Program Summary

There's no more challenging and exciting a time in journalism than now. With Emerson’s Journalism MA you will learn the core values of a profession that’s crucial to democracy even as you learn to meet the demands of professional multimedia storytelling. And there’s no better way to learn than to do. From the very beginning of the program, you will hit the streets and report, producing stories in text, audio and video.

Throughout your program, you will collaborate with your peers on digital storytelling. Working in a state-of-the-art newsroom and production facility, you will gain hands-on experience with industry-standard tools.

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Curriculum

Jump start your career with our 13-month, skills-oriented curriculum. With four of the ten courses (40 credits total) required for the degree online, you will have more flexibility in your busy schedule to complete your coursework when and where it is convenient for you. 

Courses start online in mid-summer, followed by two semesters on campus. The program culminates with a final 12-week summer capstone course online, and with an internship.

Summer (July start) (8 credits)

Number Course Credits
JR 602 Critical Perspectives (online) 4
JR 607 Reporting and Writing* (online)

*Students with an undergraduate degree in Journalism may be eligible to waive JR 607/Reporting and Writing if the degree was earned within the last five years with a GPA of 3.0 in the major or better. Students who believe they are eligible for this waiver should discuss it with the graduate program director.

4

Fall (12 credits)

Number Course Credits
JR 632 Long-Form Multimedia Storytelling  4
JR 637 Editing and Web Producing 4
JR 628 Law and Public Policy for Journalists 4

Spring (12 credits)

Number Course Credits
JR 609 Visual Storytelling and Reporting 4
JR 612 Advanced Multimedia Reporting 4
JR 623 Data Visualization 4
JR 635 Long-Form Multimedia Storytelling 4

Summer 1 and 2, Online (8 credits): Capstone

Number Course Credits
JR 688 Capstone 4
JR 690 Internship 4

Elective Courses (Not Required)

Offered in the Spring and Fall

Number Course Credits
JR 695 Directed Project 4
JR 697 Directed Study 4