MS in Business & Economics Journalism

The Master of Science in Business & Economics Journalism is a practical and accessible program that provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to cover business and economics at the best media organizations in the world. The program is intended to produce skillful journalists who can cover news with confidence and write engaging stories. Developing story-writing skills is an essential part of the program. The program also allows students to adopt a broadcast track.

“Introduction to Business and Economics Reporting,” a one-semester survey course, prepares students to pursue a wide range of core and elective courses that will expose them to concepts in corporate governance; operations and finance; various types of markets, including the stock market; and the economy. Students learn about the connections between business and government. They also learn about the important connections that exist among consumers, investors, workers, and citizens.

Throughout the three-semester program, students get opportunities to publish or broadcast their work. The program emphasizes close contact with the student’s advisor and professors, both to learn about business and economics and also to become a better reporter and writer. The program is developing a strong online component so that graduates can report about business across a number of media platforms. The program is based in the Department of Journalism but it draws on three other areas of the University: the School of Management and the College of Arts & Sciences Departments of Economics and Philosophy.

Many highly regarded professional journalists are frequent visitors to campus, speaking to classes about their work and meeting with students to discuss careers. Recent speakers have come from the New York Times, Washington Post, and Fortune Magazine. An internship, while optional, is stressed as a way to gain experience and a portfolio of work. The program’s faculty assist students with internships. Students who elect to study in the University’s Washington Journalism Center or the Study Abroad Program get assignments and internships that play to their interest in business.

Degree Requirements

The program requires MS candidates to complete a minimum of 12 courses (48 credits).

Core Requirements (4)

  • COM JO 525 Media Law and Ethics
  • COM JO 721 Journalism Principles and Techniques
  • COM JO 722 Advanced Journalism Seminar

Choose one from the following:

  • COM JO 503 Journalism Research or
    COM JO 807 Advanced Journalism Research

Concentration Courses (6)

Three are required:

  • COM JO 501 Intro to Business and Economics Reporting
  • COM JO 502 Special Topics—Profile Writing
  • COM JO 738 Business and Economics Journalism Internship

In addition, students will select three courses from the School of Management or the Department of Economics. These selections should be made in consultation and with the approval of the student’s advisor. The selection of courses will be guided by the student’s interests, career aspirations, and knowledge of business and economics. Courses must be at the 300 level or higher.

Electives—Formats (1)

Choose one from the following:

  • COM JO 513 Advanced Photo Journalism
  • COM JO 519 Narrative Radio
  • COM JO 534 Broadcast News for Non-Majors
  • COM JO 537 Digital Photo Fundamentals
  • COM JO 540 Online Journalism
  • COM JO 707 Writing/Reporting for Broadcast News
  • COM JO 711 Electronic News Production

Other Journalism Electives (1)

Choose one of the following:

  • COM JO 506 Writing Columns and Editorials
  • COM JO 535 Investigative and Project Reporting
  • COM JO 703 Magazine Writing
  • COM JO 538 Feature Writing