Graduate Programs

Journalism (MA)

We are the new breed of messenger.

Emerson’s accelerated 13-month Journalism (MA) program emphasizes a convergent, multimedia approach to storytelling and news reporting.

Today’s journalists need to know how to report and produce news across all platforms—whether print, broadcast, or multimedia—and be as comfortable using words as they are using audio, video, and web. Emerson’s accelerated 13-month Journalism MA emphasizes a convergent, multimedia approach to storytelling and news reporting, giving you the professional edge you need. Here, you will learn how to tell stories that increase public understanding of complex news events while gaining the skills necessary to adapt to—and shape—this evolving field.

Program highlights:

  • Produce stories in text, audio, and video as you hit the streets and report starting on day one
  • State-of-the-art newsroom and production facility
  • Complete an internship at a professional news organization
  • Learn from faculty mentors who have built successful careers at CNN, CBS, NPR, The Washington Post, and more
  • No GRE requirements
  • Program begins and ends 100% online with residence only required for the Fall and Spring Semesters  
  • 13-month full-time program 

This program’s hybrid format allows you to begin and end your courses online, getting you out of the classroom and into the field that much sooner. Courses start online at the beginning of summer, followed by two semesters on campus, and culminating with a final 12-week summer capstone course online and an internship.

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Program Summary

Program Details

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.

Quick Facts

  • Summer admission only
  • 40 credit hours
  • Students complete the degree in 13 months

Cover the World in a World-Class City

During your two semesters on campus in Boston, you will never be at a loss for ideas. Boston is where it all started! A plaque at City Hall commemorates Boston as the birthplace of American journalism. Emerson is located in the city center, within blocks of the Massachusetts State House, City Hall, and the international financial district.

Our alumni are covering the news—from local and national television and radio stations to print and online journalism organizations. Through intensive coursework, internships in the country’s largest media markets, and Boston’s ideal location for news, you will be prepared for a professional career in journalism.

Curriculum Overview

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 at the beginning of summer, followed by two semesters on campus. The program culminates with a final 12-week summer capstone course online, and with an internship.


Professional Journalists as Teachers and Mentors

Drawing on a wealth of professional experiences and ongoing research, our distinguished faculty members offer you the encouragement and professional insight to point you to a successful career in a demanding field. Full-time faculty members have worked for local Boston television affiliates and area newspapers, as well as CNN, CBS, NBC, CNBC, NPR, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and The Christian Science Monitor.

Meet the Graduate Program Director

"As journalism moves from print and broadcast paradigms to mobile phones and tablets, tomorrow’s reporters must appreciate the differences between visual and verbal storytelling. Only by working with the tools of each medium can they internalize the software’s grammar, and only by repeated assignments in different contexts do they become confident enough to choose which medium suits their content best..."

Associate Professor Tim Riley has a passion for multi-media storytelling that stems from his background as an NPR rock critic and author. He has contributed to publications such as the New York Times and the Los Angeles Review of Books, and written acclaimed titles on the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Madonna, rock gender, and the life of John Lennon. 

In Riley's classes on Digital Journalism and Cultural Criticism, he emphasizes writing themes (governing ideas), audio and visual drivers (governing ideas in both sound and image), and the importance of understanding a story’s target audience. This philosophy extends to his role as Graduate Program Director for the Department of Journalism. "Provocative examples of creative multi-media storytelling abound in today’s digital media," says Riley, "where calculated icons and slick branding often upstage political content. The planets have aligned to create the perfect time to both practice and study journalism..."