M.S. Part Time

A Flexible Program for Working Professionals

The part‐time program is a more flexible, but no less rigorous, version of the M.S. degree program. Part‐time students follow the same curriculum as full‐time students but complete their work over two years instead of 10 months.

Who Should Apply

Applicants who live and work in the New York area and can attend class and spend at least six to eight additional hours a 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 Part-time Program Works

Part‐time students apply during the fall at the same time as their full‐time counterparts. If admitted, they must be ready to begin their first course, called Reporting, in mid‐May. This course extends through the summer and includes some additional class time for digital media training during the first few weeks. For each subsequent fall and spring, students select the courses they need to fulfill the remaining requirements.

Program Schedule

Year One

Summer:

  • Reporting (15 weeks)

Fall:

  • Writing module (7 weeks)
  • Image & Sound module (7 weeks) or Investigative Techniques (7 weeks)

Spring:

  • Seminar & Production course (15 weeks)

Year Two

Summer:

  • Master’s Project (15 weeks) 

Fall:

  • Law class (7 weeks) *
  • Critical Issues (7 weeks) or Journalism Essentials *
  • Image & Sound module (7 weeks) or Investigative Techniques (7 weeks) 

Spring:

  • Seminar & Production course (15 weeks)
  • Part‐time students who do not want to take the Law and Critical Issues classes at night have the option to take these classes in the Journalism Essentials format on Fridays with the full‐time students.

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Contact

Elena Cabral

Adjunct Faculty and Assistant Director, Student Services

mec9@columbia.edu

212-854-1124