Next start date: 05/18/2020
Total classes: 11
Weeks per class: 7.5
Total credit hours: 30
Students will study data journalism, reporting and storytelling, media law and entrepreneurship at one of the nation’s leading journalism schools, the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, home to the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism. Additionally, students will take online courses in economics, finance, accounting, statistics, markets and organizations offered through the W.P. Carey School of Business, one of the nation’s leading business schools. In the degree’s capstone course, students will apply their knowledge of business in a journalistic context.
Instructors include renowned journalists and communicators such as Andrew Leckey, Reynolds Endowed Chair in Business Journalism and former syndicated investment columnist and CNBC anchor; Pulitzer Prize-winning data specialist Steve Doig, Cronkite’s Knight Chair in Journalism; and Retha Hill, a former vice president for BET Interactive who leads the Cronkite School’s New Media Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lab.
The online degree is expected to attract students from a variety of backgrounds: aspiring business journalists, reporters who want to improve their understanding of finance and working journalists looking to improve their economic coverage of topics from sports to sustainability. The online Master of Science in Business Journalism program also will be of value to communications professionals in public relations, education or other public or private environments in which an understanding of business and economics and how to effectively communicate on those topics, is essential. The program is open to students both in the U.S. and abroad.
Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree in journalism, mass communication, public relations, business or a closely related field from a regionally accredited institution, and have some professional communications experience.
The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication is a leading journalism school in the U.S. For over 15 years, we have earned the best record in the Society of Professional Journalists' national "Mark of Excellence" competition. We reign first in the nation for record-breaking Hearst Journalism Awards and have the best record of any journalism school for the international Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for reporting on social justice issues.
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