M.Sc. On Campus


University of Southern California

9 months
60446 USD/year
60446 USD/year
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Continuing to push journalism education and practice forward, the Journalism MSc program at University of Southern California is an intense, deadline driven program in which students learn to write, report, produce, code, publish and promote (through social media) cross-platform stories in a converged news environment.


What you will study

The nine-month Journalism MSc program at University of Southern California will provide opportunities for you to cover stories and explore technological possibilities on the front lines of the communication revolution.

The USC Annenberg School prepares graduates for significant careers in journalism. Our 36-unit, nine-month program – the foundation of which is built on reporting and writing -- teaches you how to produce digital content across all platforms (broadcast, online and print), understand the importance of context and analysis, and embrace the role of diverse communities in storytelling. Through a variety of core and elective courses taught by a world-class, award-winning faculty, you hone a journalistic sensibility that prepares you for a rapidly changing profession. Optional media internships are available following the final semester of the degree program.

Students enrolled in the M.S. in Journalism will learn how to write, report, produce, code, publish and promote (through social media) cross-platform stories in a converged news environment under intense deadline pressure. Students are also offered courses that provide a specialty in an area of interest which may prepare them for more specific careers in television news, radio news, long-form audio and video documentary production, online video and audio news production, and various forms of text reporting (including newspapers, magazines and online webtext). Classes are also offered that allow students to build on basic digital skills and embark on careers in data journalism, data visualization, app creation, online design and publishing, and coding.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • The Practice: Journalism's Evolution as a Profession
  • Summer Digital News Immersion
  • Fall Digital News Immersion
  • News and Numbers
  • The Business of News
  • Seminar in Mass Communication Law
  • Journalism Capstone Project
  • Multimedia and Graphics in Online Publishing

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 9 months

Start dates & application deadlines


36 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You must hold a degree considered equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree, as evaluated by the USC Office of Graduate & International Admission. 
  • Your college or university must be recognized by the appropriate governmental ministry as a degree-granting institution.
  • All transcripts and degree certificates/diplomas must be written in the original language of instruction. 
  • Official transcripts must show all courses and subjects taken and all grades (marks) received.
  • Official transcripts must be sent directly to USC by the college or university.
  • CV/ Résumé
  • Personal Statement
  • Writing Sample
  • Copy of your official passport (International Applicants only)
  • Proof of Financial Support (International Applicants Only).

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    60446 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 30223 USD per semester during 9 months.
  • National

    60446 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 30223 USD per semester during 9 months.

Living costs for Los Angeles

1520 - 2570 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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