Online Master of Science in Business Journalism

ASU Online Master of Science in Business Journalism

The Master of Science in Business Journalism (MS) at Arizona State University is an all-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. Students acquire the knowledge and tools required for reporting on the story behind every story: money. Unique to the program is instruction from two schools that are considered national leaders in their fields: the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, home to the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism, and the W. P. Carey School of Business.

Students will study economics, finance, accounting, statistics, markets, and organizations in courses offered through the W.P. Carey School of Business, one of the nation’s leading business schools. And they will study how to apply that knowledge in a journalistic context through classes in 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.

Delivered entirely online, the 30-credit program may be completed in as few as three semesters.

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Program of Study

Students begin the program with the 3-credit Issues in Coverage of Business and the Economy and conclude with an Applied Project that reflects the student’s particular area of interest. Other courses may be taken in any session in which they are offered except for the Basics of Financial Performance and Basic of Internal Measures of Success courses, which are taken in succession.

  • Issues in Coverage of Business and the Economy
  • Better Business Reporting
  • Media Law
  • Media Entrepreneurship
  • Data in Business Journalism
  • Basics of Financial Performance Reporting and Analysis
  • Basics of Internal Measures of Success: Managerial Accounting
  • Basis of Understanding Facts: Statistics for Managers
  • Basics of Decisions, Market Structure and Games: Managerial Economics
  • Basics of Leading People, Teams and Organizations: Organization Theory and Behavior
  • Applied Project
Admissions Requirements

Core Requirement: A bachelor’s or advanced degree in journalism or mass communication from a regionally accredited college or university or another degree coupled with some professional communications experience. International applicants must meet the admissions criteria of Graduate Education. No prior business training or education is necessary.

GPA: Minimum of a 3.0 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.0=A) in the last 60 hours of a student’s first bachelor’s degree program. Minimum of 3.0 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.0 = A) in an applicable master’s degree.

GRE: No GRE required.

English Proficiency Requirement for International Applicants: International applicants must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and have a score of at least 100 on the internet based test (iBT). Students may have these scores automatically submitted to ASU and the Cronkite School by using institution code 4007.

Deadlines: The Cronkite School Graduate Committee will review completed applications on a rolling basis; students may begin the program in the fall or spring. Applications for the fall semester are due July 15.


The Master of Business Journalism degree may be completed in as little as three semesters. Courses are delivered online in the fall, spring and summer semesters.

All fall and spring semester online courses take 7.5 weeks to complete. Session A courses are taught in the first 7.5 weeks of a regular semester and Session B courses are offered in the second 7.5 weeks of a regular semester. Summer courses are completed in 5.5 weeks.
Total degree credits required: 30

About Arizona State University

U.S. News & World Report ranks ASU as the “Most Innovative School” in the country, ahead of schools such as Stanford and MIT, and its business school ranks in the top 35 Best Graduate Schools for business in the nation. ASU also is the top producer of Fulbright scholars in the country. The Cronkite School has long offered a business specialization to its students and has trained more than 22,000 journalists and educators through the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism.

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