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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.

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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, sylvia.edwards, and allow three 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. and Masters R&T students, the Graduate Adviser is Renita Coleman
Visit this link to sign up for advising or any other appointment with professor Coleman: 
Email: renita.coleman
Phone: 471-1969
Office: BMC 3.330

For Professional Masters students, the Graduate Adviser is Rusty Todd.
Email: rustygtodd@gmail.com
Phone: 471-1967

Please contact the Graduate Coordinator Sylvia Edwards (sylvia.edwards@austin.utexas.edu) for any other questions you may have about your graduate student status, procedures, deadlines, fellowships, teaching assistantships, etc.

More About Graduate Advising & Registration





The Graduate School web site has more information about applying.

Master's Program

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 a master’s track aimed at professionals with 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. This degree requires 30 hours of coursework and a thesis.

For more information, see the Program of Work for each track.

Research Focus

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 Graduate Research Page.


Click here to access the Student Forms page.


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

From professional track Master's students to dissertation-seeking Doctoral candidates, the scholars here represent the brightest and boldest in the field of journalism.

Student Funding & Scholarships

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.