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Journalism, MA

The MA in Journalism program merges fundamentals of journalism with trainings in cutting-edge digital tools and techniques offered through two tracks: Professional and Media Innovation. A top-50 research university, Northeastern offers a distinctive blend of intellectual rigor and experiential education, most notably through our renowned cooperative education, or “co-op,” programs, which students come from around the world to access.

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The School of Journalism offers two pathways in a Master of Arts degree that seeks to prepare students to excel in legacy and new media in the digital age.

The Media Innovation track is designed for students with previous journalism experience who want to learn digital and multimedia skills. This one-of-a-kind interdisciplinary program empowers journalists, both seasoned and newcomers, to think creatively about the future of the news, and provides training in the digital tools and techniques they need to thrive in today’s newsrooms.

The Professional track is designed for students with little or no journalism experience who want to pursue a career in journalism. The Professional track curriculum combines courses in the fundamentals of news and feature writing with courses in digital skills such as video, podcasting, data science and front-end web design. Students who pursue the Professional track come to the program from a variety of backgrounds. In small, nurturing classes, students begin introductory journalism courses and move on to advanced courses in investigative journalism, data journalism, and magazine writing.

Based in Boston with its vibrant media and technology scene, the MA in Journalism program offers students the opportunity to gain real world experience in newsrooms in the city and across the country through Northeastern’s Cooperative Education program. Additionally, our students study with award-winning faculty who have come to Northeastern with years of experience reporting in the field. With their guidance, students are encouraged to publish their work at local and national news outlets.

The Northeastern School of Journalism has several Pulitzer Prize winners on its faculty, and its teachers are committed to mentoring, providing individual attention, and tailoring learning to your needs. Our programs are small and intensive, with a strong sense of community and robust student-faculty interaction. In addition to giving you journalism skills, we aim to give you the knowledge to thrive in the workplace across the digital economy.

The MA in Journalism consists of 36 credit hours. The program can typically be completed in three or four semesters.

Competitive scholarships, paid research assistantships and paid reporting opportunities available for eligible students. Many students contribute to and edit in-house publications like The Scope and Storybench, embark on research with faculty through the Co-Laboratory for Data Impact, and gain foreign correspondence experience on reporting trips to countries like Cuba and Greece.

We have trained and empowered many students in many skill and knowledge areas, including in data science, web development, podcasting, analytics, and experimental video. Students have secured internships at The Boston Globe, The Marshall Project, PBS’s NOVA, WGBH’s Frontline, Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting, WBUR’s Innovation Hub, NPR’s On Point, WGBH’s Basic Black and The Bay State Banner as well as placed freelance stories in The New York Times, Roll Call, The Washington Post, WGBH News, Undark Magazine, Columbia Journalism Review, Smithsonian Magazine and InsideClimate News.

Alumni have gone on to jobs at places such as National Public Radio, Texas Tribune, VTDigger, Arizona Republic, Indianapolis Star, CBS Interactive and NJ.com. They have also successfully leveraged the broad learning offered within the degree to go into nonprofit communications, digital marketing, and product development.

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Interests of Journalism, MA Students

  • blogging
  • data journalism
  • data visualization
  • design
  • digital media
  • entrepreneurship
  • game design
  • investigative
  • media advocacy
  • media innovation
  • news app design
  • public relations
  • reporting
  • social media
  • strategic advocacy
  • technology
  • video production
  • writing

Co-op Opportunities

  • Boston Globe
    Boston, MA
  • WGBH
    Boston, MA
  • CBS Television
    52nd Street New York, NY
  • NBC Universal Television
    New York, NY
  • Boston.com
    Boston, MA
  • Boston Bruins
    Boston, MA
  • New Balance
    Boston, MA
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Career Opportunities

  • Multidisciplinary Skills
    • writing
    • reporting
    • research and analysis
    • critical thinking
    • visual storytelling
    • social media
    • interviewing skills
    • digital skills
    • shooting and editing
    • production skills
  • Careers of Tomorrow
    • Reporter
    • Public Relations
    • Newsletter and Social Media Editor
    • Audience Engagement Editor
    • Lawyer
    • Documentay Filmmaker
    • Web Producer

Journalism, MA Requirements

THE MASTER’S DEGREE IN JOURNALISM REQUIRES NINE COURSES AND 36 CREDITS CONSISTING OF FOUR REQUIRED COURSES AND FIVE ELECTIVES. STUDENTS CAN COMPLETE THE DEGREE IN AS LITTLE AS THREE SEMESTERS. THOSE WHO PARTICIPATE IN CO-OP WILL TAKE LONGER TO COMPLETE THEIR PROGRAM.

Tracks

Complete one of the following two tracks:

*For complete program course listing, visit the University course catalog.

Resources for Current Students

Course Catalog

Visit the Registrar website for a course catalog and information on university core requirements.

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Program Coordinators:

Aleszu Bajak

a.bajak@northeastern.edu
617-373-7447

Department Chair:

Jonathan Kaufman

Professor, School Director

j.kaufman@northeastern.edu
617-373-3238

Administrators:

Cathy Bright

Graduate Enrollment Manager

c.bright@northeastern.edu
617-373-2566

Co-op Advisors:

Michelle Hagopian

Associate Co-op Coordinator

m.hagopian@northeastern.edu
617-373-6908

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