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MA in Interactive Journalism

2012 graduates of American University School of Communication Interactive JOurnalism program jump for joy
“I came away from the IJ program feeling that I had a network of contacts, both from the faculty and my classmates,”
says Michael O’Connell, MA '12. Photo by Patricia Topliffe.

30 credits, 20 months, Saturdays

Why Apply for an Interactive Journalism Master's?

  • Sharpen your writing, reporting and editing skills.
  • Construct stories on the Web and learn to write effectively for an on-line audience.
  • Study the relationship of business, ethics and the law to on-line media.
  • Learn how to design readable news Web sites that incorporate digital sound and video.
  • Become a pioneer and help shape a new information medium.

Who should apply?

  • Traditional journalists who want to complement their skills with new technology.
  • Web professionals ready to embrace a new career challenge and leverage their technical skills to enter the communications world.
  • Those interested in changing careers to work as full-time journalists.

Benefits of the weekend program?

  • Earn your master's degree in 20 months without interrupting your career.
  • Stay with the same group of students (cohort), enhance your skills and develop your network.
  • No GRE required and a streamlined application process.
  • Gridiron Scholarship. Apply by July 1 for priority consideration. Completed applications submitted by August 15 receive priority consideration for University based merit funding.
Ben Penserga Interactive Journalism program.

Courtesy of Penserga family

“As a journalist in the middle of his career, the interactive journalism graduate program at American University gave me the skills and mindset to succeed as the industry continues to move into the digital realm. Without the IJ program, I don't think I would be prepared in the digital-first journalism world.”

Ben Penserga (MA '13)

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