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4 + 1 Program

The WVU College of Media offers an accelerated Master of Science in Journalism degree program for its top-performing students. Students enter the program during their senior year, taking graduate-level courses along with their remaining undergraduate coursework. During their fifth year, they become full-time graduate students.

The accelerated program results in two degrees - a Bachelor of Science in Journalism (BSJ) and a Master of Science in Journalism (MSJ). Both degrees are conferred at the completion of the MSJ.

Who is eligible?

Undergraduate majors in the College of Media with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5. The MSJ program allows students to customize a research project that is relevant to their interests, whether they are Strategic Communications or Journalism. Interested students must meet with Dr. Urbanski in the fall of their junior year. Freshmen and sophomores are welcome to stop by or e-mail for more information.

What courses would I take my senior year?

Fall 
JRL 500: Intro to Graduate Studies
1 hour
JRL 504: Mass Media & Society
3 hours 
Undergraduate Capstone course
3 hours
Additional undergraduate courses


Spring
JRL 520: Research Methods
3 hours 
400/500 level major course
3 hours 
Additional undergraduate courses

What course work is left after my senior year?

At this stage, you become a full-time Graduate student.

Summer 
JRL 697: Research
3 hours
JRL 695: Independent Study
3 hours (optional)
Fall 
JRL 697: Research
3 hours
Graduate electives
6 hours 
Spring 
JRL 689: Ethics Seminar
3 hours
JRL 698: Thesis
3 hours
Graduate electives
3 hours

When will I earn my BSJ?

While you finish all of your undergraduate degree requirements as planned in the spring of your senior year, you will earn the BSJ when you finish the MSJ the following spring. If you decide not to complete the MSJ, but have completed all of the BSJ requirements, you can apply to be awarded the BSJ in any semester per the Registrar’s guidelines.

For more information, contact: 

Steve Urbanski, Ph.D. 

Director of Graduate Studies 

Steve.Urbanski@mail.wvu.edu