Dec 03, 2023  
USC Catalogue 2021-2022 
USC Catalogue 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOGUE]

Journalism (MS)

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Studies toward the Master of Science in Journalism require 36 units of prescribed courses and approved electives in the student’s field of study. No more than 12 units of 400-level course work may be applied toward the Master of Science in Journalism.

Students who earn a GPA of below 3.0 will be placed on academic probation and must improve according to established terms if they are to remain in the school. In the case of courses offered on Credit/No Credit (CR/NC) basis, faculty review of competence will be substituted for grades.


Students in the Master of Science in Journalism can complete the program in eleven months by enrolling in the seven-week summer immersion course and enrolling in 14 units in the fall and spring semesters. The School of Journalism will accept only 4 units of approved transferred graduate credit.

Foreign Language/Research Tool Requirements

There is no foreign language or research tool requirement for the master’s degree, but fluency in the English language is needed for success in the program.

Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation (GSP)

Journalism students are required to complete an online tutorial about Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation (GSP) and pass the GSP test before the end of the spring semester. Students who fail to complete the GSP tutorial and pass the test will not receive a degree from the School of Journalism.

Note: Students with disabilities may register with the Disability Services and Programs office (DSP) so the DSP staff can assess the nature of the students’ disabilities and recommend the appropriate accommodations to be provided for each student.

Capstone Project

MS in Journalism students must enroll in JOUR 598  (4 units) in order to graduate. Completed projects are judged by a committee appointed by the director of the School of Journalism and degrees are conferred based on the committee’s review.


Students interested in specific journalistic platforms are encouraged to select an emphasis and complete the recommended courses for that emphasis:

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