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Get your Master's in Journalism

Find new ways to tell the stories society needs

Study your way

Complete your degree in as little as 1.5 years

33-credit program

In-person courses with a limited number of online electives 

Our focus on community-oriented, solutions-driven journalism sets Stony Brook apart from other programs.

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33-credit M.S. in Journalism

On campus and online courses available

You'll learn how community engagement and solutions journalism, shared across digital formats, can help people understand the world; engage with others respectfully; and address problems and inequities in society.

It is designed for professional and aspiring journalists. Students work with award-winning faculty to highlight real, growing and overlooked issues and areas in society. 



In classes, you will learn to:

  • Engage and integrate authentic voices from every corner of the community
  • Understand media law and uphold journalistic ethics, integrity and a commitment to transparency
  • Examine data and use it to tell a story accurately and dynamically
  • Question your own biases and recognize how your experiences shape how you see and interact with individuals and communities

A limited number of courses are available online.

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Earn your degree on a timeline that works for you:

If you want to know how long it takes to get a master's in journalism, the answer is that it's up to you.

You can follow an accelerated path and complete 4 classes each semester, earning your M.S. in Journalism in a year and a half. If you're balancing graduate work and other commitments, or simply want to take your time, you can take one course a semester and finish in 5 years. Or you can fall somewhere in between.  

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Required Courses

(18 credits)

JRN 510: Basic Reporting & Writing for Journalism

JRN 520: Multimedia Journalism 

JRN 521: Solutions Journalism 

COM 577: Communication Law & Ethics - online

COM 583: Principles of Inclusive Engagement - online

JRN 600: Master's Project in Journalism 

Sample Electives

(15 credits)

JRN 544: Freelance Writing

JRN 545: Mobile Podcasting 

COM 550: Climate Communication

JRN 603: Storytelling & Narrative Design

JRN 613: International Journalism

JRN 615: Data-Driven Storytelling 

JRN 625: Media Reporting on Crime