You seek a life that is fast-paced and exciting. You are curious, open-minded, and like to write. Your engagement with the world makes you determined to live on the front lines and make a difference. If journalism is your calling, answer it at Columbia.
A Columbia Degree
- Tell great stories: Students learn to write, film and narrate the stories of our time, from deadline reporting to profile writing and documentary features.
- New York City is your beat: New York is the media capital of the world and the best place to learn how to report and to connect with innovation that is shaping journalism's future.
- Accelerate your career: In less than one year, you will develop skills and knowledge that take years to build in the field.
- Be in demand: Our students, guided by a high-level career services team, have excellent job placements. Upon graduation, you'll join our alumni network of 11,000+.
Choose Your Path
Students learn to report, shoot and edit stories from Professors Ann Cooper, June Cross, Betsy West, Bill Wheatley and other award-winning network and documentary producers on our faculty. Whether you want to work in front of the camera or behind the scenes, our faculty will teach you the production skills and the standards of great audio-visual reporting.
A third-semester master's project for documentary students is designed to train you to be an independent film producer and director. You'll receive one-on-one coaching from a faculty adviser and additional training in visual storytelling, camera work and editing. You will also learn the business side of documentary production — negotiations, rights and clearances, and how to develop a winning production trailer. The resulting film is expected to be of broadcast quality with your final task to ensure placement at a film festival or on television.
Columbia Journalism is at the forefront of innovation, pushing the connection between data and journalism. We offer data specializations where students learn the latest tools in data collection, analysis, and data visualization, all within a curriculum that emphasizes journalistic storytelling at the highest level.
Columbia Journalism is helping to shape the future of data-led reporting with The Tow Center for Digital Journalism,which serves as a research and development center under the direction of Emily Bell, and The Brown Institute for Media Innovation, which is a collaboration between Columbia Journalism and Stanford Engineering under the direction of Mark Hansen.
Our degree programs offer a diverse menu of courses to prepare you for reporting across borders and to work in diverse newsrooms with global audiences, whether in New York, London, Dubai, Delhi or Hong Kong. Students learn from a stable of veteran international reporters including Helen Benedict, Sheila Coronel, Steve Coll, Ann Cooper, Alexander Stille, Howard French, Judith Matloff and others. A Dual Degree with Sciences Po in Paris and the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg allow students to study journalism in New York City and in Paris or Johannesburg and receive degrees from both institutions.
Our International Studies program hosts affiliate programs where students are eligible for paid newsroom internships in Central Europe, Argentina and India.
The Toni Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism is run by Academic Dean Sheila Coronel. Students learn from some of the best investigative journalists in the country, including Walt Bogdanich, a three-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Steve Coll, Charles Ornstein, Kristen Lombardi, Blake Morrison and others.
We also offer high-level investigative course for those not enrolled in the Stabile investigative program. These students take shorter but similarly intense courses in investigative skills and techniques.
The Toni Stabile Investigative Project Fund supports the most important and promising stories by recent graduates. The fund allows students to retain their official connection to Columbia for the summer or the fall following their graduation to complete investigative projects with the help of the Stabile director. With support from the Stabile Investigative Project Fund, our students publish their master's projects in major news organizations, like Char Greenfield in The Atlantic and Joanna Zuckerman Bernstein in The Times Union.
Students learn the art of long-form narrative writing from faculty members Helen Benedict, Steve Coll, Michael Shapiro and others. Our M.S. curriculum includes multiple seminars in long-form writing, a magazine workshop and a course in how to conceive and write proposals for book publishers.
M.A. students students take intensive subject seminars that marry deep reporting and artful storytelling. The seminars are led by some of the best magazine writers working today — including David Hajdu, Nicholas Lemann, Jim Stewart and Jonathan Weiner. Many of our graduates publish their theses. For instance, Business grad Davide Casati's story about the Vatican's finances was published in The New York Times, Science grad Katie Jennings's piece on Medicare pricing ran in Politico Magazine, Politics grad Terrence McCoy's thesis about Cambodian development was published as a Kindle Single, and Arts & Culture grad Luke Malone turned his thesis about the challenges facing self-diagnosed pedophiles into pieces for Matter and This American Life.
The M.A. program is for journalists with three to 15 years of professional journalism experience to deepen their knowledge in one of four subject areas: politics, arts & culture, science, or business. You develop the knowledge and confidence to ask sophisticated questions, situate news events in their larger context, and evaluate competing claims made by sources.
The capstone project of the M.A. year is a piece of longform journalism. Many of our graduates publish their theses. For instance, Business grad Davide Casati's story about the Vatican's finances was published in The New York Times, Science grad Katie Jennings's piece on Medicare pricing ran in Politico Magazine, Politics grad Terrence McCoy's thesis about Cambodian development was published as a Kindle Single, and Arts & Culture grad Luke Malone turned his thesis about the challenges facing self-diagnosed pedophiles into pieces for Matter and This American Life.
The skills acquired at Columbia Journalism School are transferrable to any occupation in any city: journalism is all about telling and uncovering great stories.
Our network of 11,000 graduates include leaders in newsrooms around the world, from The New York Times and ABC News, to Al Jazeera and the BBC.
Our career services team is one of the best in the profession; the team is comprised of former working journalists and graduates of the school who work all year to help students find post-graduate employment. Our team offers individual career counseling, online resources with exclusive job postings and job-related events and recruiter visits throughout the year.
Our annual Career Expo is the largest journalism job fair in the country. In 2014, 75% of our graduates had employment plans within a month of graduation. See more about where our students get jobs when they graduate.