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M.A. in Journalism

Sample Curriculum

Students may complete a master’s degree in three semesters (16 months), or they have the flexibility to customize their schedule over four, five, or more semesters, depending on their work and family obligations. Here are three sample course loads. Any adjustments in curriculum sequence should be made with academic advisement.

Three Semesters

Semester 1  (Fall)

  • Craft of Journalism I
  • Legal and Ethical Issues
  • Fundamentals of Multimedia Storytelling – Audio & Video
  • Fundamentals of Data Journalism

Semester 2  (Spring)

  • An advanced reporting class (3+ credits) 
  • Advanced research techniques
  • One course in student’s subject concentration
  • Two electives, including media courses

Summer

  • Summer Internship

Semester 3 (Fall)

  • Two courses in student’s subject concentration
  • Two electives, including media courses

Four semesters

Semester 1 (Fall)

  • Craft of Journalism (6 credits)
  • Fundamentals of Multimedia – Audio&Video (3 credits)
  • Fundamentals of Data Journalism (3 credits)

January Session

  • Legal & Ethical Issues (3 credits)

Semester 2 (Spring)

  • Advanced Reporting, in any medium (3-4 credits)
  • One subject concentration course (3 credits)

Summer

  • Summer Internship (3 credits)

Semester 3 (Fall)

  • One subject concentration course (3 credits)
  • Second subject concentration course (3 credits)
  • One elective (3 credits)

Semester 4 (Spring)

  • One elective (3 credits)
  • One elective (3 credits)
  • Capstone

Five Semesters

Semester 1 (Fall)

  • Craft of Journalism (6 credits)
  • Choice of Fundamentals of Multimedia – Audio/Video (3 credits) OR Fundamentals of Data (3 credits)

January Session

  • Legal/Ethical issues (3 credits)

Semester 2 (Spring)

  • Advanced reporting (3-4 credits)
  • One subject concentration course (3 credits)

Summer

  • Summer Internship (3 credits)

Semester 3 (Fall)

  • One subject concentration course (3 credits)
  • Fundamentals of Data OR Fundamentals of Multimedia – Audio/Video (3 credits)
  • One elective (3 credits)

Semester 4 (Spring)

  • One elective (3 credits)
  • One elective (3 credits)

Semester 5 (Fall)

  • One subject concentration course (3 credits)
  • One elective (3 credits)
  • Capstone

Award-Winning Special Reports

Check out some notable multimedia projects produced by our students.

Climate Countdown

This package explores the effects of global warming and what is being done about it, with a focus on New York City.

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Food Plight

An investigation of tainted food and unsanitary conditions in New York City’s public school cafeterias.

Rikers and Beyond

An in-depth look at the present and future of incarceration in New York City.

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Sex, Apps — and Bingo

A student project that explores the world of online dating for seniors.

Navigating Trump

A series of interactive guides to life under the 45th president.

Breakdown

Our reporters reveal how fractured treatment system leaves New York City’s mentally ill with little place to turn – sometimes with tragic consequences.