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M.A. in Journalism

Sample Semester Schedules

Students have the flexibility to enroll in the number of credits that suits their personal situation. Below are three models based on a cap of 15, 12, or 9 credits of coursework per semester. Each of these models would qualify students as full-time in the program. However, students are not limited by these models. They may take fewer than nine credits per semester, spreading the program out beyond four semesters. Students who register for at least six credits are still eligible for federal student loans. International students cannot go below full-time status (9 credits) and maintain their student visa. Students may also increase the number of credits planned for future semesters. They will be required to discuss their plans with their academic advisor before each subsequent semester in order to ensure continued progress in the program.

15 Credits

Semester 1  (Fall)

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

Winter Session

  • Non-credit Workshops (January Academy)

Semester 2  (Spring)

  • Advanced Reporting 
  • Advanced Research
  • 3 credits of Subject Concentration
  • 6 credits of Electives

Summer

  • Summer Internship

Semester 3 (Fall)

  • 6 credits of Subject Concentration
  • 6 credits of Electives
  • Summer Internship Class

Winter Session

  • Non-credit Workshops (January Academy)

12 Credits

Semester 1 (Fall)

  • Craft I
  • Multimedia – Audio & Video
  • Intro to Data Journalism

Winter Session

  • Legal & Ethical Issues
  • Non-credit Workshops (January Academy)

Semester 2 (Spring)

  • Advanced Reporting
  • 3 credits of Subject Concentration
  • 6 credits of Electives

Summer Session

  • Advanced Research
  • Summer Internship

Semester 3 (Fall)

  • 6 credits of Subject Concentration
  • 3 credits of Electives
  • Summer Internship Class
  • Advanced Research Class

Winter Session

  • Non-credit Workshops (January Academy)

Semester 4 (Spring)

  • 3 credits of Electives

9 Credits

Semester 1 (Fall)

  • Craft I
  • Multimedia – Audio & Video OR Intro to Data Journalism

Winter Session

  • Legal/Ethical issues
  • Non-credit Workshops (January Academy)

Semester 2 (Spring)

  • Advanced Reporting
  • 3 credits of Subject Concentration
  • 3 credits of Electives

Summer

  • Advanced Research
  • Summer Internship

Semester 3 (Fall)

  • Multimedia – Audio & Video OR Intro to Data Journalism (whichever was not previously taken/passed)
  • 3 credits of Subject Concentration
  • 3 credits of Electives
  • Summer Internship Class
  • Advanced Research Class

Winter Session

  • Non-credit Workshops (January Academy)

Semester 4 (Spring)

  • 3 credits of Subject Concentration
  • 6 credits of Electives

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.

This picture shows a grid of six different school cafeteria lunch trays. The food in the different trays includes, fries, empanadas, apples, bread, etc.
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.