The Meek School of Journalism and New Media

The University of Mississippi

The Meek School of Journalism and New Media offers students a nationally recognized, award-winning faculty with strong professional and academic credentials. In addition, the graduate program has a close connection to and benefits from the wide range of events and organizations at the University of Mississippi and in Oxford that celebrate good storytelling.

The University of Mississippi Meek School of Journalism and New Media offers a professional master’s degree in journalism track alongside a traditional, academically oriented journalism master’s degree track.

The mission of the Professional Master’s in Journalism track at the University of Mississippi Meek School of Journalism and New Media is to:

  • Encourage a higher level of professionalism and ethical standards in the current media landscape
  • Provide training and opportunities for in-depth, quality journalism in all media forms.
  • Champion multimedia storytelling that continues and enhances traditions of excellent writing and in-depth reporting.

COURSE WORK

The Professional Master’s in Journalism track features the following as core courses:

  • Multimedia Storytelling I (Journalism 590)
  • Multimedia Storytelling II (Journalism 610)
  • Narrative Journalism (Journalism 668)
  • Multi-Media Documentary (Journalism 578)

Beyond these 12 hours of core courses, students take an additional 12 hours of electives plus six hours devoted to a professional thesis project. Electives offered to students include “Media and the South”, “Depth Reporting”, and a variety of other courses that focus on politics, history, research, and media ethics. The academic track requires courses in theory, research, communications law and history.

THE THESIS/THESIS PROJECT

A thesis or thesis project is required for all candidates for the degree of Master of Arts. Candidates must register for at least 6 semester hours of thesis. Students in the Professional Master’s track must complete a thesis project, which can be a documentary, book, investigative series or other professional work in an appropriate medium equal in scope to a formal thesis. Both the thesis and the thesis project require approval of a written prospectus and an oral examination.

REQUIREMENTS

Journalism School admission requirements are similar to the university’s general admission requirements set by the Graduate School.

  • Applicants should have a minimum of a 3.0 on a 4.0 on all undergraduate work.
  • The majority accepted into the program have a minimum score of roughly 290 on the verbal and quantitative sections of the new Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or 900 on the old.
  • International students are required to take the TOEFL and score the following minimums: 550 paper-based, 79 Internet-based, 266 computer-based.

Students can be admitted with 523/69/193 but are be required to take EFS 100 and then retake the TOEFL.

  • A statement of interest relating to the journalism master’s program.
  • Three letters of reference.

Students who do not meet the requirements for admission may be still considered based on their overall admission packet.

The deadline for submitting all materials to the Graduate or Journalism School is February 15 for Fall admission. This deadline is somewhat flexible.

ASSISTANTSHIPS

The Journalism School and university offer a limited number of assistantships. Students with high test scores and/or GRE scores are given first consideration. Students meeting the criteria will be contacted following admission and when funds are available.

The assistantship carries a tuition waiver (but does not cover the activity fee) and a stipend. The money is subject to taxation and must be declared as income. Graduate assistantships require from 10 to 20 hours of work per week, depending on the size of the assistantship.