Upon admission to the Graduate School and acceptance into the Journalism graduate program, each student is assigned an adviser. This adviser may remain as the student’s adviser for the duration of the master’s degree program and may serve as the chair of the student’s thesis committee. However, another member of the Journalism graduate faculty with expertise related to the student’s thesis topic may serve as the thesis adviser.

In the early stages of the graduate program, normally no later than the conclusion of the first semester of course work, students must designate their second field of study. The student should submit a written statement to the Journalism graduate coordinator proposing the second field of study and indicating the reasons why the field is being proposed, including its relevance for the student. The student also submits a Journalism Masters Course Approval Form. No second field is considered as officially accepted until it has been approved by the Journalism Graduate Faculty Committee. Normally, the second field of study will be in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences; however, certain other fields may be considered.

The student chooses a thesis topic in consultation with and with the approval of his/her adviser. The student is also responsible for constituting the thesis committee in consultation with the adviser. The thesis committee should consist of at least three graduate faculty members, two from the Lemke Department of Journalism and one from another discipline, usually the student’s second field of graduate study. In constituting a thesis committee, attention should be given to the knowledge or expertise of the faculty members in the area of the thesis topic. All thesis topics must have direct relevance to journalism.

In compliance with Graduate School regulations, all students must pass a Master’s Comprehensive Examination as part of the requirements for completing the degree. The Lemke Department of Journalism uses an oral examination to satisfy this requirement. Normally this is done in conjunction with the thesis defense and the examination is conducted by the student’s thesis committee. Students should consult with their advisers about procedures related to the comprehensive examination and thesis defense. The Lemke Department of Journalism usually offers at least two graduate courses in the fall and spring semesters and some of these courses are offered in the evening. While certain courses are offered on a more frequent basis than others, the courses are usually offered on a rotating basis.