Online Master of Science in Business Journalism

The Master of Science in Business Journalism at Arizona State University is a 100% online degree program geared toward journalists and communications professionals who want to develop expertise in business and in communicating about business, economics and finance in order to more effectively serve audiences.
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Quick facts

Next start date: 05/18/2020


Total classes: 11

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours: 30

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Details

Students will study data journalism, reporting and storytelling, media law and entrepreneurship at one of the nation’s leading journalism schools, the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, home to the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism. Additionally, students will take online courses in economics, finance, accounting, statistics, markets and organizations offered through the W.P. Carey School of Business, one of the nation’s leading business schools. In the degree’s capstone course, students will apply their knowledge of business in a journalistic context.

Instructors include renowned journalists and communicators such as Andrew Leckey, Reynolds Endowed Chair in Business Journalism and former syndicated investment columnist and CNBC anchor; Pulitzer Prize-winning data specialist Steve Doig, Cronkite’s Knight Chair in Journalism; and Retha Hill, a former vice president for BET Interactive who leads the Cronkite School’s New Media Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lab.

The online degree is expected to attract students from a variety of backgrounds: aspiring business journalists, reporters who want to improve their understanding of finance and working journalists looking to improve their economic coverage of topics from sports to sustainability. The online Master of Science in Business Journalism program also will be of value to communications professionals in public relations, education or other public or private environments in which an understanding of business and economics and how to effectively communicate on those topics, is essential. The program is open to students both in the U.S. and abroad.

Featured courses


Required core

ACC 501 Basics of Financial Performance Reporting and Analysis (1.5)


Required core

ACC 504 Basics of Internal Measures of Success: Managerial Accounting (1.5)


Required core

ECN 504 Basics of Decisions, Market Structure and Games: Managerial Economics (3)


Required core

MCO 503 Media Law (3)


Required core

MCO 550 Issues in Coverage of Business and the Economy (3)


Required core

MCO 551 Better Business Reporting (3)


Required core

MCO 552 Data in Business Journalism (3)


Required core

MCO 556 Media Entrepreneurship (3)


Related careers

Graduates with an ASU Online Master of Science in Business Journalism have career opportunities illustrated in the following list.

Reporter

Marketing manager

Journalist

Editor

Communication Teacher

Prestigious faculty

The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication attracts award-winning professional journalists and world-class media scholars from across the country. 

  • Digital media leader Dan Gillmor.
  • Former BET vice president Retha Hill. 
  • Former Knight Foundation journalism innovator Eric Newton.
  • Former Sacramento Bee executive editor Rick Rodriguez.
  • Former Washington Post executive editor Leonard Downie, Jr.
  • Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter and editor Jacquee Petchel.
  • Pulitzer-Prize winning reporter Steve Doig.

Prestigious faculty

The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication attracts award-winning professional journalists and world-class media scholars from across the country. 

  • Digital media leader Dan Gillmor.
  • Former BET vice president Retha Hill. 
  • Former Knight Foundation journalism innovator Eric Newton.
  • Former Sacramento Bee executive editor Rick Rodriguez.
  • Former Washington Post executive editor Leonard Downie, Jr.
  • Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter and editor Jacquee Petchel.
  • Pulitzer-Prize winning reporter Steve Doig.

Admission requirements

Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree in journalism, mass communication, public relations, business or a closely related field from a regionally accredited institution, and have some professional communications experience.

Study at our prestigious journalism school

The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication is a leading journalism school in the U.S. For over 15 years, we have earned the best record in the Society of Professional Journalists' national "Mark of Excellence" competition. We reign first in the nation for record-breaking Hearst Journalism Awards and have the best record of any journalism school for the international Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for reporting on social justice issues. 

223


national and regional student awards.

1,000


online students. 

46


media partnerships (beyond internships). 

16


student organizations.

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