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 are no longer accepting applications for the 2017 social journalism program. Applications for the 2018 social journalism program will be available in early spring.
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 2018 program will be made on a rolling basis. Final decisions will be made by December 2017.
How much does it cost? The total 2017 tuition and fees are $17,310 for in-state students, $30,580 for out-of-state students, and $37,580 for international students. A $100 fee is charged in the second semester to cover the cost of workshops. You may also 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.
Where can I find more information about the program?
You can 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.
Who teaches the courses?
The CUNY J-School boasts an impressive faculty and list of guest speakers with a wealth of journalism experience. This program will also feature data journalists, business mentors, developers, community organizers, and social journalism pioneers.