What will I learn?

An online Master of Arts in Journalism from The University of Alabama can help you navigate a complex, changing media environment and reach your career goals. The program offers coursework in a variety of cognate areas that will help you develop critical new skills and knowledge, and enhance your portfolio with thought-provoking work. Journalists eager to expand their knowledge base, individuals looking to start a career in journalism, and those interested in teaching in the field of journalism will be on their way to meeting their career goals by enrolling in this online degree program.

Specialize your skill set.

Choose from electives in areas such as:

  • Writing and reporting
  • Digital media and information
  • Entrepreneurialism and management
  • Social science and research for journalism

Required Courses (13 hours)

  • JN 500 Orientation to Graduate Studies - View a sample of this course where students are introduced to real-world digital publication through hands-on experience with Word Press blogging. Visit the JN 500 blog's homepage or a sample assignment.
  • JN 562 Contemporary Issues in Journalism
  • JN 563 History of Journalism and the First Amendment
  • MC 550 Communication Research Methods
  • MC 551 Seminar in Communication Theory

Cognate Electives (15 hours)

Students have the opportunity to specialize in areas such as writing and reporting, digital media and information, entrepreneurialism and management, and social science and research for journalism. Some elective courses include:

  • Data Journalism
  • Advanced Sports Writing
  • Mass Media Law
  • Digital Media Production Tools
  • Entrepreneurial Journalism
  • Communication and Diversity
  • Seminar in Journalism Research and Scholarship

Which department am I in?

College of Communication and Information Sciences

Study options

Online/Distance (31 credit hours)

Tuition fees
USD $420 per credit hour

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

18 August 2021, 12 January 2022

Entry requirements

For students from United States

International application must hold the equivalent of a U.S. four-year bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution to be eligible for graduate admission.

For international students

Applicants from any undergraduate major are welcome to apply. Applicants without the specific academic qualifications are still encouraged to apply, emphasizing other professional experiences or relevant achievements in the field (media occupations, teaching, etc.). Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA during their first semester to remain in the program.

English Language Requirements: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): The minimum score for admission to a degree program or for non-degree admission is 550 on the paper-based TOEFL or 79 on the internet-based TOEFL (iBT); International English Language Testing System (IELTS): The minimum score for admission to a degree program or for non-degree admission is 6.5; Pearson Test of English (PTE): The minimum score of admission to a degree program or for non-degree admission is 59.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About The University of Alabama

Boasting a long history of success, The University of Alabama produces legendary results through our scholars’ research and service.

  • Located in the mid-size city of Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • 200 programs in 10 academic schools
  • Scholarships for international students at all levels
  • More than 600 student organizations