Master of Journalism

Become a versatile and innovative professional journalist with the Master of Journalism degree program from the Lew Klein College of Media and Communication at Temple University. Develop your talents in writing, editing and multimedia work, and gain a deeper understanding of journalism’s evolving roles and practices in today’s media landscape. Using Philadelphia as an extension of the classroom, you will refine the reporting skills necessary to convey compassionate and extensively researched stories centered in an urban environment. 

Designed to teach current and aspiring journalists, the 30-credit Journalism MJ provides rigorous training as a cohort experience, encouraging students to work together and learn from one another as much as they’re learning from faculty and local professionals. Expand on your overall reporting expertise, or receive specialized training in one of the following areas.

  • Broadcast journalism

  • Community journalism

  • Entrepreneurial journalism

  • Investigative reporting

  • Podcasting

  • Various forms of digital journalism

Within one year, your immersive training experience will culminate in a self-guided capstone project that represents your independent reporting.

Philadelphia Is Your Classroom

Located in the fourth-largest media market in the U.S., the Journalism MJ program offers students access to a city ripe with innovation. Philadelphia is replete with journalistic experiments (including startups and nonprofits) that are rethinking metropolitan, niche and ethnic media. 

The city’s daily newspapers are owned by a nonprofit organization—an experiment many hope will represent a path to sustainability for news organizations around the country. As a student in this master’s program, you will interact with journalists and innovators from those organizations, forming strong connections in Philadelphia’s vast network of media professionals.

Program Format & Curriculum

The 30-credit Master of Journalism courses take place at Temple’s Main Campus, and students are expected to complete the program in one year of full-time study. The following courses are required. 

  • Editing the News

  • Introduction to Urban Journalism

  • Journalism and the Public Interest

  • Journalism Concepts

  • Urban Reporting Lab 1 and 2

Additionally, students are required to complete the Capstone Reporting Experience, which consists of an independent reporting project. The goal of this project is to produce a journalistic masterwork (analogous to a thesis) that will lead to professional publication. Students must also choose one elective course to aid in their specialization. Learn more about program requirements for the Journalism MJ.

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Tuition & Fees

In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, this Master of Journalism offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency, and more. These tuition costs apply to the 2023–2024 academic year.

Pennsylvania resident: $1,169.00 per credit
Out-of-state: $1,565.00 per credit

You can view the full Cost of Attendance breakdown on the Student Financial Services website.


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