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The Professional Concentration curriculum balances basic news courses tailored for the digital world with preparation to enter the job market.

Our graduate students have an opportunity to learn journalism theory and skills from faculty who have long careers as journalists in print, broadcast and online news venues. Many of our master’s degree students graduate with published articles from leading print and online news organizations.

Students who pursue the Professional concentration come from a variety of backgrounds. Some have no experience; others have some experience, but want to refine their skills or enter teaching. Those with little or no media experience have the option to begin the program with an intensive three-week skills course.


As an international leader in cooperative education, Northeastern offers a unique option for its master’s degree students who want pursue a career in the news media.

Full-time students can complement their academic study with a four or six-month co-op job in a media organization. Visit our Co-ops in Journalism page for more information about our Co-op program and our employers.


Full-time students typically finish the program in 18 months to two years; part-time students generally complete the program in two to three years. Full-time students have the option to accelerate their program to finish in one year.

The Professional concentration curriculum consists of nine courses plus a one-credit optional Intensive Reporting class for students who have no reporting experience.

Required courses include:

  • Fundamentals of Digital Journalism
  • Enterprise Reporting 1 (fall semester)
  • Enterprise Reporting 2 (spring semester)
  • Perspectives on Journalism and Professional Ethics (spring semester)

Students must take one practicum course and four electives, and can take one elective outside the School of Journalism. Students need nine courses, 36 credits, and a grade point average of 3.0 to meet graduation requirements.

Interested in Co-op?

Graduate students interested in going on co-op should contact Kellianne Murphy at k.murphy@neu.edu. Although co-op extends your graduation, it is often a valuable experience for graduate students. Graduate students must be enrolled in the program and cannot go on co-op post graduation.