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MA in Journalism and Public Affairs

MA in Journalism and Public Affairs

Investigative, Broadcast, International (11 months, full time) | Digital Storytelling (20 months, all-day Saturdays)

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We are the storytellers for the digital age in the media capital of the world. Washington, D.C., is our lab. The nation’s thought-leaders are our sources. Our technology evolves with the times.

The School of Communication has offered public affairs journalism for more than 30 years; today’s M.A. prepares students for contemporary careers as news and information professionals. After rigorous study in the basic values of journalism – law, ethics, accuracy, verification, accountability – our students leave SOC able to report and produce across multiple platforms, including online, broadcast, print, and mobile.

Students focus in one of three areas: investigative, broadcast, or international journalism.The M.A. program begins in the summer with a three-week intensive Journalism Boot Camp.

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The intensive 11-month M.A. program begins with a three-week summer Boot Camp for Journalists. During the fall and spring semesters, students hone digital storytelling skills and sharpen their critical thinking skills. Classes involve writing, editing, production, scholarly research, communication theory, law, and ethics. Students create a portfolio of professional work and a capstone course pulls the entire program together. Get information on courses and requirements.


We moved into our new 52,000 square foot building bursting with the latest in communication technology in January 2014. The McKinley building features a 1,500-square-foot Media Innovation Lab, a 145-seat theater, and state-of-the-art classrooms and labs that will solidify SOC’s position at the forefront of communication and media education.

The Media Production Center features digital video and audio editing suites, a computer-based newsroom system featuring Associated Press’ ENPS, an HD equipped television studio and the Ed Bliss Broadcast Newsroom.

SOC offers fellowships at The Washington Post, Bloomberg-BNA, The Center for Public Integrity, and The Investigative Reporting Workshop. The Dean’s Internship program places exceptional students in exciting positions with partner organizations.

Journalism Alumni Success

Our journalism alumni include top radio and television anchors, reporters, Web producers, news and wire service reporters and editors, digital reporters, videographers, designers, editors, and managers for media and trade organizations.

SOC's mentoring program pairs key alumni with current students on an application basis.

Why study journalism at AU in Washington, DC?

Fellowships with major media outlets, Pulitzer Prize faculty, a media innovation lab, digital tools, internships with national media, exciting new curriculum and a groundbreaking partnership that will embed graduate students at The Washington Post. Learn more