The DJD degree features courses at the cutting edge of journalism, technology and design.

Each course addresses an area highly relevant to the practice of digital journalism and design. Together, the courses provide a solid foundation of the practical and theoretic skills required to succeed in the rapidly changing era of online journalism.


Examples of Elective Coursework Offered Online

Fall, Spring | Multimedia Reporting


Conceptualize and write news stories that conform to presentation in traditional (print and broadcast) and online style.

Fall | Web Publishing

Learn how to publish your work online with an understanding of code, third party hosting, and more.

Spring | Digital Media and Democracy

Gain perspectives on the practice of journalism in the digital era and its effects on democracy.

Spring | Multimedia Production

This course will allow students to hone critical thinking skills while becoming familiar with what comprises publishable audio, video and photographs.

Summer| Entrepreneurial Journalism

Develop real-world media partnerships and competitive start-ups on the strength of audience demand for competitive delivery of the news.

Spring | Digital Media Technology

Hone critical thinking skills while becoming familiar with blogs, social media and other digital technologies of modern journalism.

Fall | Social Media

Learn to source and promote your work on multiple social platforms.

Fall | Digital Media Ethics and Law

Think digitally about communications law in a changing online environment and conduct a systematic ethical exploration of major issues.

Spring | Visual Communication Design and Theory

Think digitally about communications law in a changing online environment and conduct a systematic ethical exploration of major issues.

Fall, Spring, Summer | Final Project

Exhibit reporting skills, technological expertise and creative power in a unique online project that will be the culminating experience of the degree.


The M.A. in Digital Journalism and Design requires 33 to 39 hours of academic credit. A realistic program for a full-time student involves a nine-hour load in the fall and spring terms, stretching out over two academic years. Summer courses including internships are also available.

Students in our program complete a thesis, with six hours counting toward the degree, or an applied research project, with three credit hours counting toward the degree.

At least 16 of the hours must be at the 6000 level, and 20 hours or more must be taken in regularly scheduled course work. With permission from an adviser, USF graduate students may take up to two 4000 level courses, which are upper-level undergraduate courses, with adviser approval. However, graduate students are usually discouraged from taking undergraduate courses. Financial aid for graduate students usually will not cover the cost of an undergraduate course.

Required Core (15-18 credits, depending on project or thesis)**

JOU 6114: Multimedia Reporting / Storytelling (3) [offered in fall and spring semesters]
MMC 6206: Mass Communications Ethics (3) [offered in spring semesters]
MMC 6400: Mass Communications Theory {with Research Methods} (3) [offered in fall semester]
MMC 6612: Law and Mass Media (3) [offered in fall semester]
MMC 6950: Applied Research Project (3) o MMC 6971: Thesis (6) [offered every semester]

Electives (15-18 credits, depending on project or thesis)

JOU 6135: Video Storytelling 1 (3)
JOU 6360: Digital Media Technology (3)
MMC 5146: Web Publishing (3)
MMC 6936: Data Visualization (3)
MMC 6936: Telling Stories with Data (3) 
MMC 6936: Multimedia Production (3)
GEB 6118: Business Enterprise (3)
MMC 6936: Food Writing (3)
MMC 6936: International Communication Seminar (3)
MMC 6936: Journalists in the Movies (3)
MMC 6936: Magazine Design & Production (3)
MMC 6936: Media and Elections (3)
MMC 6936: Media Management Seminar (3)
MMC 6936: Neighborhood News Bureau (3)
MMC 6936: Photojournalism 2
MMC 6936: Sizzling Images (3)
MMC 6936: Social Media (3)
MMC 6936: Sports Journalism (3)
MMC 6936: Video Storytelling 2 (3)
MMC 6936: Virtual Reality and Alternative Storytelling (3)
PGY 5619: Photojournalism 1 (3)
RTV 5416: Race, Gender and Class in Media (3)
VIC 6007: Visual Communication Theory and Design (3)

Italics = Online courses for distance learners to complete program with digital focus.

This total number of credits will vary based upon several factors. Students undertaking the thesis option will receive 6 credits. Students undertaking the ARP option will receive 3 credits. Students who do the ARP (3 credits) will leave the program with a total of 33 credits. Students who elect to do the thesis option (6 credits) will leave the program with 36 credit-hours. Students may elect to take one additional course for a total of 39 hours.

* Courses are sequenced with the sequences dependent upon the semester in which the student is first enrolled and whether the program will be taken full time or part time. Students should check with the program adviser to map out an individual course of study.

Area of specialization:
Students may take up to 12 hours  in an area of specialization through other departments within the University of South Florida. Some areas of specialization include business, criminology, education, environmental studies, Florida studies, health communication, philosophy, and urban anthropology.

An academic adviser, chosen from among departmental faculty, helps each student decide on elective courses, and make progress toward their degrees.