School of Communication

Master's Degrees in Journalism

Telling Stories to Compel Change

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At American University, we train master storytellers for the digital age. Our sources are the nation's thought leaders. Our faculty are legends in the field. Our technology evolves with the times. Are you ready to propel your career? First, pick your program. Then, make an impact.

MA in Journalism and Public Affairs

Learn to broaden the reach of your work across multiple platforms with our rigorous 11-month program. Study the basic values of journalism, gain real-world experience, and shape your experience with one of our three specialties:

  • Investigative journalism
  • Broadcast
  • International journalism

MA in Journalism and Digital Storytelling

This weekend program is designed for working professionals seeking to complement their journalism skills with new technology. You will sharpen your writing, reporting, and editing skills and learn the latest techniques and technologies to connect with audiences in the new media landscape.

Real News. Real Impact.

I’m fortunate to be surrounded by and learn from the best in the craft.

As a Washington Post fellow, I cover education in Virginia for the Pulitzer-prize winning newspaper. I report on issues that have taken the national stage in recent months, including student activism, teacher diversity, and school shootings. I’ve absorbed so much from simply being around such a smart, hardworking, and deeply-talented group.

Make the Most out of Your Master's Degree

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There is no better place to study journalism than Washington, DC, where news is made every minute of every day.

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Tailor your curriculum to fit your lifestyle. SOC offers full- and part-time paces, plus weekend programs to accommodate working professionals.

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Experiential Learning

Gain real-world experience through fellowships and internships at prestigious organizations like NPR, the Washington Post, and more.