Master of Journalism Classes

The Master of Journalism program is designed for students who want to work in today’s ever-evolving media environment. The program’s academic and professional course work emphasizes a multimedia and multiplatform approach that’s grounded in solid editing, ethics, law, reporting and writing.

As a Master of Journalism student, you can take advantage of the urban location of Temple’s Klein College of Media and Communication through extensive opportunities for real reporting and internships. You can also create specialized concentrations through partnerships with departments universitywide, including

  • Art History,
  • Computer and Information Sciences,
  • Dance,
  • Film and Media Arts,
  • Geography and Urban Studies,
  • Management Information Systems,
  • Music History,
  • Political Science,
  • Public Health,
  • Theater, and
  • Urban Education.

Four Plus One Option

Select students may pursue both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Journalism in five years through the Four Plus One Program. This program allows students with bachelor’s degrees outside Journalism to combine your undergraduate academic interests with our Journalism program, which will prepare you for a variety of careers, like academic, designer, editor, reporter, writer and any number of other positions in the media. Learn more about our accelerated degree offerings.

Sample Courses

Critical Perspectives on Journalism

Get an overview of the communication industry and influences on news media, as well as an introduction to regulation and current issues in the field.



Communication Law

Study the legal and philosophical aspects of government regulations and court rulings related to journalism and information transmission, with an emphasis on legal research methods and application of the law.

Reporting and Writing 2

Hone your feature-writing and investigative-reporting skills while focusing on public affairs in the Philadelphia area.

International Reporting

Delve into approaches to international news editing, reporting and writing, and focus on cross-platform news gathering.

The American Magazine

Analyze content, editorial policy and trends in magazine journalism in the U.S.; discuss publishing procedures and marketing, circulation and advertising problems; and study reader research. You’ll also create a prototype issue of a magazine, complete with advertising and promotional materials and a prospectus.

The Entrepreneurial Journalist

Explore the various ways to be a content generator—from blogging and freelancing to starting publications and creating websites.

Graduation Requirements

To graduate from the master’s program you’ll need to take a total of 36 credits while maintaining a 3.0 or higher overall GPA, with all course work completed within five years after your admission to the program. The Master of Journalism program culminates with comprehensive examinations that cover your field of study, as well as communication history or law.

Read more Master of Journalism course descriptions.