Masters of Science in Mass Communication - Multimedia Journalism

The M.S. degree in the Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture with a concentration in Multimedia Journalism provides students with the opportunity to learn the theory and practice of journalism in an immersion news environment. The students may specialize through graduate electives, projects and stories in any number of “beat” areas. For example, students may focus on coverage of health or the environment or concentrate on learning about international coverage.

The graduate multimedia journalism program builds on the School’s already strong undergraduate journalism program, which has been in the forefront of schools in the nation that are requiring undergraduate students to acquire multimedia skills. A number of faculty in the School are recognized for their expertise in new media and do extensive newsroom training and education for professional journalists. Top-level industry professionals also teach in the graduate program.

The field of journalism requires a new generation of communications professionals who are able to function at the highest levels of professional practice and apply sophisticated writing and reporting skills to a multi-platform media environment.

The Master of Science in Mass Communications (Multimedia Journalism) is designed to help professionals working in journalism or those with undergraduate journalism degrees achieve higher levels of professional competence. Admission requirements include an academic background in journalism (university degree) or at least two years of appropriate journalism experience.


The mission of the Master of Science in Mass Communications-Multimedia Journalism is to provide graduate, professional education for students who are in various stages of their careers in journalism and the broader communications industry and who seek to develop a stronger foundation and preparation in multimedia journalism.

Student Learning Objectives

Students graduating from this program will...

  • demonstrate higher level skills in concept building with a focus on critical thinking, and in the design of journalism news stories and packages with a multimedia focus;
  • communicate clearly and effectively in written and multimedia platforms to serve news audiences;
  • demonstrate the ability to conduct basic research that is applicable to journalism and multimedia; and
  • be able to effectively apply tools and technologies to multimedia news stories and packages as appropriate for the news industry and other communication workplaces.


The degree requires 36 credit hours, 30 of which are in the journalism discipline. Students take an additional six credit hours in a collateral area outside of mass communications.

The program is designed so that students will take three courses each semester (fall and spring). During each semester two of the courses will be offered in the evenings and one will be offered online. Thus, students should be able to complete the course work over two years of study.

See the program description and degree requirements for the Multimedia Journalism graduate program in the VCU Bulletin.