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Master of Global Policy Studies Dual Degree Programs - MGPS and Journalism

MGPS Dual Degree Program with Journalism

The LBJ School and the College of Communication of The University of Texas at Austin offer a dual degree program leading to two graduate degrees, the Master of Global Policy Studies (MGPS) degree and the Master of Arts in Journalism. The program combines advanced studies of globalization with rigorous coursework to develop professional skills as a communicator, responding to an increased need in both the public and private sectors for a combination of analytical and communications skills with detailed substantive knowledge. Graduates should possess substantial career flexibility and attractiveness to prospective employers in government, private industry, and the nonprofit sector.

Program Structure

Students can earn both degrees simultaneously in approximately three academic years. Degrees are awarded when the required course work in both areas is completed. Students in the dual degree program take the following courses, which total 70 credit hours of work:

Global Policy Studies

  • The Global Policy Studies core courses (22 hours): Policymaking in a Global Age, Microeconomics, The Nature of the International System, Analytical Methods for Global Policy Studies, International Economics, Policy Research Project, and Crisis Management.
  • An MGPS specialization (15 hours) chosen from Security, Law, and Diplomacy; International Trade and Finance; Development; Global Governance and International Law; International Energy, Environment, and Technology; Regional International Policy; or a student-initiated specialization. Specialization courses should be selected based on their relationship to the overall dual-degree program, as agreed with the Graduate Adviser.
  • Summer internship in an office where activity is related to the dual degree program.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in a language other than English.


Required Courses:

  • J 380W Writing and Reporting
  • J 380V Visual Journalism
  • J 395 Advanced Writing and Public Affairs Reporting
  • J 360 Media Law and Ethics
  • J 389E Professional Experience in Journalism
  • One additional graduate level skills course in Journalism
  • One additional graduate conceptual course in Journalism
  • J 398R Masters Report 
  • Supporting Courses: Professional Master's Specialty, composed of nine additional hours (three courses) related to your specialized interest. A minimum of 6 hours must be taken outside of the School of Journalism.
Additional Information

Students interested in the MGPS / Journalism dual degree program should consult the web pages of both component programs.

Master of Global Policy Studies

School of Journalism