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The Reed College of Media’s Master of Science in Journalism program provides students with an advanced understanding of media disciplines, preparing them for careers in the industry or academia.

The 30-hour program offers students the choice of two tracks: the teaching-research track for those who wish to go pursue a doctoral degree and the professional track for those seeking professional opportunities in mass communications.

Students have the opportunity to work with faculty on research projects and to participate in and help lead web-based, immersion journalism projects, such as “West Virginia Uncovered: Multimedia Journalism from the Mountains,” “Starting Over: Loss and Renewal in Katrina’s Aftermath” and “Taking Part: The Artists with Disabilities Project,” and "100 Days in Appalachia."

Program Application Requirements

Resume/CV, Supplemental Application / Portfolio

Graduate Program Application Requirements

If you do not have 3-5 examples of published work, 3-5 examples of academic research papers (or a combination of published work and academic research papers) will be accepted.

Program Application Test Requirements


Application Deadlines

Fall Deadline

February 1

Spring Deadline

February 1

Summer Deadline


English Proficiency Requirements

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Learn more about our English language proficiency requirements.

Accreditation Information

WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

In 2004, the Reed College of Media unanimously received full reaccreditation from the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications. The College is one of 107 in the nation with such a distinction.

Student Profile

Emily Pelland

While my degree will be MS Journalism, my portfolio shows a range of non-fiction storytelling techniques that the degree itself does not state. I like to tell people it’s a misnomer, because the professors and faculty are incredibly creative and forward-thinking. Cross-collaboration is encouraged here, and that’s brilliant. A student could work on a variety of innovative projects with students from different departments. Through the MSJ program, I have acquired other skills that make me a stronger journalist as well as more marketable in other fields. Recently I returned from Jordan to film part of the Muslims in Appalachia project, directed by Professor Dana Coester. It’s an honor and a blessing to be able to be sent to the Middle East to film for a project – truly a dream come true. Not only internationally; reporting locally was also defining. I was in McDowell County, WV earlier this year where I learned about the hardships in daily life and the resilience of locals to remain steadfast. It’s incredible to be able to share people’s stories for a living. I also assisted in curating and editing videos for the Unseen, Unknown: An Augmented Reality Exhibit Exploring WV Sights and Stories WVU Libraries exhibit. The significance of this exhibit is the combining of history with new technology. Viewers can learn about important West Virginians with augmented reality (AR)– a technology we all have through our phones. It’s a really neat experience seeing the photos come to life. I love it [integrating AR and history], and it should be done more and as creators, we should push the boundaries and experiment as much as possible.

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