Religion-Journalism Dual MA/MS Program

Program Category: Dual-Degree Program

Chair: Courtney Bender

Website: religion.columbia.edu/graduate/journalism-religion

MA Advisor: Michael Como

Degree Programs: Full-Time/Part-Time: MA (housed in the Department of Religion in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences) and MS (housed in the Graduate School of Journalism)

This special program enables a small number of qualified candidates to receive two master's degree, one from Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism (MS) and the other from the Department of Religion (MA), in two years of study. 

Candidates must apply simultaneously to both the Journalism School and the Religion Department (through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences) and must indicate on each application their intention to pursue the dual program. Admitted students complete the Journalism program (a one-year degree program) in their first year. For the general requirements for the Journalism degree, click here

In the second year, students concentrate in the program in the Department of Religion. Students must complete successfully either Theory and Method in the Study of Religion I or II (G6101x or G6102y) and J6002y, section 008 (Covering Religion) offered by the Journalism School. The six credits earned through J6002y apply to the MA in Religion. For the general requirements for the Religion degree, click here.

Special Admissions Requirements: 

In addition to the requirements listed below, all students must submit one transcript showing courses and grades for each school attended, a statement of academic purpose, a writing sample (a course paper, term paper, etc.), and three letters of evaluation from academic sources. Students accepted into the program must submit official transcripts.

All international students whose native language is not English or whose undergraduate degree is from an institution in a country whose official language is not English must submit scores of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or IELTS.

For more information, refer to our Admissions Information and Frequently Asked Questions pages.

Deadline for Fall Admission: Thursday, December 15, 2016
Resume Requirement: Yes
Writing Sample: Yes
Writing Sample Number of Pages: 15-20
GRE General: Yes
GRE Subject: No
Degree Programs: Full Time/Part Time

 

Other: 

Candidates must fill out applications for each program separately. See the links below to request an application or to apply online. Be sure to indicate your interest in the Journalism-Religion Dual MS-MA Program by choosing Religion/Journalism (RELJ) as your subfield.

Candidates interested in this program may contact the Office of Admissions (admissions [at] jrn.columbia.edu) at the School of Journalism and Meryl Marcus (mm3039 [at] columbia.edu) at the Department of Religion. Apply online for the School of Journalism.