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Journalism and Media

Doctoral program.

Our doctoral program is among the best programs in journalism and media in the U.S.  Led by faculty with distinguished research and publication records – many with professional journalism or media experience – our program is designed to equip students with a strong theoretical grounding and versatile research methods.  Graduates of our four-year program can go on to positions in the academy, and they also may join think tanks, advocacy and non-governmental organizations and professional associations working with information and media systems.   

We offer a far-reaching array of electives and research opportunities. The faculties’ fields of interest broadly include news and media engagement; online incivility; digital media; mis and disinformation; the digital divide and information equity; media law and policy, including the impact of Artificial Intelligence and algorithms on media; journalism and democracy; global media systems; media and representation; visual communication studies; critical data studies; social media and platform studies; media economics, among other topics.  Please look at  faculty bios  and our description of research opportunities  to learn more about current projects.   

Our program incorporates many opportunities to undertake research independently or to work with groups associated  with research centers or institutes or research groups , and we have an excellent record of participation with the major professional associations including the Association for Education in Journalism and Media Communication ( AEJ MC ), the International Communication Association ( ICA ),  the International Association of Media and Communication Research, the Association of Internet Research (AoIR), as well as smaller highly focused forums such as  The Research Conference on Communications, Information and Internet Policy.  

Our students also participate with the many interdisciplinary  Portfolio Programs  on campus.  Moody College is home to  three such programs , including the  Communication, Information and Cultural Policy  program focused on media systems and directed by some of our faculty.  Additionally, summer internships with professional or research programs are sometimes sponsored by associated research institutes.  Students have taken advantage of UT’s  Archer Program , and the multi-University COMPASS program associated with the Technology and Information Policy Institute.   

Program of Work 2021-2024

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Graduate Studies

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A New Standard for Journalism Education

New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute is a pioneer in educating today’s journalists. Not confined by the traditional structure that defines most journalism schools, NYU’s degree is responsive to the industry demand for journalists who are well-versed in the subject matter they report on. Students choose their focus from eight subject areas—from cultural criticism to science and the environment.

Our small cohort size allows for a deeper, more personalized experience. And NYU’s program emphasizes the critical thinking skills so important when covering a complex, interrelated world. All of this adds up to the perfect combination of skills and mastery of content.

How to Apply

Find Your Focus

The NYU Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute offers an online master’s degree in journalism as well as traditional graduate programs and concentrations in ten targeted areas of study.

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American Journalism Online Master’s

Collaborate with classmates from around the world and workshop your stories while earning your degree at your own pace.

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Business & Economic Reporting

Build your portfolio and set yourself up for career success as you report on what drives the global economy. Take journalism courses at the Journalism Institute and MBA courses at NYU’s prestigious Leonard N. Stern School of Business.

Cultural Reporting & Criticism

Learn to write in a variety of formats—from personal essays to long form narrative—in the only graduate journalism program in the country specifically designed to prepare the next generation of cultural reporters and critics.

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Global & Joint Program Studies

Work toward a joint M.A. degree* in Journalism and Africana Studies, French Studies, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Near Eastern Studies, Russian and Slavic Studies, European and Mediterranean Studies, East Asian Studies, or International Relations.

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Literary Reportage

Learn how to produce beautifully written, reality-based journalism in a degree that brings together the mastery of research and reporting skills of a journalism school with the writing-intensive focus of an MFA program.

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Magazine & Digital Storytelling

Focus on learning the journalistic skills necessary to report and write for both print and digital magazines as you try out every form of journalism—from timely news stories and opinion pieces to in-depth features and personal essays.

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News & Documentary

Master the reporting and storytelling skills to produce short- and long-form video journalism for traditional and non-traditional media and take master’s classes with the best independent documentary filmmakers in New York City.

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Podcasting & Audio Reportage

The Podcasting & Audio Reportage concentration is a 36-credit program which allows students to acquire deep skills in the audio medium, within NYU’s Journalism offerings

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Reporting the Nation & New York in Multimedia

Using New York City and the United States as your laboratory, learn how to tell stories in new ways through a variety of different mediums—from traditional TV and print to audio and social media.

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Science, Health & Environmental Reporting

Join others with a passion for making stories about science, health, and the environment relevant and accessible to everyone. Learn from a faculty of nationally prominent science journalists.

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Studio 20: Digital First

Focus on digital innovation through project-based learning, and engage with the evolving opportunities of multimedia and interactive journalism.

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Faculty

of graduate students in the Class of 2019 held internships while at NYU

of the Class of 2019 landed jobs, paid fellowships, internships, or freelance work after graduation

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Faculty Who Are Invested in Your Future

The strength of NYU’s journalism program stems from the accomplishments of our faculty , who are at the top of their fields. Our professors author books on important contemporary topics. They publish in the most prestigious papers, magazines, and reviews . And they produce documentaries for major media outlets. NYU professors are much more than just mentors—they are deeply invested in their students’ success as future journalists.

On-the-Ground Experience in the Media Center of the World

NYU journalism students benefit from the dynamism of New York City, a global magnet for the best and brightest in the field. Here, you’ll find inspiration on every city street. This is where professional publishing opportunities abound: our students land some of the most competitive internships in the industry and publish in the world’s most prestigious publications , even before finishing their degrees.

