M.I.J. Program

Through Baylor's Master's in International Journalism program, students can experience in-depth research opportunities, studying journalism and its application around the world. Students will gain confidence in their research and will be expected to contribute to the department's research pursuits.

Academic Advisement

The Director of Graduate Studies in JPRNM closely advises graduate students in the M.I.J. program. Course loads and selections may differ for each student. Students are expected to be proficient in one language other than their native language. An examination is given to test language proficiency as early in the program as possible.

If the undergraduate degree is not in journalism, students must take nine hours of leveling courses:

  • Beginning Reporting
  • Beginning Editing
  • One of the Following: Advanced Reporting, Advanced Editing or Journalism History


Note: Students who need to take the leveling courses must finish those courses or be concurrently enrolled in them before moving on in the degree program. The department encourages students to take these courses in the summer prior to beginning graduate course work in the fall.


Students who have not taken a mass communication law and ethics course will be required to take JOU 4380 Media Law & Ethics as one of their journalism elective courses.

36 Total Hours Required


JPRNM Core Courses

JOU 5300 Seminar in International Journalism
JOU 5310 Research Methods in Mass Communication
JOU 5320 Seminar in Mass Communication Theory

Secondary Core Courses

ECON 5338 Seminar in World Economic Systems

Plus 3 hours chosen from:

CHS 4360 Religion and the Body Politic
ECON 5330 Problem Areas in International Economics
ECON 5334 Economic Development
ECON 5338 Seminar in World Economic Systems
EDA 5303 International and Comparative Education
ENT 4350 International Entrepreneurship
ENV 5310 World Food Problems
ENV 4321 Energy Economics
ENV 4350 Development and Indigenous Peoples
ENV 5350 The Environment and Third-World Development
HIS 4339 Cultural and Intellectual History of Modern Europe
HIS 4357 Inter-American Relations
MFL 4376 Asian Literature in Translation
MGT 5325 International Management
PHI 4340 East Asian Philosophy
PHI 4341 Contemporary Continental Philosophy
PSC 4325 Asian International Relations
PSC 4365 International Political Economics
PSC 4375 International Organization
PSC 5324 Seminar in Comparative Politics
PSC 5320 Seminar in Comparative Public Policy
PSC 4305 International Law
REL 5343 Contemporary African Religion
REL 5344 History of Comparative Religion
REL 5346 Judaism and Islam
REL 5347 Religions of India
SOC 5305 Multicultural Societies
GEOG 4315 Political Geography

Plus 3 hours chosen from:

PSC 4304 Governments and Politics of Latin America
PSC 4314 Government and Politics of Mexico
PSC 4324 Governments and Politics of the Middle East
PSC 4344 Government and Politics of Russia
PSC 4364 Governments and Politics of the Asia-Pacific Region
PSC 4374 Governments and Politics of East Asia
ANT 4310 Societies and Cultures of East Asia
ANT 4312 Societies and Cultures of Africa
HIS 4305 Modern China
LAS 4350 Latin American Studies Seminar


Graduate-Level Electives


Courses chosen with approval of the Director of Graduate Studies in Journalism, PR and New Media and the Dean of the Graduate School, permitting the M.I.J. student to specialize in one supporting discipline, such as economics, environmental studies, political science, etc.



JOU 5VO1 International Journalism Internship


One semester spent within the student's international area of specialization. This may take the form of university work at a non-U.S. institution, employment with a U.S. or non-U.S. organization abroad or association with Christian mission posts abroad with the approval of the graduate director.