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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 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.

Learn from leaders in the communications field

You’ll learn from media experts like Christopher Bury, a Peabody and Emmy-award winning reporter and news anchor who spent 30 years as an ABC News news correspondent. “We pride ourselves on connecting personally with students and mentoring them on projects that will lead directly to internships and professional opportunities,” he says. “We also have professional contacts that can help students get jobs.”

“If you are interested in journalism and communications, there’s no better place to learn than this program. The mentors I gained still help me today. Your professors and advisors truly care about your success and career preparation. From gathering information and collecting sources to writing a story and working with a news team, all of the skills I use today are ones I learned at DePaul. Now, I apply those skills as a multimedia journalist and producer on a national newscast.”

Kelley (MA ’17)

Producer, WGN News Nation

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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