Journalism — a profession that transcends borders.

Columbia Journalism School is deeply committed to inspiring and training the next generation of leaders in international journalism, wherever they work. Our programs provide the foundation for reporting intelligently and safely on our complex world.

What We Offer

Our students learn as part of a truly international community – about 40 percent of those enrolled in the Journalism School come from outside the U.S. Recent classes have included students from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, India, Lebanon, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Iceland, Iran, Israel, Macedonia, Mexico, New Zealand, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Syria, Thailand, Turkey, Uganda, U.K., Zimbabwe and many other countries.

This diversity strengthens the learning experience in and out of the classroom. Lively discussion in an ethics class, for example, may start with a study of American conflicts of interest, then examine the challenges of reporting from Mexico, Pakistan or other countries where journalists face dangers just for doing their jobs. M.S. courses also focus on transnational subjects such as migration, human rights and global media trends.

Outside the classroom, a new initiative, #cjsglobal, brings students together for a wide range of events: informal discussions about international breaking news; a postcard campaign calling for release of imprisoned journalists; workshops on safety training; and panels on press freedom, covering conflict and working as a freelance foreign correspondent.

Explore our degree programs.



Journalism School students have a range of opportunities to study and report on international issues. In the M.S. program, several fall semester Reporting professors assign students to beats covering New York City's many ethnic communities; and the Friday classes on history, ethics, media law and business of journalism include discussions related to global media and international journalists.

Spring classes offer additional international curriculum opportunities. The 2016 offerings included courses on using data to investigate across borders; on covering armies and spies around the world; and on covering global migration issues facing women and girls.

The M.A. seminars-in-concentration frequently cover international issues and many M.A. students report abroad for the thesis. M.A. students may also select Outside Electives focused on international subjects.

Please note: The classes listed here represent recent offerings at the Journalism School. Choices vary each semester depending on faculty availability and other considerations. Classes described now may change or be dropped to make room for new additions.

China Seminar

Covering Conflict

Covering Religion

Gendering Migration: An Intensive Course on Women and Girls Crossing Borders

Human Rights Reporting

International Newsroom

International Newsroom: How to Cover Armies and Spies

International Reporting

Using Data to Investigate Across Borders

Student Work


Steve Coll

Dean & Henry R. Luce Professor of Journalism

Ann Cooper

CBS Professor of Professional Practice in International Journalism;
International Director

Sheila Coronel

Toni Stabile Professor of Professional Practice in Investigative Journalism; Director, Toni Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism, and Dean of Academic Affairs

Giannina Segnini

Knight Chair in Data Journalism and Director of the M.S. In Data Journalism Program