Our 13-month program mixes online and in-person courses across 40 credits. With 4 out of 10 courses offered 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 May, followed by two semesters on campus. The program culminates with a final 12-week summer capstone course online, and an internship that you can do in Boston or a different location.


Summer Semester 1 (8 credits)

Number Course Modality Credits
JR 602 Critical Perspectives Online 4
JR 607 Reporting and Writing Online 4

Fall Semester (12 credits)

Number Course Modality Credits
JR 609 Visual Storytelling and Reporting In-Person 4
JR 628 Law and Public Policy for Journalists In-Person 4
JR 637 Editing and Web Producing In-Person 4

Spring Semester (12 credits)

Number Course Modality Credits
JR 612 Advanced Multimedia Reporting In-Person 4
JR 623 Data Visualization In-Person 4
JR 632 Long-Form Multimedia Storytelling  In-Person 4

Summer Semester 2 (8 credits)

Number Course Modality Credits
JR 688 Capstone Online 4
JR 690 Internship N/A 4

Cross-Media Portfolio Capstone

Your final semester includes an online capstone project. The capstone project is a culmination of everything you have learned while in the program, allowing you to complete your professional portfolio of work consisting of reporting, writing, editing, and producing when finished. 

Alumni capstone projects are available to read on Survive and Thrive Boston.


In your final semester, you will take an internship at a professional news organization anywhere in the country. Emerson students are known for their high-quality work and are sought after by news organizations, from the Boston Globe to network news affiliates. Alumni, faculty, and our Career Development Center will help you find an internship to suit your professional goals. 

Previous students have interned at:

  • WGBH
  • The Morning Blitz
  • Seacrest Studios
  • The Somerville Times