The Journalism program aims at preparing a generation of highly-skilled, ethically-grounded Arab journalists who are both aware of contemporary social changes and equipped with the ability to operate successfully in multiplatform news environments. The program focuses on technical and professional journalistic skills and emphasizes journalistic principles of neutrality, independence, accuracy, and fairness. Program graduates will also acquire research tools and skills and broad understanding of issues in media studies, the social sciences, and humanities. Coursework emphasizes news writing and reporting for print journalism, writing for new media, multimedia storytelling, data journalism, and video production, among other areas.

The Journalism MA program is to be completed over two academic years and consists of a total of 42 credit hours. In all, students register for nine 3-credit Journalism program courses (for a total of 27 credit hours). As outlined below, these nine Journalism courses include seven core program courses and two program elective courses. In addition to these nine Journalism courses, students register for three 3-credit extra-disciplinary courses (for a total of 9 credit hours), and either a 6-credit MA thesis or a 6-credit journalism capstone project. Students are also required to complete a non-credited 70-hour summer internship at a media institution located inside Qatar. Most of our students complete their internship at Al-Jazeera, which is situated near the Doha Institute, but several other options are available for students wishing to focus on other kinds of news production. The internship is completed in the summer between students' first and second years in the program.

Program Entry Requirements

The Journalism program welcomes outstanding applicants who possess the skills and motivation required for graduate study.

A bachelor's degree in the field of the social sciences and humanities is desirable. Applications from students with a degree from any other academic background will be considered in light of the applicant's eligibility to study in the program.

Before applying please ensure you have visited and understood the Admissions requirements and procedures at the Institute level.

Core Courses

Students are required to study all of the courses (3 credits each) listed below:

  • MACS 611 Communication Research Methods
  • JOUR 613 Advanced Newswriting and Reporting
  • JOUR 614 Writing for New Media
  • JOUR 610 Data Journalism
  • MACS 612 Mass Communication Theory
  • JOUR 615 Multimedia Storytelling
  • JOUR 616 Video Production

Program Electives

  • JOUR 621 Perspectives on Arab Journalism
  • JOUR 622 Investigative Journalism
  • JOUR 623 Global Journalism
  • JOUR 626 Sports Journalism
  • JOUR 628 Environmental Reporting
  • JOUR 629 Sociology of News
  • JOUR 630 Documentary Journalism
  • MACS 633 Ethics and Law in Contemporary Journalistic Practice

Career Destinations

Upon completion of this program, graduates will obtain a "Master of Social Sciences and Humanities in Journalism".

Graduates of this program will be prepared for either career as professional journalists or Ph.D. studies in journalism, mass communication, or media studies.

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