Students must complete the following pre-major requirements with a C or better before declaring their major:

Journalism and Media Studies Core (9 credits):

  • JOUR 100
  • JOUR 101
  • JOUR 102

UNLV General Education Core (16–18 credits):

  • ENG 101
  • ENG 102

JMS Program

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  1. After completion of the pre-major requirements, students must declare their major by filing out the required paperwork with an academic advisor.
  2. Students must be fully admitted to a minor program before taking upper-division classes.
  3. Students must complete their last 30 credits at UNLV in compliance with the departmental residency requirement.
  4. Students must continue to earn a C or better in all core classes.
  5. Students must complete 42 upper-division credits.
    • 27 of the 42 must be classes with journalism and media studies.
  6. Students must have a GPA of 2.0 to graduate.
  7. Students must complete a three-credit internship before graduation.

Internship requirements include:

  • Full admittance to the program
  • Junior or senior class standing
  • GPA of 2.0 or above

Students may take a second three-credit internship toward an upper-division elective.

For more information about the undergraduate program, contact the undergraduate coordinator, Dr. Gary Larson.


The master’s degree program is designed to meet the student’s professional and/or personal objectives. Although an undergraduate degree in journalism, broadcasting, media studies, or communication is not required for admission to the program, a student without a background in these related fields may be required to complete additional coursework at the graduate or undergraduate level in order to satisfy minimum expectations of someone entering a graduate course of study.

  • The Hank Greenspun School of Journalism and Media Studies admits graduate students only in the fall semester.
  • Review of applications begins March 15.

Students should send application and college transcripts to the Graduate College. In addition, the following should be sent directly to the graduate coordinator of the Hank Greenspun School of Journalism and Media Studies:

  1. A copy of your undergraduate transcripts. (You must have a GPA of at least 3.0 in the last 90 credits of undergraduate coursework.)
  2. Satisfactory scores on the verbal and quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Examination.
  3. At least three letters of recommendation from people who are able to attest to your ability to do graduate-level work. At least one of these letters should come from a former or current professor or college-level instructor.
  4. A letter of intent detailing your goals and expectations as a graduate student in journalism and media studies.
  5. A writing sample such as a college course term paper.

All domestic and international applicants must review and follow the Graduate College admission and registration requirements.


Gary Larson
Undergraduate Coordinator
Phone: 702-895-3274

Julian Kilker
Graduate Coordinator
Phone: 702-895-3729