Our graduate programs are designed to give students flexibility in achieving their academic and career goals. Whether you are a professional looking to deepen your skills or transition to a career in journalism or have an interest in communication research and seek foundational development and experience in methodology and theory our M.A. and interdisciplinary Ph.D. programs offer a variety of options to help you realize your goals.
The M.A. in Journalism graduate program is geared toward professional and academic career interests - many students have different backgrounds and different reasons for pursuing a master's degree. Our program requires students to create an in-depth project to show to prospective employers, attain an internship to open doors to a new job or develop a thesis to gain experience in research and theory in a topic that inspires them.
In this 9-credit program, students learn about innovative media technology and understand the influence and effects of media in society. These skills and knowledge are basic to a professional or student in any career.
David Poulson is the senior associate director of Michigan State University’s Knight Center for Environmental journalism. He also directs the translational scholars program at MSU's Global Center for Food Systems Innovations.
Joanne C. Gerstner is an award-winning multi-platform sports journalist, concussion researcher/expert, speaker and book author.
Employing both quantitative and qualitative methods, Dr. Mourão focuses on how journalists cover political events in a changing media ecosystem. Her projects have focused on elections and protests, both in the United States and in Brazil. At MSU, she teaches courses on social media, media literacy, media theory, and multimedia reporting.