Graduate Admissions

Journalism MA

36 Credit Hours
Application Deadline: December 14, 2012

PLEASE NOTE: Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis through the summer.

MA in Journalism

Columbia College Chicago’s Master of Arts program in Journalism keeps its core emphasis squarely on public affairs reporting and the crucial role played by a free and active press in communities large and small, national and international. The curriculum in the graduate program in journalism focuses on issues central to civic life — education, housing, welfare, criminal justice, labor, politics and the electoral process, science, economies, and arts—because responsible journalism begins with investigations into all aspects of these issues and ends with an informed and active citizenry.

the program keeps its core emphasis squarely on public affairs reporting

A Constantly Evolving Field

The technological and professional landscape of the field of journalism has changed dramatically in recent years, and Columbia’s graduate program in Journalism has innovated in new media to keep pace with this recent paradigm shift. However, in every case where the curriculum has been updated to reflect the changing industry, those revisions are designed to complement the priority given to the fundamentals of news, investigative reporting, and information gathering. This balance of tradition and innovation means that graduates of this program to emerge as professional journalists trained across media platforms and prepared for the realities of today’s news market.

Active Reportorial and Publishing Experience

Columbia's growing urban campus is located in Chicago's thriving South Loop community, within walking distance of major government, media, and cultural institutions. The curriculum relies on the accessibility of these organizations, and the program treats Chicago as its own living laboratory. In the Reporting Lab seminars students are sent out into the city to cover the news in real time, alongside Chicago's working journalists. They also work closely with the city's news professionals through a robust internship program, which places students in national and local news outlets, government agencies and the offices of state legislators. Opportunities to both publish and serve as editors on the ChicagoTalks.org website--co-founded by Columbia Journalism professors Barbara Iverson and Suzanne McBride--provides students with an additional outlet to showcase their work and talent.

students in this program are not just observers or consumers of news and information in the city of Chicago, they are active participants: investigating, reporting, and delivering that news

This hands-on approach means students in this program are not just observers or consumers of news and information in the city of Chicago, they are active participants: investigating, reporting, and delivering that news. This experience, combined with one-on-one support and attention from the program's award winning, practitioner-based faculty, give students not only the professional skills they need but also the personal contacts necessary to begin careers as journalists, public affairs managers, new media entrepreneurs, editors and publishers.

Transition to a Career As a Practicing Journalist

Students who excel in this program demonstrate an active curiosity about their world and have a profession background in journalism or a strong academic base in the liberal arts.  The carefully designed professional course of study can be completed in three consecutive semesters of full-time study, making it ideal for those looking to quickly gain momentum and confidence as a practicing journalist.

the program allows for the thoughtful consideration of ethics and best practices

While intense and rigorous, Columbia's MA program in Journalism allows for the thoughtful consideration of ethics and best practices. After providing an essential academic base in practical political science, the program stresses first-hand reportorial experience, an insider's perspective, and developing career opportunities for insightful public affairs reporters.