Master of Arts in Journalism
The MA program is for experienced journalists who want to go deeper, covering their beats with greater expertise and nuance. Graduates emerge with a strong subject-matter grounding that enables them to situate news events in their larger context, to ask more informed questions, and to authoritatively evaluate claims made by sources. Many of our graduates publish their theses like Jacob Kushner's ebook China's Congo Plan, Torie Rose DeGhett's article in The Atlantic "The War Photo No One Would Publish," and Bill Retherford's ebook Little Green Men. During the application process, candidates select a major in one of four subject areas:
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The program is full-time and runs from September through May. MA students work closely with professors from both the journalism school and relevant academic departments and professional schools across Columbia University. Each student also designs and completes a Master's Thesis, an ambitious written or broadcast reporting project.
The deadline for applications is January 15. Most successful applicants have 3–15 years of professional journalism experience.