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Digital Innovation in Journalism Studies (MA)

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Degree
Master of Arts (MA)
Department
Faculty
Program type
Thesis, Course-based
Primary campus
Loyola (LOY)
Duration
2 years
Credits
45 credits
Start term
Fall, Winter, Summer

Program overview

The Digital Innovation in Journalism MA is grounded in both the traditional and contemporary frameworks of journalism studies. It pushes the next generation of researchers—truth seekers, storytellers and catalysts for change—to explore the rapidly evolving digital media landscape.

This one-of-a kind master's program looks into the future of the profession with a unique focus on innovation and new approaches to journalism. Through seminars and lab sessions, you’ll develop critical thinking skills to enhance your understanding of how digital storytelling is redefining traditional mediums such as print, television and radio. Over a two-year period, you’ll gain practical training and a strong research foundation, culminating in a graduate thesis or final essay.

Program structure

Degree Requirements

Fully-qualified candidates are required to complete a minimum of 45 credits.

Please see the Journalism Courses page for course descriptions.

Digital Innovation in Journalism Studies MA (45 credits)

9

credits of Required Courses:

JOUR 601 Critical Approaches to Journalistic Thought (3.00)
JOUR 604 Research Methods for Journalism (3.00)
JOUR 605 Digital Innovation in Journalism (3.00)

6

credits of Elective Courses:

JOUR 502 Introduction to Reporting (3.00)
JOUR 503 Introduction to Visual Journalism (3.00)
JOUR 511 Introduction to Multimedia (3.00)
JOUR 523 News and Feature Photography (3.00)
JOUR 603 Political Economy of Journalism (3.00)
JOUR 610 International Journalism (3.00)
JOUR 620 Journalism Ethics and the Law (3.00)
JOUR 630 Mediating Diversity through Audio Story-telling (3.00)
JOUR 640 Textual Approaches to Journalism (3.00)
JOUR 642 Special Topics in Journalism Studies (3.00)
JOUR 645 Directed Study (3.00)

With the permission of the department, up to six elective credits may be taken in 600-level courses offered by other departments.

30

credits chosen from: Digital Innovation in Journalism Studies MA Option A

Digital Innovation in Journalism Studies MA Option B

Digital Innovation in Journalism Studies MA Option C

Digital Innovation in Journalism Studies MA Option A

6

credits:

JOUR 650 Journalism Readings and Proposal (6.00)

24

credits:

JOUR 691 Thesis (24.00)

Digital Innovation in Journalism Studies MA Option B

6

credits:

JOUR 650 Journalism Readings and Proposal (6.00)

24

credits:

JOUR 693 Research-Creation Thesis (24.00)

Digital Innovation in Journalism Studies MA Option C

18

credits:

 

JOUR 684 Essay I (9.00)
JOUR 685 Essay II (9.00)
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12additional course credits in consultation with the student’s faculty advisor and approved by the Graduate Program Director 

Admission requirements

Admission Requirements

  • Undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA of 3.00 on a 4.30 scale.
  • Proficiency in English. Applicants whose primary language is not English must demonstrate that their knowledge of English is sufficient to pursue graduate studies in their chosen field. Please refer to the English language proficiency page for further information on requirements and exemptions.

Application process

Application deadlines

FALL

February 1

WINTER

October 1

SUMMER

February 1

Priority will be given to complete applications submitted by the deadline. In some cases, programs may continue to accept applications as long as there is space available.

International students: Considering the waiting period involved in meeting the entry requirements to Canada and Quebec, we strongly encourage international applicants to apply early and submit supporting documents prior to the deadline.

Tuition & funding

Tuition and fees

Tuition and fees of the program may depend on your student status, among other key factors. Estimate these costs based on the most common situations.

Awards and funding

Funding packages are generally available for students in thesis-based programs. They come in the form of awards, teaching and research assistantships are offered at the time of admission to most students to allow them to focus on their research and studies. Research and thesis-based students are automatically considered for all entrance graduate awards when they apply to Concordia, provided they meet eligibility criteria. No separate application is required.

The Quebec and Canadian governments offer a number of competitive graduate scholarships. We encourage you to apply for these awards at the same time you are preparing your application.

Out-of-province students

Get up to $9,251 in special funding for master's programs. Learn more

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