Master of Science in Journalism

You will advance excellence and drive innovation in today’s converged media landscape because we prepare you to be a highly-skilled, technologically fluent journalist.

The complex and culturally rich city of Los Angeles provides endless sources for stories as you report, produce, code and publish your work in a deadline-driven environment while also pursuing in-depth, multimedia projects. Through our intense, 11-month program, you will build a foundation of excellence in writing and ethics that emphasizes the importance of journalistic rigor, investigative reporting, and furthering the role of diverse communities in storytelling.

As our award-winning faculty guide you to create high-impact journalism, our media center’s cutting-edge capabilities will allow you to cover news across media and platforms — on the web and on the air, through podcasts and documentaries, and by embracing new and emerging technologies.

By the numbers

1/2
of students receive merit-based scholarship or fellowship fundingSince the program's inception in 2014, nearly half of our students have received support toward their education.
Since the program's inception in 2014, nearly half of our students have received support toward their education.
42
students in each graduating classEach graduating class is a small, close-knit community of journalists who receive personal attention from professors with experience in the field.
Each graduating class is a small, close-knit community of journalists who receive personal attention from professors with experience in the field.
100% %
of students learn digital journalism skillsOur students build a critical foundation in coding and data storytelling.
Our students build a critical foundation in coding and data storytelling.
96% %
of our Class of 2018 employed within 12 months of graduationOur recent grads’ employers include: National Public Radio, Wall Street Journal, Disney, Fusion, NBC, and Upworthy.
Our recent grads’ employers include: National Public Radio, Wall Street Journal, Disney, Fusion, NBC, and Upworthy.

Student, alumni and faculty work

How I became an L.A. Times food editor

Jenn Harris tells how her master’s in journalism helped get her a seat at the table.

Immersive storytelling for the unstable housing community

Students help people experiencing homelessness tell their own stories using immersive technology.

Shaping women’s identity

Professor Lisa Pecot-Hébert explores theory and gender body image in the media, including examining cosmetic surgery through a feminist lens.

Finding the story one database at a time

Disha Raychaudhuri ’17 helps readers make sense of big data as a member of NJ Advance Media’s data and investigations team.

Digging deeper

Students learn the investigative reporting craft from Professor Mark Schoofs.

Reporting abroad

Neha Wadekar ’16 navigates as a multimedia journalist in Africa for The New York Times, VICE Media and CNN.

Build your multimedia storytelling skills

USC Annenberg’s Media Center is a classroom and working newsroom with state- of-the-art capabilities, allowing you to gain firsthand experience in all fields of the news media. You will join the student-led news outlet Annenberg Media to explore writing, podcasting, television, and producing videos for social media. The media center’s award-winning faculty advisors who will guide you as you tackle the day’s news and delve deeper into topics that matter to the USC community.