Master of Specialized Journalism (The Arts) Program Information

The required curriculum is designed to be completed in 9.5 months (end of July to mid-May). You may attend part-time and extend the course of study over one-and-a-half or two academic years.

The program begins with a four-week intensive summer boot camp, JOUR 528: Summer Digital News Immersion (4 units), designed to increase multimedia expertise for students at any level – beginner to an advanced mid-career professional. Arts journalists and other specialized students work together in a newsroom environment, preparing to produce editorial content for their online arts & culture magazine, Ampersand.

For the remainder of the program, you will split your coursework between the School of Journalism and USC’s arts schools. Your interest and area of specialty will determine your course plan and it will be designed specifically for you. You will work with your faculty advisor to ensure you are selecting the appropriate coursework.

Course Requirements (34 Units)

  • JOUR 528 Summer Digital Journalism Immersion (4 units)
  • JOUR 591 Arts Writing Practicum (3 units)
  • JOUR 592 Arts Journalism: Storytelling and Production (3 units)
  • JOUR 593 Arts Criticism and Commentary (3 units)
  • JOUR 594a Master’s Thesis (2 units)
  • JOUR 594b Master’s Thesis (2 units)
  • Approved elective courses* (17 units)

*The elective course work (400-level courses and above) must be taken from faculty-recommended lists. No more than 10 units of 400-level electives may be taken. One elective must be taken from within the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. The other electives must be in at least two arts schools, with at least 8 units from one school. The arts schools are Architecture, Art and Design, Cinematic Arts, Dance, Dramatic Arts and Music.

Within the School of Journalism you will take at least 17 units of advanced coursework including:

  • JOUR 528, JOUR 591, JOUR 592 and JOUR 593
  • Journalism courses in arts and culture reporting, criticism and commentary
  • JOUR 594ab Master’s Thesis

Within USC’s five arts schools, you will take 17 units of graduate level electives. The elective course work must be taken from faculty-recommended lists in at least two arts schools, with at least 8 units from one school. Electives must be taken within the following schools: