College of Arts, Media & Design
School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs
Boston, MA 02115
Northeastern University is a private research institution located in Boston, Massachusetts. The university's focus on experience-based learning has earned it a number one ranking by both the "U.S. News and World Report" and the "Princeton Review.” With alumni in a variety of established media organizations around the world, Northeastern's School of Journalism has been educating future journalists for over 50 years.
Northeastern University offers a Master of Arts in Journalism (MA) in 2 concentrations: professional and research. Class sizes are small, usually 10 to 15 students. Full-time students can complete the MA program in one year. The program also accommodates part-time graduate students or working professionals who need to take required classes in the evening.
Professional Concentration for Journalism Students from all Backgrounds
The professional concentration prepares journalism students for work in the media industry, usually as reporters or editors. This concentration attracts a wide range of students with different levels of experience. Some students have undergraduate degrees in journalism, while others have been working in the field. Those with little journalism experience are welcome in the program and begin with an intensive skills course. Students in the master's professional concentration take general journalism courses such as enterprise reporting, research methods in journalism, and perspectives on journalism and professional ethics. Real-life experience is imperative in this concentration, so students are encouraged to participate in the co-op option that includes a 6-month paid position in the media.
Research Concentration Combines Journalism and Specialized Studies
Students who choose the research concentration typically have established experience in the journalism field and wish to specialize in an area or topic of journalism, such as politics. This program is designed both for journalists who aspire to cover a specialty field and for individuals who wish to begin careers as journalism instructors. Along with journalism instruction, master's students in this concentration choose a course of study outside of the journalism department in an area such as history, education, religion, or political science. They take a total of nine courses, both inside and outside the journalism school. Finally, students in this concentration each complete a thesis on a media issue related to their specialty.
Experiential Education Offers Real-World Journalism Experience
Students in the School of Journalism graduate programs can participate in a paid co-op in order to gain real-world experience. Participation in a co-op usually delays graduation by 6 months, but allows the student to work as a reporter or editor in a media company during that time, earning a salary and gaining invaluable work experience. Many students choose to take advantage of the media opportunities in Boston and seek a co-op employer in the area; others choose to travel across the US or internationally. Past co-op employers include "Boston Globe," "Boston Herald," Dr. Oz, ESPN, Global Post, MSNBC, Reebok, and Vogue.
Prize-winning Faculty Members with Industry Experience
The School of Journalism faculty is comprised of instructors with at least ten years of industry experience in journalism. Each faculty member continues to be a part of the industry through writing, editing, or producing. The graduate faculty includes Walter Robinson, an investigative reporter from the "Boston Globe" and leader in a Pulitzer-Prize-winning investigation. Former "U.S. News and World Report" correspondent Nicholas Daniloff teaches foreign and Washington correspondence courses. Charles Fountain, a former professional sportscaster, teaches sports journalism and sports writing.
New England First Amendment Center
The New England First Amendment Center is a group venture between the New England First Amendment Coalition, the Northeastern School of Journalism, and the University's Center for Urban and Regional Policy. The center was founded in response to growing concerns over records and meetings becoming increasingly restricted to journalists and the public. Many of the Northeastern University journalism faculty members conduct research at the center. In addition, the New England First Amendment Center coordinates educational programs and seminars that students and the general public may attend.
Accreditation:New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)
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Financial Aid: Yes
International Financial Aid: Yes
International Financial Aid Description: Yes, all students are encouraged to apply for financial assistance when they apply for admission. Please speak to an Enrollment Advisor for more information.
Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive
Loans Offered: All students are encouraged to apply for financial assistance when they apply for admission. Federal, state, University scholarship programs, and payment options are available.
Locale: Large City