Master of Professional Studies in Journalism
Journalism faculty instructor Ben de la Cruz assists student Kolby Ford with a video journalism project. (Credit: Serena Kefayeh)
The curriculum for the MPS in Journalism blends hands-on learning with critical and ethical thinking to prepare students for both current and future news and media careers.
A key feature of the program is that students are not confined to a traditional track (broadcast, print, online), affording them more opportunities for cross-platform learning, and better preparing them for the expectations of the industry.
With flexible options for full- or part-time participation and weekday evening classes, the Journalism program enables students to take classes at a pace that suits their needs without interrupting their careers. Students may also change the number of courses they take each semester and are not bound by whether they entered the program full-time or part-time. Typically, students finish the program in about two calendar years; students who participate in the program full-time can finish in four semesters (16 months).
Students with less industry experience are encouraged to seek out internships and other professional opportunities to apply their learning, gain on-the-job experience, and build their portfolios while completing the program.
Degree and Grade Requirements
The degree requires 10 courses (30 credits total) to complete, including:
- Five core courses (15 credits total): Ethics in Journalism, Reporting and News Writing, Digital Essentials, Video Journalism, and Capstone.
- Five elective courses (15 credits total): Students can select from a broad range of electives to pursue their interests, hone their skills, and customize their learning experiences.
Students must maintain a minimum, cumulative grade point average of a 3.0 (“B”) and receive a “B” or higher in all core courses in order to graduate from the program.
Students who successfully finish their first four core courses move on to taking electives, where they can delve deeper into a particular area or explore a new interest. The Journalism program constantly updates and expands its elective options to meet the evolving needs of the industry. Examples of electives include Political Reporting, Entrepreneurial Journalism, Data Reporting, and Multimedia Storytelling. To further explore the program’s elective courses, see the listing at the bottom of the page.
The program culminates with the Capstone course, during which students apply their skills to produce a substantial piece of work that will serve as a centerpiece for their portfolio. Students are strongly encouraged to enroll in this course alone during their final semester.
Students who can demonstrate exceptional professional experience and achievement may attempt to waive out of Reporting and News Writing, Digital Essentials, and Video Journalism. If a waiver is granted for a course, students then take an elective in place of that course. The total courses needed for graduation remains 10.
More information on grade and graduation requirements can be found in the MPS Student Handbook.
What to Expect From Classes
The MPS in Journalism uses an applied curriculum that emphasizes quality reporting, strong writing, and compelling storytelling. Journalists are measured by stories, and the program provides as much experience as possible in storytelling, immersing students in the real world of reporting; writing; shooting and editing video, photos, and audio; using data and social media; blogging; and more.
“The years I spent at Georgetown allowed me to not only cover those gaps in my understanding, but also have the chance to try out a range of different storytelling techniques and mediums that my day job would not allow.”– Peter Schroeder (G’10)
What to Expect From Capstone
The Capstone experience enables students to gain experience producing a major piece of journalism. Students will call upon all they have learned throughout the program to produce an enterprise project of their choosing, with guidance from their Capstone instructor. They will also be asked to reflect upon the ethical issues they faced as both a professional and as a student journalist.
"The experience of Capstone reinforced why I wanted to be in this program. Doing these interviews, being out in the field—that's why I want to be a journalist."– Desire’ Moses (G’14)
For more details on the program and a list of required and elective courses, please visit our program details page.