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Journalism (MA)
Journalism (MA)
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Tell the stories that matter

Gain sought-after skills as an adaptable, data-literate multimedia journalist. With an MA in Journalism from DePaul, you’ll graduate with more than an academic understanding of journalism and its impact on the world; you’ll have a solid professional network and robust portfolio to show employers.

Create socially responsible, accurate and impactful digital, print, and broadcast content using the latest reporting tools. Whether you’re an active professional looking to expand your knowledge and network, or your bachelor’s degree is in another field and you want to pivot to journalism—you’ll leave DePaul headed to the next step of your writing, editing or production career.

The program is typically completed in two years. Classes are offered weekday evenings on the Loop Campus.

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Study in the third-largest media market in the country

Our location in the heart of Chicago puts you in the middle of one of the nation’s main news hubs. You’ll benefit from partnerships, projects, and faculty and alumni connections with the organizations and outlets surrounding our campus. Each year, nearly 300 graduate and undergraduate students intern locally at places like WTTW/Channel 11, WXRT-FM, ABC7, NBC Universal, Telemundo, CBS 2, Comcast SportsNet, Tribune Publishing and the Chicago Reader.

Application Deadlines

Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis. Students may be admitted to the program for the fall, winter, or spring quarters.

Admission Requirements

Submit an online application, official transcripts, statement of purpose, writing sample, and résumé or curriculum vitae.

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Required Courses

You’ll take three core journalism courses and up to nine electives.

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of 2019 College of Communication master’s degree recipients were employed or continuing their education within six months of graduation


Our student media outlets were awarded more than 15 major student journalism awards in 2016

Learn from leaders in the communications field

You'll learn from experts in the journalism field, like Professor and Graduate Program Director of Journalism, Bruce Evensen. During his career, Evensen has written and published eight books including his most recent book "Journalism and the American Experience" which, similar to his class with the same title, focuses on how Journalism has affected the American experience.

“Before starting at DePaul, I didn’t have any specific, real-world knowledge about how to be a broadcast journalist. I knew how to write, but I had no idea how to present, craft and investigate. In the master’s in Journalism program, I was able to get my hands on any video or computer equipment I needed to start telling stories around campus. I had a group of supportive teachers providing guidance and feedback every step of the way. I was challenged to work quicker, smarter and faster.”

PJ (MA ’11)
Investigative Reporter, NBC affiliate KSDK-TV


Alumni Network

DePaul Journalism alumni are actively working across print, digital and broadcast, connecting you to jobs at outlets and organizations such as WGN News, The Chicago Tribune, the International Human Rights Law Institute, Huffington Post, The Associated Press, Reuters Health, Poynter Institute, WBEZ Chicago Public Radio and Vogue, as well as Fox, NBC, CBS and ABC affiliate stations across the country.


The College of Communication offers a tuition award and scholarship opportunities. In addition, the Journalism program has a limited number of graduate assistantships that include a one-course tuition waiver. Learn more about the opportunities available to you.

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Contact Information

For more information about applying, contact The Office of Graduate Admission at (773) 325-4405 or

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We’ll send you our viewbook with information about the degree, admission requirements and upcoming info sessions. Let’s get started.

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