Master of Arts in Journalism

Master of Arts in Journalism

If you are a working journalist, you need to excel as a writer, critical thinker, and strategist. You also know how important it is to enhance your storytelling skills in a multimedia and multiplatform environment.

Jonathan Batuello story Jonathan Batuello was a traditional journalist before discovering literary journalism courses in Ball State’s master's program in journalism.
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Or maybe you recently completed your undergraduate degree, and you're interested in earning a master's in an innovative program offering the latest skills in media technologies and narrative nonfiction.

After all, journalism is a changing profession. No longer is the journalist just a reporter and writer but a modern storyteller with many news gathering and news disseminating tools.

Ball State's distinguished faculty in the online MA in journalism program will give you the competitive, advanced skills needed for success in the media marketplace, whether you are a proven communicator or have no prior degree or experience in journalism.

During your studies, you may be able to work on campus as a graduate assistant, which provides a tuition waiver, an opportunity for an academic-year stipend, and excellent experience in working with departmental faculty and staff.

Program Details

Our 36-credit hour program provides an innovative curriculum developed by faculty whose strong background and experience will prepare you for:

  • digital storytelling
  • literary journalism (long-form journalism)
  • journalism graphics
  • news and magazine writing
  • advanced reporting techniques and research methods
  • communication theory
  • visual reporting

Certificate in Journalism: An Alternative to the MA

Maybe you're not ready to commit to a master's degree. Consider either of our 15-credit hour certificates in emerging media and visual storytelling or literary journalism. A graduate certificate takes less time to complete, and all five of the courses can be applied toward a master's degree.

Students from Other States

If you live in a state other than Indiana, this information regarding state regulatory authorizations for distance programs might impact whether you can take courses from Ball State. 

Take the Next Step

Our 100 percent online master's program is convenient as well as competitive. Apply today, contact us with questions, request more information, or learn more about tuition, financial aid, and graduate assistantships.