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Communication & Journalism Department


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 offers coursework in rhetorical, critical/cultural, and social scientific perspectives and methodologies. Students can complete a traditional research-oriented thesis or a project-based thesis (otherwise known as a Plan B). 

Students who choose the traditional research-oriented thesis option will be required to take 27 credit hours plus four hours of thesis credits. Students who choose a Plan B project will be required to take 30 credit hours plus three hours of Graduate Project credits (for a total of 33 credit hours). 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 methods 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 – Qualitative Research Methods (required).
  • COJO 5800 – Foundations of Journalism and Communication (required).
  • COJO Elective or theory class (to meet theory requirement). For Graduate Teaching Assistants, their third course is a three hour graduate teaching practicuum.

 Spring, Year 1:

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

Fall, Year 2:

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

 Spring, Year 2:

  • COJO 5960 for Thesis Research or COJO 5961 for Plan B Graduate Projects
  • COJO Electives/Additional classes for Plan B
  • Graduate Teaching 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 two 4000-level courses 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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