Columbia Journalism School
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Master of Science Degree

As a student in our Master of Science program, you'll learn how to think critically and be both ethical and street smart. Experienced journalists are your instructors, offering one-on-one critiques and intensive feedback on your assignments.

Our Curriculum
Your journalism education begins with an 11-week course called Reporting. This includes four weeks devoted to digital training, and for seven weeks you'll be assigned a beat to learn reporting methods such as how to gather and evaluate information, how to interview people, and how to write a compelling story.

You’ll also complete four short courses in the essentials: law, business, ethics, and the history of journalism.

Before graduating, all M.S. students take one course in each of three modules:

· The Written Word, where you'll learn deadline news, profile writing and feature writing;
· Image and Sound, with classes in video, audio, photography, and data visualization;
· Audience and Engagement, with courses like Social Media for Journalists and Digital News Design.

The spring term allows you to take classes in your area of interests. Concept courses include the in-house broadcasting of nightly news or magazine-format video programs, production of a magazine, documentary and news websites.  

You'll also take two 15-week Seminar and Production classes on topics ranging from National Affairs Reporting to Video Storytelling, from Literary Journalism to Data Visualization.
There are three areas of specialization that M.S. students may pursue:

· Data Journalism: two-semesters of rigorous training in data and computing to expand reporting techniques to find and tell new kinds of stories
· Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism: two-semesters where 15 students are selected to learn investigative reporting techniques and methods
· The Documentary Project: a full-time third semester designed to train students as independent film producers and directors

All M.S. students complete a master's project that will test your ability to conduct and sustain in-depth research, challenge you to gather and organize large amounts of material, and train you to present this material in a clear and professional way.

Enrollment Options
Applicants can opt for either the full-time 10-month program or the part-time program, which takes two years to complete. Full- and part-time students take many courses together, and they share the same professors.

Part-time students begin the program in May with Reporting, which is completed during the summer months. Students are required to take at least six points each semester to finish the required courses in the M.S. within two years.

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