Master of Arts in Journalism

Our Master's in Journalism students represent diverse backgrounds and seek an advanced degree for different reasons:

  • Journalism professionals who want to update their skills.
  • Professionals in another area who want a new career in journalism.
  • Journalism B.A. graduates who want to pursue a specialization.
  • Future researchers who want to kick-start a career in academia with an aim toward a Ph.D.

We train our master's students to communicate to scholarly and news audiences, giving them the reporting, writing and critical-thinking skills they need to be nimble in a dynamic news ecosystem. Our students win awards for their research and creative projects at international communication conferences, festivals and national competitions such as the Society of Professional Journalists, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Broadcast Education Association's Media Arts Festival and more.

As a student in the Michigan State University Master's in Journalism Degree program, you can choose from two tracks: one for academic and research training and one for professional development. Within those tracks, you have the option to use elective courses for general journalism training or to concentrate in environmental, science and health journalism; journalism education; or international journalism.

You will take classes in our state-of-the-art Newsroom and Motion Capture studios that are incubators for web news outlets, TV, radio, 3D and other forms of innovative storytelling. Throughout the program, you will acquire the theoretical and practical knowledge to be an ethical thinker and leader in your field.

Depending on the track you choose, your capstone may be a thesis, project or internship. Whichever path you choose, our master's students make a difference and raise the bar.

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Questions? Additional information about the Master of Arts program in Journalism may be obtained from:

Serena Carpenter, Ph.D. or Bruno Takahashi, Ph.D.
Co-Directors of Journalism Graduate Studies, 517-432-9245, 517-432-2454