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Master of Science in Journalism

MSJ Graduation Requirements

To graduate from WVU and the Reed College of Media with an Master of Science in Journalism (MSJ) degree, the student must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours of acceptable course credit.

The full-time course load for MSJ students is nine credit hours per semester. Typically, students complete their degrees in two years or less.

Students in the MSJ program are expected to maintain satisfactory progress toward their degree. A student’s graduate record begins with the first course attempted as a graduate student and includes all subsequent courses. Students must maintain a grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0. Any student who fails to meet this standard can be put on academic probation and may eventually be dropped from the program if their grades do not improve.

Of the minimum 30 credit hours, 24 hours must be relevant course credits. Students may also take up to six credit hours toward their thesis or professional project.

All MSJ students must successfully complete the following courses in this sequence:

*This curriculum change pertains to students entering the MSJ program on or after August 2012.

Nine additional credit hours should be taken in the College of Media. All remaining credit hours should be taken outside of the College. Students should note that the majority of credits submitted for the degree must be in courses numbered 500 or above.

Course work must be completed with a minimum grade-point average of 3.0. The thesis and professional project are graded as S or U (satisfactory or unsatisfactory).

Except for thesis, professional project and internship credit hours, no student will be permitted to take a course on a pass-fail or satisfactory-unsatisfactory grade basis without prior approval of the director of graduate studies.

Students in the MSJ program should apply for graduation during the first two weeks of the term in which they wish to graduate.

To apply for graduation, complete the following steps:

1. Log into your MIX account (
2. Go back to STAR homepage in MIX
3. Click on “Click here to enter STAR” 
4. Click on “Student Services and Housing” 
5. Click on “Student Records” 
6. Click on “Apply to Graduate for Doctoral, Professional, Masters Students, and Selected Undergraduates” and complete the application

Questions about MSJ graduation requirements should be directed to Dr. Steve Urbanski at or 304-293-6797.