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Master of Arts in Journalism Ball State University




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Whether you’re a working journalist looking to expand your skill set or a recent college graduate aiming to advance your career, Ball State’s online or hybrid graduate program in journalism is the perfect fit. The Master of Arts in Journalism provides an opportunity for students to become better reporters and storytellers with expertise in media analytics. This degree is perfect for students who want in-depth knowledge of the media industry.

Our distinguished faculty of teachers and journalism practitioners will instruct you on data journalism, content strategy, media analytics, and data visualization, as well as eye-tracking research and literary journalism, preparing you for moving up in your field or pursuing doctoral programs. This student-centered degree will help you become an exceptional storyteller, reporter, media analyst, manager, and entrepreneur.

Course Requirements

Our 36-credit journalism master’s program is available in two specializations: media analytics and management and reporting and storytelling.

Core Curriculum

JOUR 601 Studies in Journalism and Communication Theory
JOUR 625 Journalistic Judgments and Sociology of News
JOUR 650 Media Audiences and Content Strategy

Research Methods

For each specialization, you will take a research methods course to prepare you for the capstone project.

Capstone Project

During your second year of graduate study, you will begin work on a capstone creative project or thesis developed in concert with a faculty advisor. You may do a practicum or an internship to add a professional, immersive experience to your credentials.


Students pursuing a master's in journalism will choose one of the following specializations.


In a digital world crowded with endless noise, genuinely captivating storytelling is a rare skill. Our curriculum will equip you to become a highly-skilled, professional storyteller.

This specialization covers:

  • digital storytelling
  • data journalism
  • visual reporting
  • communication theory
  • literary journalism (long-form nonfiction)


As a graduate, you will be well-equipped to help companies and organizations make sense of the increasingly complex world of online media analytics.

Our curriculum focuses on:

  • content strategy
  • social media analytics
  • media management and entrepreneurship
  • audience insight and engagement
  • performance indicators
  • data metrics

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Master of Arts in Journalism.

Online/Distance (36 credit hours)

Tuition fees

USD $661 per credit - Basic course cost


11-Jan-21, 17-May-21


Ball State University

2000 W University Avenue,



47306, United States

Entry requirement for international students

You must have a bachelor’s degree from an institution recognized by a regional accrediting association.

You must have earned a minimum of a 2.75 GPA from the undergraduate degree-granting institution.

Required Scores to demonstrate English Proficiency: TOEFL iBT 79; IELTS 6.5 Band; Pearson's PTE 53

Submit your application by the following dates, depending on which semester you plan to start:

Fall – two weeks before the start of the semester
Spring – two weeks before the start of the semester
Summer – two weeks before the start of the semester

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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