Master of Science in Journalism

The master of science in journalism program prepares students from all academic and professional backgrounds for careers in broadcast/multimedia news and in traditional and emerging media companies that focus on long form writing, reporting and analysis. The program offers two tracks to broadly support the specific ambitions of students:

  • Broadcast/multimedia (on-campus), for students who want to pursue careers in television, radio and online news media with an emphasis on visual and online reporting. Those interested in pursuing the broadcast/multimedia track should apply through Graduate Admissions.
  • Writing (online), for students who are interested in preparing long-form, non-fiction narratives rooted in current events for news sites, magazines and documentary films. Those interested in pursuing the online writing track should apply through QU Online.

Both tracks feature training in the principles, tools, craft, history and ethics of contemporary journalism in the context of innovative approaches to reporting and presenting information via social media and other forms. Our goal is simple: promote knowledge, creativity and skill in service to a career described by television producer Matt Weiner as one that "smacks of adventure and intellect."

Through the MS in journalism program, students learn to:

  • Understand professional journalistic practices, ethical standards and technologies and be able to apply reason to develop ideas within these structures.
  • Analyze information based on journalistic practices of research, interviews and observation.
  • Evaluate information in determining the story's narrative structure and reach via social media and other applications.
  • Report and compose a story, either visual, multimedia or text, that informs, enlightens, entertains and is useful to the reader or audience within professional journalistic reporting and writing practices and ethical standards.

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