FAQs

GENERAL QUESTIONS

Visit the Admissions page for general FAQs related to the application process, tuition, financial aid, and more.

You can also view and download the Master of Professional Studies Handbook here.

PROGRAM-SPECIFIC QUESTIONS

How is this program different from other journalism degree programs?
Who are the faculty?
What if I’m not sure of the type of journalism I want to do?
How many courses are offered each semester?
Are there elective courses?
Are there any online courses available?
How long does it take to complete the program?
What is the average age of the student body?
Do you offer internship placements?
Are there any scholarships?
Can I visit the campus and meet with staff?
How do I register?
Can I transfer credits from another program?
If my question isn’t answered here, what do I do?

How is this program different from other journalism degree programs?
The MPS in Journalism offers a practical approach to learning, where critical thinking and multifaceted skills converge. We focus on developing journalists and media professionals with strong ethical backbones and entrepreneurial spirits.

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Who are the faculty?
Our faculty members are well-respected working journalists at some of the nation’s largest media organizations, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, NPR, and NBC, just to name a few. They are selected based on their expertise and level of experience. We add new faculty on a regular basis to reflect the changing coursework. For more information on specific faculty members, visit the Faculty section.

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What if I’m not sure of the type of journalism I want to do?
Students often enter the program unsure of the specific platform or topic they would like to specialize in, and that’s okay. Part of what makes this program so useful is that the journalism skills and experiences apply across platforms and can be used in a variety of jobs. With the help of personal advising sessions with program staff, students are also guided along their own journeys of discovery and experimentation in many of the digital-based skills. The result is a richer and more adaptable education, in comparison to the outdated “silo” model of journalism education.

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How many courses are offered each semester?
Courses vary each semester, depending on availability and demand. However, every semester, there will be a variety of courses offered to meet students' interests and needs. The Capstone course and many of the required core courses are offered each semester. We offer courses in the fall, spring, and summer.

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Are there elective courses?
Yes. As a student in the program, you will have the flexibility to customize the program’s diverse list of electives to meet your professional and educational goals. See About the Degree for more information.

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Are there any online courses available?
No. One of the many strengths of the Journalism program is the hands-on, applied learning that happens in the classroom. We highly value the one-on-one time our students have in classes with our award-winning faculty and guest speakers and think that these interactions positively contribute to the overall student experience.

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How long does it take to complete the program?
It generally takes part-time students about two years to complete the Journalism program; full-time students can complete the program in about four semesters.

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What is the average age of the student body?
The average student age is 25, but students have come to the program from the age of 21 up to 64.

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Do you offer internship placements?
We offer many opportunities for internships, but not as direct placements. However, because we have relationships with many news organizations that offer internships, we announce internship and job opportunities from these organizations in our weekly newsletter. We also tap into our deep relationships with working alumni to learn about new opportunities.

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Are there any scholarships?
Because many of our students are working professionals, Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies offers all of its programs at reduced rates. As a result, we don’t offer many school scholarships. However, the Journalism program provides students with a weekly newsletter that contains updated scholarship, fellowship, and job opportunities within the industry. Please visit the Admissions website for current tuition costs.

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Can I visit the campus and meet with staff?
Yes. We are happy to provide tours or class visits to new and prospective students, but please contact us first to schedule your visit and arrange meetings. You can also schedule a class visit to get an idea of what the classroom experience is like.

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How do I register?
The Master of Professional Studies in Journalism entails a competitive admissions process. You must first apply to the program. Acceptance into this program is required before registration can be initiated and completed. Students are provided with registration instructions when they receive their official notification of admission into the program. For more information, please contact your admissions counselor.

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Can I transfer credits from another program?
Up to six credits can be transferred, subject to the dean’s approval. We will need your transcript, the course descriptions, and the syllabi to determine if those courses can be matched to our coursework.

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If my question isn’t answered here, what do I do?
Contact us. We welcome your questions.

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