Retention and Graduation Rates

Department of Journalism and Strategic Media faculty and staff have an excellent record of helping students to succeed in our program. In 2014, the Department received special recognition from the College of Communication and Fine Arts for its academic advising. The Department is consistently among the best in the university for its 6-year graduation rate.

Retention

Data from the University of Memphis Office of Institutional Research show the percentage of students as retained by the Department of Journalism and Strategic Media as they progressed through the program. Because the university limits freshmen on declaring a major, cohort level data is based on a student's declaration in a JRSM major.

Undergraduate  Cohort 2nd year 3rd year 4th year
2012         87.1% 82.2% 78.7%
2013             84.7% 78.8% 77.2%
2014 86.2% 81.1% 54.9%*
2015 87.7% 45%* TBD
2016 TBD* TBD TBD
Graduate Cohort 2nd year
2012 83.1%
2013 73.0%
2014 79.1%
2015 87.1%
2016  TBD
2017  TBD

* Notes: Beginning in Fall 2016, Journalism and Strategic Media transitioned from a journalism major with concentrations in advertising, news and public relations to three majors of advertising, journalism and public relations. Because many students transferred majors within JRSM to take advantage of this opportunity, retention data from 2014 onward is incomplete at the present time. Historical data may change over time to reflect students who left JRSM and returned.


Graduation

Data from the University of Memphis Office of Institutional Research show the number of degrees in the Department of Journalism and Strategic Media awarded per academic year.

Year BA MA
2012-13 67 13
2013-14 68 14
2014-15 58 12
2015-16 79 15
2016-17 74 11

Data from the University of Memphis Office of Institutional Research show the average years to the degree since joining the Department of Journalism and Strategic Media (JRSM) and the since joining the university measured in the year of graduation. Many students enter the university without a major and choose it within the first year. Additionally, the university has a high percentage of students who enter as transfers with community college or other university credit.

Undergraduate Graduation Year JRSM University
2012-13 4.13 5.72
2013-14 3.66 4.54
2014-15 2.71  2.70
2015-16 3.49 4.25
2016-17 TBD TBD
Master's Graduation Year  JRSM University
 2012-13  3.96  4.81
 2013-14  3.66  3.57
 2014-15  2.71  2.71
 2015-16  3.13  3.83
2016-17 TBD TBD
Graduate Certificate  Graduation Year JRSM University
2015-16 2.0 12.5
2016-17 TBD TBD

Data from the University of Memphis Office of Institutional Research show the six-year graduation rates for first-time freshmen graduating from the Department of Journalism and Strategic Media and the four-year graduation rates for transfer students, as compared to similar data for the College of Communication and Fine Arts.

Freshman Cohort Entering JRSM 4-year CCFA 4-year JRSM 6-year CCFA 6-year
Fall 2009 25.5% 14.9% 63.8% 29.8%
Fall 2010 30.8% 9.60% 67.3% 21.2%
Fall 2011 19.2% 5.8% 59.6% 21.2%
Fall 2012 41.8% 12.7% TBD TBD
Fall 2013 35.3% 13.7% TBD TBD
Fall 2014 TBD TBD TBD TBD

Transfer Students Entering JRSM 2-year CCFA 2-year JRSM 4-year CCFA 4-year  
 Fall 2011 14.7%  14.7%  52.9%%  47.1%  
 Fall 2012  5.9%  5.9%  35.3%  23.5%  
 Fall 2013  10.0%  10.0%  36.7%  36.7%  
Fall 2014 14.8% 11.1% TBD TBD  
Fall 2015 4.8% 4.8% TBD TBD  
Fall 2016 TBD TBD TBD TBD  


*TBD=To Be Determined


Job Placement

According to the most recent ASJMC Survey, 75 percent of University of Memphis Journalism and Strategic Media bachelor's graduates had at least one job offer at the time of graduation compared to 74 percent nationwide; and 75 percent of the University of Memphis bachelor's graduates were employed full time compared to just 57 percent of a national sample. According to a survey of 2014-2016 graduates from the Department of Journalism and Strategic Media, 86% were currently employed.