Department of Journalism

Main Departmental Office
General Academic Building, 102
P.O. Box 305280
Denton, TX 76203-5280
(940) 565-2205

Web site:

Richard H. Wells, Chair

Graduate Faculty: Albright, Broyles, Busby, Carstarphen, Kim, Land, Owens, Wells, Westmoreland, Zavoina.

The Department of Journalism offers graduate programs leading to the following degrees:

Graduate work in the department is designed to prepare those who plan to teach or who wish to improve their ability to perform in the professional areas of mass communication. The use of computers in journalism and mass communication research is emphasized in the master's program. The department acquaints the students with databases that can be used in news, advertising and public relations.

The university library has a strong holding of periodicals that supports the journalism and mass communication field. Media library materials include resources on research methods in mass communication and theories of mass communication.

Journalism graduate students are required to pass a written comprehensive examination over journalism courses taken. The examination should be scheduled near the end of the student's program. Journalism graduate students who write a thesis will defend that thesis in an oral examination with thesis committee members.


Areas of research interest in the department include the impact of new technology on journalism and mass communication, the use of computers by students in professional preparation and to improve writing and information gathering skills. Research also is conducted on curriculum studies for journalism education and on defining the outcomes of journalism education. Other topics of research interest are sexism and racism in media, ethics, editorial policies of student newspapers, newspaper design and production, and international communication issues.

Admission Requirements

Application for admission should originate in the office of the dean of the Toulouse School of Graduate Studies. The applicant must hold a bachelor's degree from an approved college or university. Typing ability is required.

A satisfactory score on the aptitude portion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) must be submitted before admission to the graduate program in journalism. A student will not be permitted to enroll in any courses for credit toward the master's degree until the score is submitted and approved. International students may substitute successful completion of the Graduate Preparation Course for the verbal portion of the GRE. International students also must submit satisfactory scores on the TOEFL. The department chair may make an exception in an unusual case.

Degree Programs

Master of Arts

General requirements for the Master of Arts with a major in journalism are the same as those listed in the Master's Degree Requirements section of this catalog.

The MA candidate in journalism must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours, including a thesis of 6 hours and a minimum of 24 hours in courses numbered 5000 or above. Up to 12 hours may be taken in a minor field, or the 12 hours may be divided between two minor fields.

JOUR 5040, Studies in the Mass Media, must be taken in the first semester of study in the journalism graduate program.

Required courses for the MA follow.

Master of Journalism

The MJ candidate must have completed a minimum of 15 hours in undergraduate journalism approved by the chair or graduate program director of the Department of Journalism. The MJ degree has no foreign language requirement and the 6-hour thesis is optional, but the candidate must complete a minimum of 36 hours of graduate work, including 30 hours in courses numbered 5000 and above. A minor of at least 6 hours in another field is required. If as many as 12 hours of minor work are done, they may be divided equally between two approved fields.

JOUR 5040, Studies in the Mass Media, must be taken in the first semester of study in the journalism graduate program.

Required journalism courses for the MJ follow.

Minor Fields

Recommended minor fields for the MA with a major in journalism or the MJ are English, history, library science, political science, radio/television/film, sociology, economics and business administration.

Courses of Instruction

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