Environmental Journalism Master's students attending conference

Environmental Journalism Master’s students attending conference

Any MSU School of Journalism masters student can enroll in an environmental journalism class to fulfill graduate requirements or electives.
Students can also complete a specialized master’s degree environmental option that combines environmental journalism, science or policy courses. Students learn advanced reporting techniques for covering complicated environmental issues. The environmental option appears on a graduate’s transcript.
Students must be admitted into the M.A. Program in Journalism and have selected the Environmental Option. The MSU environmental journalism option requirements are here.
Student research

Student research

Knight Center and affiliated faculty teach a rotating schedule of graduate-level environmental journalism courses. Consult schedule of courses for the latest offerings.
Graduate students are encouraged to join the student Environmental Journalism Association and report for Great Lakes Echo, the Knight Center’s award-winning non-profit environmental news service.
They are encouraged to augment their study with environment classes and programs elsewhere at MSU such as through the Environmental Science and Policy Program.


Applications to the School of Journalism’s masters program are accepted on a rolling basis. Students should submit an electronic application and send GRE scores and two copies of their official undergraduate transcript to:
MSU Admissions Office
250 Administration Building
Michigan State University
East Lansing, Mich. 48824
International students should also submit TOEFL scores.
Applicants should also send the following:

  • three letters of recommendation
  • a 750-word autobiography
  • a 1,000-word statement of purpose
  • a resume
  • and an indication of interest in an assistantship or other financial aid

to the Journalism School:
MSU School of Journalism
c/o the Graduate Secretary
School of Journalism
305 Communication Arts Building
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824-1212
For questions, contact graduate student coordinator Nancy Ashley,


Limited graduate assistantships are occasionally available, depending on faculty research grants. Students may also qualify for scholarships.