11 months
63468 USD/year
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The Specialized Journalism (The Arts) MA program offered at University of Southern California brings together journalists and professionals from the world of arts and culture who want to develop and refine their communication skills.


What you will study

The Specialized Journalism (The Arts) MA program offered at University of Southern California comprises two separate and distinct journalism concentrations – one focusing on the arts and the other on food. These journalism disciplines begin at the same place of origin with a seven-week 3-unit summer digital immersion course, and join forces for one required course in the fall. After that they go their separate ways, each required to take the same number of units, including a 2-unit commitment to a thesis project in each of the fall and spring semesters.

The Specialized Journalism (The Arts) MA program offered at University of Southern California is primarily geared toward the experienced journalist, and yet it also, with no less parity, welcomes the amateur. What must be demonstrated prior to acceptance is a strong record of interest and competence in a subject area. For the arts, this spans the critical environments of film, television, music, theatre, dance, literature, architecture and visual arts. We welcome artists with a solid background and/or arts conservatory training who express sincere commitment to wanting to learn the journalism practice and skills to tell compelling stories. The arts master’s students’ electives will primarily be taken at one or more of USC’s arts schools. For food MA students, a demonstrable knowledge about food, and a socio-political understanding and curiosity about the places where food intersects with culture is expected.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Summer Digital Journalism Immersion 
  • Seminar in Mass Communication Law 
  • Arts Writing Practicum
  • Arts Journalism: Storytelling and Production 
  • Arts Criticism and Commentary 
  • Media, Food and Culture 
  • The Art of (Micro) Food Journalism: Los Angeles and California 
  • The Art of (Macro) Food Journalism: A Global View 
  • Food Culture Journalism

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 11 months

Start dates & application deadlines


34 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • 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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    63468 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 63468 USD per year during 11 months.
  • National

    63468 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 63468 USD per year during 11 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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