M.S. in Broadcast & Digital Journalism
Syracuse University - S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications
USD 1,872 / per credit *
Earliest start date
* Tuition increases approximately 3% each year. Graduate students are charged a health fee and activity fee per semester plus a one-time program fee.
With a curriculum built around an experiential, real-world education in a digital newsroom many working journalists would envy, the broadcast and digital journalism program is designed to give you the best possible preparation for your career. You will report from the field, produce daily newscasts and have the opportunity to participate in a capstone experience in Washington, D.C. You may also choose a track in sports media and communications. (40 credits)
While completing this 40-credit curriculum, you will take courses in:
- Information gathering and reporting
- Anchoring in traditional and new platforms
Our professional faculty members emphasize hands-on experience in all coursework and encourage you to pursue internships at television, radio stations and multimedia news operations. Small class sizes allow for invaluable one-on-one interaction between students and faculty.
What will I experience as a BDJ master’s student?
BDJ is an immersion program that gives you hands-on experience from your first day at Newhouse to your last day at Newhouse.
- Your experience begins with summer Boot Camp, where virtually every class day you’ll be a working student journalist covering real stories.
- Throughout the year, you will continue to hone your skills as a journalist: reporting, shooting, editing, anchoring and producing news for traditional and new media platforms.
- You will spend several weeks the following summer in Washington, D.C., where you could be reporting as a D.C. stringer for stations across the country, producing sports stories for local or national sports media or telling stories in innovative ways at digital news operations in the nation’s capital—the opportunities are impressive.
- Facilities and resources also include the Associated Press wire service and scriptwriting/producing software system, a professional television news studio, digital camera systems and multiple videos and audio editing stations.
Scholarships and Funding
Various scholarships, fellowships and instructional associate positions are awarded to incoming Newhouse students to help offset the cost of attendance. Since Newhouse does have limited funding to offer, the majority of these awards are partial and only applicable for the academic year (excluding the summer sessions). It is also a competitive process, and all awards are merit-based.
Where are recent graduates working and what are they doing?
Most graduates of the program begin their careers at stations in small or medium-sized markets, moving up quickly to take positions in larger markets or with the networks. Graduates are also employed in multimedia and social media. BDJ/Sports Media & Communications Track alums work in sports departments in TV and radio stations, in media operations for professional sports teams, and for online sports media. Here are a few examples of where our graduates are working today:
- Graphics producer for MLB Network.
- Producer for Univision.
- Social media producer for major league hockey.
- Electronic graphics operator for CNN.
- Booking producer for NBC Universal.
- Production assistant for ESPN.