American University

School of Communication

Journalism and Public Affairs


4400 Massachusetts Ave NW

Washington, DC 20016

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.A. in Print Journalism; M.A. in Broadcast Journalism; M.A. in Interactive Journalism; M.A. in News Media Studies

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The School of Communication at American University offers master’s degree programs in Print, Broadcast, and Interactive Journalism with a focus on investigative journalism and public affairs.  In the 33-credit hour Print Journalism program, students prepare for careers at newspapers, magazines, newsletters, and online publications. Students take advantage of SOC's unique location in Washington, D.C., regularly interviewing members of Congress, senior administration officials, and executives of prominent interest groups. The Broadcast program is designed to give graduates the skills necessary to enter today's competitive broadcast and cable journalism marketplace. Students learn about the role of the media in Washington institutions and ways in which the news businesses operate. Designed for working professionals, the 30-hour Interactive Journalism program each consist of a 20-month weekend curriculum and are designed both for those changing careers and professional journalists seeking to further their education or teach at the university level.


The Journalism programs at American University are accredited by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC).

International Student Requirements:

International students must demonstrate their proficiency in English with the following test scores on the TOEFL exam: minimum 100 on the IBT, minimum 250 on the computer based test, or minimum 600 on the paper-based TOEFL exam. SOC also accepts a minimum score of 7.0 on the IELTS exam. International students must have completed (or may be in the processes of completing) a four-year undergraduate degree. Three-year degrees will not be considered for application to SOC's graduate programs.

Facts & Figures

# of Credits Required: 30-33

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): 1299.00 USD

In State Tuition (per year): 1299 USD

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

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