Master of Science in Journalism

The Master of Science in Journalism 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.

Master of Science in Journalism Program Information

Getting an M.S. in Journalism at USC Annenberg

USC Annenberg’s nine-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



  • 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

Progressive Journalism (M.S.) Degree

The USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism also offers a Progressive Journalism (M.S.) 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.  Mandatory information sessions for current USC students are held in fall and spring semesters Contact Annenberg Admissions for the dates and times.

For more information about the Progressive Journalism (M.S.) please contact: 

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