Learn how the graduate program at Northeastern University’s School of Journalism can meet your career needs.
We offer a one-year master of arts in three concentrations—Professional, Journalism and Public Policy, and Research. Our master’s program offers a chance to study in Boston with a small and caring faculty of specialists with years of experience and contacts at the highest levels of American journalism.
You can learn investigative reporting from Walter Robinson, who led The Boston Globe’s Pulitzer-Prize-winning investigation of the sex abuse scandal in the Catholic Church. Study foreign and Washington correspondence with former UPI and U.S. News & World Report foreign correspondent Nicholas Daniloff, who made headlines in Moscow when he was taken for a time by the KGB. Or learn about the cutting edge of interactive media with Jeff Howe, Wired Magazine contributing editor and the author of the book Crowdsourcing. Study ethics with Stephen Burgard, a former member of the Los Angeles Times editorial board who is an expert on the intersection of religion, politics and the press. Robert Turner, former Boston Globe columnist, teaches journalism and public policy. Explore sports journalism and sports writing with Charles Fountain, former radio and television sportscaster. Professors Alan Schroeder and Belle Adler have expertise on broadcast and visual journalism.
Our concentrations provide students with opportunities for hands-on training in all aspects of journalism, specialized reporting on public policy, or study that could lead to opportunities in teaching—whatever best fits your career path. Concentrations in the graduate program include:
- Professional Concentration: In the Professional Concentration, we admit a diverse group of students. Many have little or no media experience and begin the program with an intensive three-week skills course. Some of our students majored in journalism and wrote for college publications as undergraduates. Others have worked in the media for several years and join the program to prepare for more challenging and higher-paying jobs.
- Journalism and Public Policy Concentration: Boston is a great place to study public policy and journalism. Northeastern School of Journalism, in partnership with the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, has designed a graduate program specifically for journalists who want to specialize in public policy reporting and writing.
- Research Concentration: This program is designed for those with significant professional journalism experience who wish to prepare for careers as journalism educators or who wish to do writing and research in a specialized field.
We offer full- and part-time options to suit all of our students’ needs. Full-time students can complete the program in one year by enrolling in classes during the two summer semesters. Students who participate in Northeastern University’s nationally recognized Cooperative Education program will take longer to graduate.