Master of Science in Journalism

The Journalism M.S. program at USC Annenberg

Continuing to push journalism education and practice forward, the USC Annenberg School’s nine-month, 36-unit, Master of Science degree in Journalism is an intense, deadline driven program in which students learn to write, report, produce, code, publish and promote (through social media) cross-platform stories in a converged news environment.

Students also choose a specialty area that prepares them for careers in broadcast television and radio news, long-form audio and video documentaries, or online multimedia news production. Cutting-edge digital courses cater to students interested in careers in data journalism, data visualization, app creation, online design & publishing, and coding.

The Journalism M.S. program at USC Annenberg

USC Annenberg’s eleven-month journalism master’s program trains modern reporters in the new Wallis Annenberg Hall

  • Late Summer

    Journalism best practices for text, video, audio and digital

    9 units required. Summer Digital News Immersion; Media Law; News, Numbers and Introduction to Data Journalism; The Practice: Journalism’s Evolution as a Profession. Writing electives available.

  • Fall Semester

    The Total Journalist: Focus on cross-platform reporting

    9 units required. Fall Digital News Immersion; Navigating the Media Marketplace; Special Assignment Reporting Classes; Intro to Coding and Programming for Storytelling. Electives available.

  • Spring Semester

    Choose your coding, news, data or app adventure

    4 units required. Journalism Capstone Project. Advanced reporting and production electives available.

  • May 2016



  • Post-grad

    Journalism Summer Associates Program

    Paid positions with companies from across the media spectrum (TV, radio, web/online and major newspapers) all over the country. International internships are also possible

New Progressive M.S. Journalism Degree

The USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism also offers a new Progressive M.S. Journalism Degree. The Progressive Degree program enables superior USC undergraduates to begin work on a master’s degree while completing requirements for the bachelor’s degree.  

For more information please contact: 

Vince Gonzales 
Professor of Professional Practice
Coordinator, Master's Programs, School of Journalism
USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism