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Communication & Journalism Department|Graduate student information

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The University of Wyoming COJO Graduate Program is a scholarly program that turns bright students into knowledgeable, academically grounded, independent-thinking communicators.  The degree provides a solid foundation for your next step whether it is to pursue a Ph.D., teach at a college, work for a non-profit organization, or enter private industry.

The master's degree in communication and media is grounded in the social science tradition and is awarded in recognition of independent scholarship in the field.  Students gain academic knowledge through their courses, which is applied to the thesis or project.

Students who choose a thesis option will be required to take 27 credit hours plus four hours of thesis credits. Students who choose a project option, called a Plan B, will be required to take 33 credit hours plus three hours of Graduate Project credits. Full-time students will need to decide by the end of their second semester which type of project they will select. Nine credits a semester is considered full time.

Four required courses in theory and method insure a solid research base on which students build their individual research.  Required classes are completed in the first year so that the second year is used to develop and complete the thesis or project. A typical schedule for a full-time student includes:

Fall, Year 1:

  • COJO 5080 – Research II, Qualitative Research Methods (required).
  • COJO 5800 – Foundations of Journalism and Communication (required).
  • COJO Elective or theory class (to meet theory requirement).
  • Graduate Assistants add 1 hour of Practicum.

 Spring, Year 1:

  • COJO 5070 – Research I, Quantitative Research Methods (required).
  • COJO Elective or theory class (to meet theory requirement).
  • COJO Elective.
  • Graduate Assistants add 1 hour of Practicum.

Fall, Year 2:

  • COJO 5890 – Independent Study (to develop thesis/project prospectus)
  • COJO Elective.
  • COJO Elective.
  • Graduate Assistants add 1 hour of Practicum.

 Spring, Year 2:

  • COJO 5960 – Thesis Research for Plan A or
  • COJO Electives/Additional classes for Plan B
  • Graduate Assistants add 1 hour of Practicum.

Students can take up to 10 credits of 5000-level courses outside of their primary major. They can also take one 4000-level course to count for their graduate degree, but it must be approved by the COJO graduate director before it can be taken. A maximum of two independent study (COJO 5890) courses, or one independent study and one internship (COJO 5990) can be taken to apply to a student’s program of study.


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