Programs Summary

All programs introduce students to best practices in gathering, reporting and publishing information in the public interest and seek to customize educational experiences to the background and goals of each student.

On-campus classes stress intellectually stimulating seminar-style classes taught by professors and adjunct faculty with strong academic credentials and professional experience. Online programs feature content and course design that is immersive, intuitive and interactive. Skills classes admit no more than 20 students.

  • Bachelor of Arts

    The Bachelor of Arts Program prepares students for future roles in mass communications or entrepreneurial journalism. Students are encouraged to complete internships and seek other media-based work. Students have opportunities to publish material developed through coursework.

  • Minor in Mass Communications

    The minor in mass communications is available to students pursuing any other major at USF. The minor requires a minimum of 18 hours of coursework. Students who wish to minor must apply for admission to the department.

  • Graduate Certificate in Food Writing and Photography

    The Graduate Certificate in Food Writing and Photography requires 15 credit hours that can be completed 100% online or as a hybrid of online and on-campus classes. The certificate can be earned by students concurrently enrolled in USF graduate degree programs and non-degree seekers alike. The program requires three 3-credit courses, one 3-credit elective, and completion of a 3-credit final project. It can be completed in as little as two semesters (fall and spring). For more information, visit the program’s website.

  • Master of Arts in Journalism & Media Studies

    The Master of Arts in Journalism and Media Studies program provides career preparation in journalism while providing a foundation for those students who elect to continue their media studies on the Ph.D. level, or plan to use the M.A. as a qualification to teach at the college level. To meet those academic requirements, this is a 36-credit hour program including thesis or culminating professional project. Students may take classes part time or full time. They may also sample the program by taking up to 12 hours of graduate credit as a non-degree-seeking student before being formally admitted. The full program is offered on the St. Petersburg campus, although students may choose electives at any USF campus with permission of their faculty adviser. Courses that count toward the degree are offered on campus and online.

  • Master of Arts in Digital Journalism & Design

    The Master of Arts in Digital Journalism and Design is a fully online graduate school experience. Students can complete this 30-credit program in as little as one year (over three semesters). The digital journalism and design program teaches the fundamentals of multimedia reporting, self promotion and online entrepreneurship, as well as fundamental media theory and conventions. To learn more about the DJD program, visit its website.

Department Statistics – Updated Fall 2017

USFSP Journalism and Digital Communication Majors by academic year
These statistics include all students who had Journalism and Digital Communication (JDC) as a declared major at any time during the indicated Academic Year.  For undergraduates, this represents both new and continuing students who are enrolled in the Mass Communications major with a Journalism and Media Studies concentration.  For graduate students, the enrollments include both new and continuing students.  The graduate level enrollments are broken out into two tracks:  MJM (JMS M.A.) and MDJ (DJD M.A.).  The headcounts for undergraduate and graduate level students are unduplicated within the indicated Academic Year. However, any student who went from the undergraduate program to the graduate program within the same academic year will be counted in both populations – once as an undergraduate and once as a graduate level student.

2012 – 2013

2013 – 2014

2014 – 2015

2015 – 2016

2016 – 2017

B.A.

169

147

117

121

126

JMS M.A.

29

21

12

18

21

DJD M.A.*

28

46

50

44

40

Undergraduate First Year Retention; USFSP vs. USFSP College of Arts and Sciences vs. Department of Journalism and Media Studies

2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016
USFSP* 70.65% 66.76% 68.28% 71.66% 75.10%
USFSP College of Arts and Sciences* 61.94% 54.28% 60.00% 67.86% 70.35%
JMS Major Concentration** 74.03% 67.12% 66.67% 78.38% 78.94%

*FTIC full- and part-time
** Students new to JMS Concentration
Graduation and retention rates provided by USFSP Office of Regional Assistant Vice Chancellor of Institutional Effectiveness and Student Success.

Graduate First Year Retention; USFSP vs. USFSP College of Arts and Sciences vs. Department of Journalism and Media Studies

2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016
USFSP* 81.60% 82.62% 81.29% 79.42% 81.20%
USFSP College of Arts and Sciences* 68.09% 81.71% 71.05% 82.86% 80.52%
JMS Graduate Students* 75.00% 90.91% 66.67% 75.00% 91.66%
DJD Graduate Students* 89.29% 66.67% 80.00% 70.58%

*FTIC full- and part-time
Graduation and retention rates provided by USFSP Office of Regional Assistant Vice Chancellor of Institutional Effectiveness and Student Success.

Undergraduate 4, 5 and 6-year Graduation Rates; USFSP vs. JMS Major Concentration

2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015
4 Years USFSP 25.04% 20.88% 29.92%
JMS Major Concentration 66.23% 65.75% 71.05%
5 Years USFSP 34.99% 33.67%
JMS Major Concentration 70.13% 71.62%
6 Years USFSP 39.97%
JMS Major Concentration 68.42%

Graduate 2, 3, 4 and 5-year Graduation Rates; USFSP vs. JMS Graduate Program vs. DJD Graduate Program

2010-2011 2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016
2 Years USFSP 31.07% 35.85% 36.17% 44.48% 43.68% 44.89%
JMS Graduate Program 37.50% 16.67% 54.55% 0.00% 25.00% 33.33%
DJD Graduate Program* 21.42% 28.57% 25.00% 23.53%
3 Years USFSP 58.25% 63.68% 64.54% 67.18% 65.37%
JMS Graduate Program 68.75% 41.67% 63.64% 0.00% 66.67%
DJD Graduate Program* 60.71% 52.38% 65.00%
4 Years USFSP 65.53% 72.17% 72.70% 85.06%
JMS Graduate Program 81.25% 66.67% 63.64% 66.67%
DJD Graduate Program* 71.43% 57.14%
5 Years USFSP 68.45% 75.94% 82.19%
JMS Graduate Program 81.25% 66.67% 66.67%
DJD Graduate Program* 75.00%

*The Digital Journalism and Design M.A. program began in fall 2012. There were no cohorts before the 2012-2013 academic year.

Program Academic Learning Compacts

Journalism & Media Studies aligns its curriculum to state-mandated academic learning compacts (ALCs) to ensure our students achieve mastery in five critical areas: Content/Discipline Skills, Communication Skills, Critical Thinking Skills, Civic Engagement and Multiculturalism / Diversity.

Each of our degree programs and our graduate certificate offer customized ALCs: