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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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Explore our Journalism Master's


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.

Explore Degree Requirements

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.  

Required Courses

(18 credits)

Basic Reporting & Writing for Journalism (JRN 510)

Multimedia Journalism (JRN 520)

Solutions Journalism (JRN 521)

Communication Law & Ethics (COM 577) - online

Principles of Inclusive Engagement (COM 583) - online

Master's Project in Journalism (JRN 600)

Sample Electives

(15 credits)

The Big Story (JRN 530)

Independent Study (JRN 587)

Graduate Internship (JRN 588)

Special Topics in Journalism (JRN 590)

Storytelling & Narrative Design (JRN 603)

International Journalism (JRN 613)

Data-Driven Storytelling (JRN 615)