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    27412 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 27412 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    27412 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 27412 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • In-State

    12688 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12688 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Urbana

  • 1100 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

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