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What will I learn?

M.S. students have many opportunities to learn and develop multimedia journalism skills during the fall and spring semesters. Students have options for taking production classes in these disciplines: video storytelling, audio storytelling, photojournalism and mobile journalism. Additionally, most non-production classes also feature some multimedia production training. Students are given intensive instruction in the use of professional multimedia tools, but classes are always deeply focused on developing reporting and storytelling skills.

Video storytelling classes teach students to shoot on professional-level video cameras and to edit on industry-standard software. Students are trained to identify video-worthy stories, to effectively interview subjects and to film compelling sequences and scenes. These classes are designed for students interested in producing films for the web and cinema.

Audio storytelling classes focus on breaking news as well as documentary storytelling techniques. Students are trained to report, interview, script and edit compelling audio stories suited for radio broadcast or podcasting. These classes are designed for students looking to work on radio, in digital newsrooms or independently.

Photojournalism classes cover in great detail the mechanics and artistry of photography. Students are taught how to report and photograph using professional-level cameras and to edit photos on industry-standard software. Students are also taught the aesthetics, ethics and history of photojournalism. These classes are designed for students interested in becoming photojournalists with deep technical and reporting skills.

Mobile journalism classes focus on using mobile and social tools to report, produce and distribute breaking news stories. Using iPhones, apps and social media platforms, students are taught to report and produce high-quality journalism on fast deadlines. Students are also trained in best practices for social publication and promotion. These classes are appropriate for any student looking to work in a modern newsroom.

Which department am I in?

School of Journalism

Study options

Full Time (9.5 months)

Tuition fees
USD $66,306 for the entire course
Start date

Expected September 2023


Columbia University

116th Street, 2960 Broadway,

New York,

10027, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Other English Language Requirements:  The minimum TOEFL score expected is 600 (written) or 250 (computer version).

For international students

Applicant must have completed bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States or its equivalent from another country.

Applicant must have TOEFL score of 650 on Paper based, 280 on Computer-based, 114 on Internet-based and Overall IELTS score of 8.0

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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