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 can begin the program with an intensive three-week skills course.

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

Full-time students can finish the program in a year. Part-time students, can take one or two courses each semester and complete the program in two or three years.

The Co-op Option

As a national leader in cooperative education, Northeastern offers a unique option for its master’s degree students in the Professional Concentration for those who want pursue a career in the news media.  Full-time students can complement their academic study with a six-month job assignment as a reporter or editor at area media organizations. Co-op is not a requirement, but students who choose it generally take an additional six months to graduate.

The Curriculum

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

Required courses include: Fundamentals of Digital Storytelling, Enterprise Reporting 1 in the fall semester, Enterprise Reporting 2 in the spring semester and Perspectives on Journalism and Professional Ethics in the summer semester. Students must take one practicum course and four electives. Students 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.