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*Note: Global and Joint Program Studies consists of joint programs with:

For joint degrees, you should indicate your interest when applying. You must apply to and be admitted by both participating departments.

In some cases, students are permitted to take courses from other areas of study within the Institute. The corresponding graduate program director must approve such requests.

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Missouri School of Journalism

University of missouri, doctoral program.

The University of Missouri was the first institution in the world to grant a doctorate degree in journalism.

A leader in journalism education and research, the School awarded the first doctor of philosophy degree in 1934. Beyond teaching and administration, our doctoral graduates add value to corporations, media entities, strategic communication firms and other organizations through their research and understanding theoretical approaches. Doctoral students:

Doctoral Faculty

The four research areas of study prepare our doctoral students for careers in the academy and industry:

Selecting the right doctoral program is a major decision. At the Missouri School of Journalism, our students will have the mentorship and assistance in job placement they need. Missouri graduates are represented in colleges and universities around the world, serving as deans, chairs and professors. Recent doctoral graduates are now on the faculties of Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma, Michigan State, Iowa, Colorado, Louisiana State, Georgia and other accredited journalism programs.

Admission Criteria

Here is a look at our doctoral admission and graduation by year , as well as our student’s dissertations, chairs and graduate year.

Call 573-882-4852 or email us at [email protected] to talk with an adviser or schedule a campus visit.

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Ph.D. in Communications

A multidisciplinary approach to the study of communications

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Program Overview

Ph.d. requirements, financial aid, recent student work, program faculty, ph.d. student bios, explore our programs, fall colloquiums.

The Doctor of Philosophy degree in Communications offers a multidisciplinary approach to the study of the relationships between people and media in their cultural, social, political, historical, economic and technological contexts.

With the guidance of an interdisciplinary faculty advisory committee, students craft i ndividual courses of study drawing on the university's graduate resources in the humanities, the social and practical sciences, the arts, and the professional schools.

Our goal is to connect the strengths of the Columbia journalism tradition with intellectual work in the humanities and human sciences to enhance our understanding of media and journalism in society. Dissertation projects have included "fake news" and political culture; the ordinary person's experience of appearing in the news; the evolution of the photographic pose; fact‐checking and objectivity in the age of digital media; and media, mobilization and political campaigns.

Nearly half of our graduates now hold full-time tenured or tenure‐track teaching positions, while others work in government, industry, consulting, research, policy, finance or the law.

A full time Ph.D. student is generally offered a standard financial aid package that can include tuition exemptions, coverage of medical fees and a stipend. Some service as a teaching or research assistant is required.

To graduate, each candidate must demonstrate a general understanding of the field of communications as a whole and acquire deep knowledge in an area of concentration through research and coursework in appropriate disciplines ranging from history, sociology, or religion to business or international affairs.


As of 2020/21, the standard financial aid package offered to full‐time Ph.D. students who do not receive significant awards from outside sources consists of a stipend for four years and a tuition exemption for the student's two or three years of coursework (the length of study depends on whether advanced standing has been granted).

During the first year of coursework no service is required, but in each semester of the second, third and fourth years students will be assigned an assistantship that will require research or teaching.

The university's Columbia Plan health insurance and the university health service fees are covered for all funded Ph.D. students through the fourth year after their completion of coursework—i.e. for a total of six or seven years depending on advanced standing. Students must actively register for their health insurance after the completion of coursework; enrollment is automatic while taking classes. University matriculation fees are covered for funded students for the first four years after their completion of coursework.





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  1. Doctoral Program

    Our doctoral program is among the best programs in journalism and media in the U.S. Led by faculty with distinguished research and publication records – many with professional journalism or media experience – our program is designed to equip students with a strong theoretical grounding and versatile research methods.

  2. Journalism Degree Programs

    M.S. students take courses on doing journalism on multiple platforms (audio, video or multimedia, broadcast, print and online). The program does not offer specializations by medium, but it has specials tracks for those who want to focus on investigative reporting and documentary.

  3. Graduate

    The NYU Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute offers an online master’s degree in journalism as well as traditional graduate programs and concentrations in ten targeted areas of study. American Journalism Online Master’s Collaborate with classmates from around the world and workshop your stories while earning your degree at your own pace.

  4. Doctoral Program

    Admission Criteria Here is a look at our doctoral admission and graduation by year, as well as our student’s dissertations, chairs and graduate year. Questions? Call 573-882-4852 or email us at [email protected] to talk with an adviser or schedule a campus visit. Apply

  5. Ph.D. in Communications

    Program Overview. The Doctor of Philosophy degree in Communications offers a multidisciplinary approach to the study of the relationships between people and media in their cultural, social, political, historical, economic and technological contexts.

  6. Doctor of Journalism, Doctorate Programs are offered online

    The Doctor of Journalism (PhD) goal is to provide students with a strong foundation, doctorate Programs distance learning online doctorate degree. Graduate Education programs for adult learners at the bachelors, masters, and doctoral level.