Graduation Requirements

Graduation requirements

If you prepare, graduating from the UNC School of Media and Journalism is as easy as 1, 2, 3 ...

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Usage & Grammar Test
 

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MJ-school degree audit
 

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UNC graduation application

Pass the Usage and Grammar Test, a 40-minute exam given electronically through Sakai that consists of 100 multiple-choice questions.

Majors are required to score 70 percent or better on the test prior to graduation and are required to begin testing while taking MEJO 153. Minors are not required to score 70 percent or better.

 

Submit your MJ-school degree audit request form by the appropriate deadline to allow time to complete an audit of curriculum progress and to confirm outstanding requirements in time for students to make any necessary schedule adjustments.

  • December 2019 graduates:
    Apply by March 15, 2019
  • May / August 2020 graduates:
    Apply by Oct. 15, 2019
  • December 2020 graduates:
    Apply by March 15, 2020

Not sure if you're ready? Review your academic worksheet requirements based on the semester your entered UNC:

 

Apply to graduate through the University Registrar using ConnectCarolina. 

If you do not see your expected semester and graduation year, do not apply yet.

Please refer to the registrar’s academic calendar to find out when ConnectCarolina applications will open. 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

YES! From mixers and bar nights to climbing the Bell Tower during Senior Week, senior events — organized by the senior class marshals — are a great way to stay involved..

The senior class marshals (senior marshals or marshals) are a select group of diverse, energetic seniors who love UNC and want to help others understand the importance of serving our great University and staying connected to Carolina after graduation. Marshals plan several events and programs that help seniors optimize their final school year and prepare for life after Carolina. The marshals are led by the elected senior class president and vice president and a selected chief marshal. This group is advised by staff at the General Alumni Association.

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NO! Though these forms serve similar purposes, the response data is submitted to separate administrative entities.

Apply to graduate through the University Registrar using ConnectCarolina. Submit your MJ-school degree audit request form (linked at the top of this page) to allow time to complete an audit of curriculum progress and to confirm outstanding requirements in time for students to make any necessary schedule adjustments.

Scheduling a degree audit check appointment with MJ Academic Advising is optional for after your request form has been submitted and reviewed.

Students whose primary major is in the College of Arts and Sciences are required to schedule a senior planning appointment with a full-time adviser in their primary major by the end of their seventh semester.

This does NOT apply to MEJO majors, however, because the senior planning appointment is addressed through the degree audit request submission.

The University holds Winter Commencement and Spring Commencement ceremonies in December and May, respectively. Future University commencement dates, times, locations, speakers and more can be found on the UNC Commencement website.

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The MJ-school holds Spring Commencement ceremonies in May each year. Upcoming MJ-school commencement dates, times, locations, speakers and more are added to the MJ-school website calendar. For more information, please contact Communications Director Kyle York at (919) 966-3323 or sky@unc.edu.

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Tickets are not required and graduates can invite as many family and friends as they wish. Graduates are asked to arrive early to allow time to check in and line up alphabetically. Additional details — including information about parking, wheelchair and disability seating and more— will be posted on the MJ-school Commencement ceremony page.

For more information, please contact Communications Director Kyle York at (919) 966-3323 or sky@unc.edu.

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UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES

Undergraduate students major in media and journalism (lowercase) but receive a B.A. in Media and Journalism. Business journalism students earn a B.A. in Business Journalism.

Specializations and areas of study are not listed on the diploma but can be listed on resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles and more. Specializations include Advertising, Broadcast & Electronic Journalism, Editing & Graphic Design, Interactive Multimedia, Photo & Video Journalism, Public Relations, Reporting and Strategic Communication. Areas of study include Advertising & Public Relations and Journalism.

GRADUATE STUDIES

Depending on their course of study, graduate students receive a Ph.D. in Media and Communication, an M.A. in Media and Communication or an M.A. in Digital Communication.

Please note: Undergraduate and graduate diplomas are sent to the “home” address (not “mailing” address) listed in ConnectCarolina.

To be listed as both an MJ-school graduate and a UNC graduate, alumni and students need to have double entries in the Education section. These double entries are normal across LinkedIn profiles and are necessary for universities to have accurate listing. Please make sure you have both an entry for UNC-Chapel Hill and an entry for the MJ-school. (Business journalism grads would be encouraged to have three entries — UNC, MJ, KFBS.)

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Your ONYEN will remain active for at least 180 days after your affiliation with the University ends unless an official request is made to end that access earlier. Access to email, files and specific computing services are determined on a service-by-service basis and can end at any time after your affiliation with the University ends.

Before you graduate, please be sure to remove or transfer any data you need to keep.

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In addition to the MJ-school social media accounts, don't forget to get connected with our MJ Career Services and Alumni Relations accounts.