Journalism Graduation Rate

MSU JRN Students Graduate on Time

The Michigan State University Office of Planning and Budgets tracks the average number of years that students take to graduate ("time to degree"). It also follows student retention ("persistence") and counts the time it takes a cohort to graduate ("rate of graduation") for individual majors. MSU JRN has a strong sustained record over the years, helping students successfully progress in their education and graduate on time.

Time to Degree

Time to Degree is the average of the number of years it takes students to graduate.

The facts: Journalism majors who graduated in the 2015-2016 academic year,  took an average of four years to graduate - even with an internship!

What this means: This means that some students graduated in fewer than 4 years, most graduated in 4 years and a few others took longer. Some students graduate in four or fewer years because they take online courses during the year to progress in their program. The online component allows them to continue schooling while being away from campus taking Education Abroad courses, interning at companies and doing other types of work. 

Some students may a little longer to graduate because they may be away from campus, doing internships over multiple semesters or taking fewer courses each semester. Still others might transfer in from another major or another school and need to catch up on a few courses.

Persistence Rate

Persistence rate is the number of students who returned to MSU the next year.

The facts: MSU Journalism students have an overall 92 percent persistence rate!  

The rate of first-time undergraduate students who entered the MSU Journalism major in fall 2015 and returned in fall 2016 (last year) was about 92 percent.

The rate of transfer students who came to MSU to study Journalism in 2015 and returned in 2016 (last year) was 95 percent.

In virtually all 11 categories, from domestic to international to ethnicities, the percentage rate is above 91 percent (e.g., domestic is 92%, international is 100%, white/black/other is 91.4% and persons of color is 91.2 %).

What this means: Students enjoy their first year and returned to MSU to continue their studies. However, some students may decide that personal circumstances cause them to sit out a year, or they choose to work full-time and defer their program to a later date or they change to another university or major. 

Rate of Graduation

Michigan State University tracks the amount of time it takes Journalism majors to graduate. They measure according to fall semesters, which does not take into account the complete academic year. (Most students enter in the fall semester and graduate in the spring.)

The facts: Most of the students who entered in fall 2012, graduated four years later (about 62%), according to the most recent figures. Most of the rest sewed up their degree the following semester or year.  

What this means: Most students graduated in four or fewer years and others took longer. Some students graduate in fewer than 4 years because they take more than 15 credits a semester or take online courses in the summer (and school year) to progress in their program while being away from campus taking study abroad courses, interning at companies and doing other types of work. 

Some students take a little longer to graduate because they may be away from campus, doing a study abroad os internships across multiple semesters or taking fewer courses each semester. Still others might transfer in from another major or another school and need to catch up on a few courses. These percentages track a cohort, so they also include those few students who left MSU for various reasons.

Summary

Most students who come to MSU to study Journalism are successful in graduating with a degree in Journalism in 4 years.