The program attracts working journalists who want to take their careers to the next level with new skills and career changers who want to learn the fundamentals of journalism and receive guidance as they transition into the industry.
The Part-time Program is a more flexible — but no less rigorous — version of the M.S. degree. Students in this program follow the same curriculum as full‐time students, but complete their work over two years instead of 10 months.
Launched in 1991 by Dean Joan Konner, the M.S. Part-time Program has graduated nearly 900 journalists, including two women who went on to win Pulitzer Prizes and many other distinguished graduates across media platforms.
Who Should Apply
Applicants who can attend class and spend at least six to eight additional hours per week reporting and writing are eligible for the part-time program.
Although some classes are offered at night and on weekends, this is not a night program. Applicants must have enough flexibility in their jobs to chase stories wherever the reporting takes them and attend extracurricular events at the Journalism School.
How the Program Works
Part-time students start taking courses in the fall and begin working on their master's projects the following May. For the subsequent fall and spring, students select the courses they need to fulfill the remaining requirements.