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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. Most classes are offered weekday evenings on the Loop or Lincoln Park Campuses. Some classes are offered during the day or online.

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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 Journalism graduates were employed, continuing their education or pursuing other goals within six months of graduation.


Our student media outlets received more than 30 major student journalism awards in 2019–20.

Work on projects with global perspectives

College of Communication faculty reach across DePaul and beyond our campus as they work on projects and initiatives. In 2020, Associate Professor Hai Tran partnered with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a think tank baesd in Washington, D.C. Students in his special topics course connected with policy experts and veteran journalists to produce a special reporting project on disputes and environmental issues impacting the South China Sea.

“I had the ability to tailor my program experience and gained practical first-hand experience and knowledge in running social media accounts and blogs. I was also able to improve my photography skills and networked with industry professionals. Years later, I look for trends and analyze marketing campaigns, working with a lot of numbers. The research skills I learned in graduate school can still be applied today.”

Craig (MA ’09)

Digital Insights Manager, Pegula Sports and Entertainment

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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