Graduate Programs in Journalism and Media

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Journalism and Media Graduate Program

Fall 2025 Admission Dates

Application Opens: September 1, 2024 

Application Deadline: December 1, 2024

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The School of Journalism and Media's graduate program at The University of Texas at Austin is among the premier graduate programs in the country. It offers three distinct degrees: a Ph.D. degree, a Master's Research and Theory degree, and a Journalism Professional-track Master's degree.

Our doctoral program is among the best programs in journalism and media in the U.S.  Led by faculty with distinguished research and publication records – many with professional journalism or media experience – our program is designed to equip students with a strong theoretical grounding and versatile research methods.

While our MA Professional Track degree focuses on preparing people who want to create media, our Research & Theory MA students can gain additional methodological expertise alongside knowledge of journalism and theory, which can help them to move toward doctoral degrees or a variety of analytic careers with media organizations. 

Journalism has never been more important than it is today, and the University of Texas at Austin is at the forefront of educating students who want to uncover and tell stories that matter.

Doctoral Program

Doctoral Program

The doctoral program explores influential theories and contemporary topics in journalism and media, with strong quantitative and qualitative research methods training. Students entering the Ph.D. program must complete five semesters of coursework, one semester for preparing for comprehensive exams and a research proposal, and their dissertation in the final, fourth year.

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MA track

MA Research & Theory

The MA Research & Theory program is a two-year program that extends students’ depth in communications and media research literature and provides opportunities to deepen subject matter expertise.

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MA Pro Track

MA Professional Track

We have designed the MA Professional Track to provide or extend professional training for people who desire to work in the fields of making media, including reporters, photojournalists, and storytellers in various media forms.

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