How long is the program?
The 33-credit M.A. in Social Journalism degree requires one year to complete, including the summer. Two semesters of coursework and an intensive, real-world practicum alongside classwork in which students work in their chosen communities are required.
How do I apply?
Simple. Just submit an application. In addition to answering some specific questions, we require at least one reference and a resume/cv. Please also submit some examples of your writing/published work. Test scores such as the GRE are optional, not required, but TOEFL is required for all students who have completed their undergraduate degree in a non-English speaking country. Review the application and gather all the information and documents you need before you begin to complete the form, because it will NOT allow you to save.
When are applications due?
We urge you to apply as soon as possible and no later than August 31, 2016 for the January 2017 program. Applications will be processed on a rolling basis and we hope to make decisions as quickly as possible. Early applicants will have a better chance of receiving scholarship aid.
What kind of candidate are we looking for?
Minimum requirements include a college degree and English fluency. Ideal candidates have some professional experience in journalism, media, technology, design and/or community organizing, but we thrive on diversity and will consider all candidates on the basis of their individual strengths. We are also looking for candidates who already have some ideas about what communities they want to serve, and some digital and social media proficiency. Most importantly, we want people who are passionate about journalism and willing to fully commit their time and energy to this one-year program.
When will I know if I’ve been accepted?
Decisions for the 2016 program will be made on a rolling basis. Final decisions will be made by December 2015.
How much does it cost? Tuition and fees as of Fall 2016 is $5,656 per semester for in-state residents, $12,291 for non-residents, and $12,291 for international students. A $100 fee is charged in the second semester of the program to cover the cost of workshops. Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice. Please see our tuition and fees page for more information. You may be expected to purchase a laptop and smartphone if you do not have them.
Is financial aid available?
Yes. We have a limited pool of funding available for exceptional candidates. Apply early to increase your likelihood of receiving a scholarship. Students may also be eligible for funding that will support their independent projects as part of the fall semester of the program.
Where can I find more information about the program?
A website for the social journalism program is currently under construction, but in the meantime, you join us in using the hashtag #socialj on Twitter to share links and insights related to the field of social journalism. You can also can view our Medium publication and our Fall 2015 community engagement course blog.
Who teaches the courses?
Located in the heart of New York City, the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism boasts an impressive faculty with a wealth of journalism experience. In addition, this program will feature specialists in other areas as instructors and guest speakers, including data journalists, business mentors, developers, community ambassadors, and so on. We also hope to draw on knowledge from outside our field, bringing in community organizers, cultural anthropologists, and others with different areas of expertise to speak to and work with students. Students will also have the opportunity to be mentored or coached by many social journalism pioneers.