General Requirements

Graduate students take 36 to 48 points for the Master of Arts degree, depending on the area of study they select. Up to 8 points of electives may be taken, including classes outside the Institute. Electives may include courses within the Institute (if prerequisites have been met), graduate-level courses from other programs and schools at NYU (if approved by that program or school), internships, or independent study.

Up to 8 credits may be transferred from another institution (if approved by the Director of Graduate Studies and the Dean’s office). All application for transfer credits must be made within the first year of matriculation. Contact the graduate administrative aide for a transfer application.

It is recommended that you at least take your initial journalism courses (first semester) before considering an internship (fieldwork). You can do an internship on a volunteer, paid or for-credit basis, depending on the employer’s program. If you intern for credit, you enroll in the Journalism Institute’s Credit Internship Course. An important change: Students can now take this course more than once and have the option of electing to earn 1, 2, 3 or 4 credits for the course.

The Institute believes the program is best completed through three semesters of full-time study, although part-time students are accepted. It is not always possible, however, to offer part-time students a complete selection of courses.

Students are expected to maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 or B throughout their graduate career. Students whose GPA falls below 3.0 are placed on academic probation. Students on probation may be asked to leave the program if they receive additional grades below B.

Please note that not all courses are offered every semester.

For complete information on tuition and fees please visit the Office of the Bursar.