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. Learn more about Journalism at USC Annenberg.


Your USC Annenberg experience will begin with a three-week digital news immersion. During the two semesters that follow, you will gain hands-on, real-world experience covering news stories throughout Los Angeles. Classroom work includes topics such as entrepreneurship and data. Following the second semester, optional media internships are available.


 Required Courses

  • JOUR 505 - The Practice: Journalism's Evolution as a Profession (2 units)
  • JOUR 258 - Summer Digital News Immersion (4 units)
  • JOUR 531L - Fall Digital News Immersion (8 units)
  • JOUR 546 - News and Numbers (2 units)
  • JOUR 547 - The Business of News (2 units)
  • JOUR 560 - Seminar in Mass Communication Law (2 units)
  • JOUR 598 - Journalism Capstone Project (2 units)

Students interested in specific journalistic platforms are encouraged to select an emphasis and complete the recommended courses for that emphasis:


Long-Form Video

  News Video

JOUR 521 - Documentary Pre-Production (2 units)

JOUR 522 - Video Documentary Production (4 units)

JOUR 575 - Converged Media Center (4 units)


JOUR 521 - Documentary Pre-Production (2 units)

JOUR 524 - Advanced Broadcast Reporting (4 units)

JOUR 575 - Converged Media Center (4 units)

Digital   Audio

JOUR 551 - Intermediate Online Publishing (4 units)

JOUR 553 - Coding and Programming for Storytelling (2 units)

JOUR 555 - Multimedia and Graphics in Online Publishing (4 units)

JOUR 575 - Converged Media Center (4 units)


JOUR 523 - Public Radio Reporting (2 units)

JOUR 525 - Public Radio Documentary (4 units)

JOUR 575 - Converged Media Center (4 units)


Any two advanced reporting and writing courses

JOUR 575 - Converged Media Center (4 units)

How to Apply

The M.S. in Journalism degree program is competitive; admission is limited to the summer term.

The program is designed for students who possess some journalism experience. You may have worked for your college newspaper or radio or television station, reported for a community newspaper, blogged for a web site, had some internships, or worked in another journalistic capacity.

Before submitting an application, please carefully review:

Student Media

Beyond the classroom, you will immediately engage with award-winning, student-produced media outlets, including Annenberg TV News, our day-of-air newscast; Annenberg Radio News, our radio newsmagazine; Impact, our TV newsmagazine; Neon Tommy, our digital news outlet; and our community news sites such as Alhambra Source, Boyle Heights Beat, and Intersections: The South Los Angeles Report. Through these outlets, you will hone your skills, work collaboratively with your classmates and faculty, and discover your role in shaping the future of journalism.


At USC Annenberg, you are part of a remarkable community of faculty, students and dedicated staff who are curious and passionate people just like you. Your professors are world-renowned, holding Pulitzer Prizes, duPont-Columbia batons and Emmy Awards. They are newscasters, writers, editors and producers. Hands-on training is a critical component of the journalism master’s degree.