Graduate Program CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

Graduate Program CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

New York, NY
student ratio
total students
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
January 3
fall application deadline
Not Reported
acceptance rate
3 Degrees Offered
degrees offered


The CUNY Graduate School of Journalism Prepares Students for Media Jobs in an Intimate Environment

The CUNY Graduate School of Journalism offers about 100 students per class plenty of personal attention as they learn to tell stories using print, video, broadcast, documentary, photography, audio, and interactive formats. They also undergo rigorous instruction in the fundamental skills, standards, and ethics of journalism. Students in the traditional journalism master's program specialize in one of five subject areas, and they have regular contact with working journalists, from the veterans on the faculty and administrative staffs to the many major media outlets across the city and the world.

The school's NYCity NewsService syndicates student stories to major media outlets. From the New York Daily News to BuzzFeed and NPR, well-known print publications, websites, and broadcast outlets begin picking up student-written and student-produced reports from the very first semester. This helps students to accumulate clips and links to bolster their resume when looking for jobs later on.

The CUNY Graduate School of Journalism is part of the City University of New York (CUNY), the nation's largest urban public university. Including the Journalism School, CUNY is made up of 24 institutions: 11 senior colleges, 7 community colleges, an honors college, the Graduate Center, a law school, a school of public health, and a school of professional studies. CUNY plays a major role in enriching the educational and cultural environment of New York City, through numerous courses, enrichment programs, and special events offered on its campuses.

CUNY's M.A. in Journalism Offers Instruction from Professional Veteran Journalists and Career Preparation for Students

The Master of Arts in Journalism program is a full-time, three-semester course of study. Students learn the fundamentals of reporting, writing, editing, ethics, and critical thinking as well as the skills to tell stories using print, visual, and interactive formats. Five courses in these foundational areas make up the core curriculum of the program.

Besides receiving training in the basics, students choose one of five subject concentrations: arts and culture, business and economics, health and science, international, or urban reporting. Specialization allows students to develop a beat and apply rigorous analysis to create narratives and profiles. Students also participate in a paid summer internship, where they're guaranteed to receive a stipend of at least $3,000. Before graduating, they're required to produce a substantial capstone project.

Students receive instruction from professional writers, broadcasters, multimedia experts, and photographers, who work with them in small classes and one-on-one as media coaches. The coaches assist with assignments and help students get their work published in news outlets beyond the school. The faculty is made up of experienced journalists who have worked or continue to work at major media organizations around the world. It includes winners of Pulitzer Prizes, Emmy Awards, National Magazine Awards, and many photography, video, and online journalism honors.

The CUNY J-School also offers two other master's degree programs: the nation's first M.A. in Entrepreneurial Journalism, launched in 2011; and the nation's first M.A. in Social Journalism, started in 2015. Students who opt for the four-semester entrepreneurial degree take the same basic journalism courses as the candidates for the traditional master's, then they branch off into a sequence that includes business fundamentals, new business models for news, a technology immersion, and a new-media apprenticeship. By graduation, each student will have developed a unique media startup project. Students seeking an M.A. in Journalism have the option to extend their studies for a fourth semester to earn an Advanced Certificate in Entrepreneurial Journalism. The one-year M.A. in Social Journalism is aimed at recasting journalism as a service that helps communities meet their goals and solve problems, using a wide range of new tools and skills involving relationship building, data, social media, and business.

CUNY Guarantees Journalism Students a Unique Paid Media Internship, and the Option to Enroll for a Fourth Semester

Students in the regular journalism master's program must partake in a paid professional internship in the summer between their second and third semesters. This unique opportunity ensures that students will receive the hands-on experience necessary to perform in future jobs. The school guarantees up to $3,000 in any case where the media employer doesn't pay for an internship. Students have the option to extend their studies to a fourth semester to take additional media courses or electives in journalism, take part in the entrepreneurial journalism program, or enroll in related courses at other CUNY colleges.

The CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in Times Square is Near Many Major Media Outlets

The CUNY Graduate School of Journalism is located in midtown Manhattan in the former home of the legendary New York Herald Tribune, at 219 W. 40th Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues. This location next to Times Square is at the center of the world's media capital, with The New York Times next door and many more major media companies just a short walk away. CUNY students can enjoy all the benefits New York has to offer, including its theaters, museums, concerts, restaurants, and bars.

The facilities on campus are second to none. Classrooms are all wirelessly connected for instant internet access, teleconferencing, and live streaming, and students make copious use of the Research Center, as well as small lounges for relaxing or studying.

A 130-seat wireless newsroom serves as the centerpiece of the school and is a place for students to gather and work, as well as the setting for panel discussions and other special events. There is also a digital television and radio broadcast center, an editing classroom, and individual editing suites. Students may borrow professional-grade audio, video, and photography equipment to carry out their assignments.

Location & Contact

Graduate Program

CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

219 West 40th Street
New York, NY 10018
United States

Stephen Dougherty

Assistant Dean

Phone: 646-758-7731
Fax: 646-758-7709

Colleen Marshall

Associate Director of Admissions and Enrollment Management

Phone: 646-758-7852
Fax: 646-758-7709

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Entrepreneurial Journalism Advanced Certificate
      Master of Arts (MA)
    • Journalism Master of Arts (MA)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 86
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? No
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? Not reported
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 290
    • Accepted Not Reported
    • Acceptance Rate Not Reported
    • Enrolled 100
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $65
    • Application Fee - International $65
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline January 3rd Not Reported Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE, admissions exam, 3 letters of recommendation, resume, and interview, 3 writing samples
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, TOEFL iBT

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsMarch 1
    • Types of financial support availableCareer or Field-Related Internships, Federal Work-Study, Institutionally-sponsored Loans, Scholarship and/or loans

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students199
    • Female Percentage68%
    • Male Percentage32%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students199
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Full-time Percentage100%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino11%
    • Black / African American11%
    • White / Caucasian65%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian11%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown2%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty96
    • Full-time PercentageNot Reported
    • Part-time PercentageNot Reported
    • Female Percentage47%
    • Male Percentage53%