The master's degree in Journalism and Strategic Media is a blend of academic and professional content. While some of the graduates have gone on to academic careers, more graduates have moved up in their jobs at media organizations.
You will have eight years to complete your degree. Work closely with your advisor to develop your personal plan at the very beginning of your studies.
Graduate Thesis vs. Project
What's the difference?
A thesis uses the academic research method to examine a phenomenon in mass communication, or to consider a legal, historical, or visual cases related to journalism and mass communication.
A thesis generally is written as an academic article and has five sections: 1. Introduction 2. Literature review 3. Methodology 4. Results and 5. Discussion.
A thesis must be theoretically based and collect original data and analyze it, and discuss how your research fits in with established knowledge.
A thesis might use content analysis, survey, experiment, focus groups, in-depth interviews, document analysis, ethnography, legal analysis, historical analysis, or visual analysis.
The student must defend his or her thesis as a proposal and as the final document.
Committee of at least 3 faculty (at least 2 from Journalism and Strategic Media).
Students must take 6 credit hours of Thesis credit, and cannot count more than 6 toward graduation, but may take more if needed. Graduate assistants on the thesis path may take only 6 hours of thesis credit in their final semesters and remain on assistantship.
A thesis might need approval from the Institutional Review Board, depending on the type of research.
In a project, students create an original work that can be used by a professional outlet. The way a project is completed depends on the type of work being done. Students are expected to complete a project that would be useful in their careers.
A professional project can take many forms. You must include an executive summary to begin your project. You must determine the expectations and guidelines for your project with your chair.
The student must create original work. It might be a marketing plan, business startup, a communications plan for a nonprofit organization, a series of research-based journalism articles, or a visual creative project.
The quality of work in a project is expected to be equal to a thesis.
You must defend your project as a proposal and as the final document.
Committee of at least 2 Journalism and Strategic Media faculty; additional outside members are welcome at the students' choice.
Students must take 3 credit hours of Project credit, and cannot count more than 3 toward graduation, but may take more if needed.
A project might need approval from the Institutional Review Board, depending on the type of research.
Students completing a thesis or project have specific guidelines from the Department of Journalism and the Graduate School. Please check with the Graduate School for semester-specific deadlines. Students must give faculty members two weeks to read the final draft before a defense. Students should check with their chair to schedule deadlines for proposal defenses.
|Final draft to committee||October 15||March 15||June 15|
|Defense deadline||November 1||April 1||July 1|
|Final draft to committee||November 1||April 1||July 1|
|Defense deadline||November 15||April 15||July 15|
Forms for Graduate Students
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