Graduate Program

The School of Journalism at The University of Texas at Austin offers intensive, uniquely designed degrees for Master’s and Doctoral candidates in both professional and research arenas.

Guide to Graduate Programs

The policies and procedures of the graduate program can be found in the Graduate Student Handbooks.

Click on the image below for the Master's Programs Handbook

Click on the image below for the Doctoral Handbook


All graduate students are required to meet with the Graduate Adviser once a semester (October and April) to plan for the following semester's coursework and program of study. Subsequent registration for coursework is performed online using the registrar's online services. You will need to know your UT EID to access registration.

If you need a signature, please give the form to the Graduate Coordinator,, and allow 3 days for the Graduate Adviser to sign.

If you have additional advising questions, please sign up for an appointment with the Graduate Adviser for your program.

For PhD., Masters R&T and Hybrid students, the Graduate Adviser is Renita Coleman
Visit this link to sign up for advising or any other appointment with professor Coleman: 
Phone: 471-1969
Office: BMC 3.330

For Professional Masters and Photojournalism students, the Graduate Adviser is Rusty Todd.
Phone: 471-1967

Please contact the Graduate Coordinator for any other questions you may have about your graduate student status, procedures, deadlines, fellowships, teaching assistantships, etc.

Graduate Program Coordinator:




THE DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR FALL 2015 IS DECEMBER 15, 2014. WE ADMIT IN FALL ONLY. The Graduate School web site has more information about applying.

Master's Program

The University of Texas School of Journalism offers an outstanding education that prepares students to succeed in the journalism profession in the 21st century. Now, our focus is even sharper, reflecting an evolving industry and emphasizing the expertise of our national and international scholars and former news media executives and journalists. Our curriculum for the professional master’s degree has been revamped to allow students to specialize in one of four tracks – accountability journalism, culture/entertainment/sports, visual storytelling, and international journalism. This degree requires 36 hours of coursework and a professional project at the end. Read more about the new professional master's program...

In addition, we have two master’s tracks aimed at professionals who already have industry experience. The Research and Theory track is designed for students who plan to enter a doctoral program or desire a general conceptual foundation for media-related careers. The Hybrid track combines courses from the professional and research and theory master’s tracks. This track is for professionals with significant experience who seek to update their skills in the multimedia arena or build a research and theory foundation. Both of these degrees require 30 hours of coursework and a thesis at the end. For more information, see the Program of Work for each, below.

Research Focus

An engaged scholar in today's evolving journalism landscape should be cognizant of qualitative, quantitative and critical perspectives that foster current and future research. The highly specialized graduate faculty works closely with scholars to cultivate innovative research, all aimed at unearthing questions and introducing possible solutions facing journalism today.  Students and faculty from UT have 36 papers accepted to AEJMC this year and eight won Top Paper Awards.  See the list.


Open Lab Hours F13

Download this PDF to view the open lab times for the BMC 3.208, BMC 3.210, CMA 4.146, and CMA 4.152 for Fall 2013.

Course Syllabi

Course requirements for a graduate degree in Journalism vary depending on the degree. In most cases, 30 to 36 hours of coursework are required for a Master's degree and 57 hours for a PhD. Both programs have extensive requirements that should be discussed with your Graduate Advisor.

Resources for Graduate Students

The University of Texas at Austin has a wide range of resources across campus designed to help all students succeed. Click here to see what's available.


Doctoral Program

A PhD from the School of Journalism is a research-intensive degree, preparing student to become active and productive researchers across all spectrums of journalism. Scholars engage in quantitative and qualitative approaches, learning practical and creative analysis in multiple arenas.

Student Profiles

Though they come from all walks of life, graduate students in the School of Journalism are all traveling similar paths. From professional track Master's students to dissertation-seeking Doctoral candidates, the scholars here represent the brightest and boldest in the field of journalism. The changes they seek through experience, research, cutting-edge theory building and problem-solving are the cornerstone of journalistic pursuits in academia.

Student Funding & Scholarship

Students are encouraged to visit the Office of Student Financial Services for various funding opportunities. Fellowships through the School of Journalism are also available for those meeting the requirements.

Student Employment

The School of Journalism employs a number of currently enrolled master's and doctoral students as teaching assistants to assist faculty members teaching undergraduate courses.


Where are they, now?  Graduates of the Master’s and Doctoral programs have excelled in professional and academic arenas.  Browse through the list…

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Student Organizations

The School of Journalism sponsors multiple student organizations, including chapters of national organizations. Our student organizations are uniquely diverse and offer aspiring journalists opportunities to learn, create and socialize with fellow students who share their interests.

On Facebook, check out the J-Horns group.

This is a group of current, former and future grad students who use this page to meet new J grads, rekindle connections with J school grads and to find out what is happening here in the program and with our grads all around the world. But this is your page to do with it what you will. Have fun with it.  

Also on Facebook, check out the Texas Journalism group. This is the place to find out about and discuss trends and current events in professional journalism, job openings, fellowships, internships, workshops and other opportunities. This page requires approval to access.