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What will I learn?

With the growing popularity of podcasts and the continued reach of terrestrial radio, there has never been a better time to pursue a career in audio. The Journalism School prepares students to work in any of the finest public radio newsrooms or on the most successful shows and podcasts.

M.S. students go through a brief audio training in August as part of their introduction to multimedia reporting. Even in those early classes, students receive technical instruction, one­-on-­one editing and constructive in-class feedback on their work.

In the fall, students interested in audio can take Writing for the Ear and/or an Image & Sound class in audio reporting. In the spring, Radio Workshop provides real­-world training that ensures students interested in pursuing a career in radio have the skills to quickly make them valuable in any work environment. Radio Workshop has been a staple of the spring schedule for nearly two decades. Its network of graduates work in many of the best public and commercial radio and podcast companies in the United States and beyond

Students interested in audio who meet the prerequisites can submit proposals for audio Master’s Projects. A hybrid audio-print project includes an 8­10-minute audio piece and a 2,500-word story. A full audio project is a 2, 0­30-minute documentary or a series of three 7­9-minute related segments with no written component.


In addition to these classes, many instructors encourage students to incorporate audio elements into their reporting.

Please note: The classes listed here represent recent offerings at the Journalism School. Choices vary each semester depending on faculty availability and other considerations. Classes described now may change or be dropped to make room for new additions

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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