The Cronkite School’s Master of Mass Communication trains students to report, write and produce content for broadcast and digital platforms through immersive learning experiences. Students also complete intensive professional experiences from the school’s news bureaus in Phoenix, Los Angeles or Washington, D.C.
Classes and Professional Programs
The Cronkite master’s in mass communication is design to be completed in 12 months. This 36-credit hour program begins with a multimedia “boot camp.” From there, students dive deeper into advanced courses in broadcast production, investigative reporting, online media, business reporting, Spanish-language news, transborder coverage or digital media entrepreneurship. The program culminates in a professional immersion experience in one of the Cronkite School’s news bureaus in Phoenix and Washington, D.C. Working under the guidance of award-winning journalists, these capstone programs offer real-world experience in a professional news environment.
Cronkite News Phoenix: Students produce a daily newscast on Arizona PBS that reaches 1.9 million households and digital content for cronkitenews.azpbs.org, Cronkite News social platforms and partner sites across Arizona.
Cronkite News Washington: Students cover Congress, the White House and the U.S. Supreme Court for Cronkite News and partner newsrooms.
Cronkite Noticias: Students produce Spanish-language news for digital and broadcast platforms in collaboration with Univision Arizona.
Carnegie-Knight News21: Students produce major national investigations in partnership with newsrooms such as The Washington Post and NBCNews.com.
New Media Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lab: Journalism, engineering, design and business students work together to create cutting-edge digital products and launch new businesses.
Southwest Reporting Initiative: Students will report on health care and health care information, targeting Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Southern California and Texas, with a particular emphasis on Latino, Native American and Spanish-speaking border communities.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is funding a new Cronkite initiative to provide in-depth healthcare news coverage about underserved communities across the Southwest. As part of the program, the Cronkite School will offer two Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Graduate Assistantships to top graduate students cover the full cost of tuition. Additionally, Cronkite will offer six $10,000 scholarships to high-level graduate students with an affinity for health journalism.
Cronkite graduate students regularly cover major news in Arizona as well as around the world, producing broadcast and digital stories for Cronkite News.
See Student Work
Cronkite alumni accept internships and jobs at leading journalism and communications companies around the world, including:
- CNN Money
- CNN en Espanol
- The Washington Post
- The New York Times
- The Associated Press
- The Atlantic
“Nothing could have prepared me more for my work at CNN than the Cronkite School. Cronkite truly prepared me for the many lenses a journalist must look through when working on international news stories.”
The graduate application opens Sept. 1. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Applications received before Dec. 1 are given priority for both admission and funding. The final application deadline is June 1.
Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor’s or master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
They must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = “A”) in the last 60 hours of a student’s first bachelor’s degree program, or applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = “A”) in an applicable master’s degree program.
All applicants must submit:
- Graduate admission application and application fee
- Official transcripts
- GRE scores, with the verbal score being particularly important to the journalism school’s graduate committee
- Three letters of recommendation
- Personal statement of interest (350 to 500 words in length)
- Proof of English proficiency