Master of Specialized Journalism Program Information


The M.A. in Specialized Journalism is an intensive nine and a half month program that prepares you to produce high-level reporting and long-form narrative journalism on topics of your choosing.

Specialized reporting courses are offered in business, economics, entertainment, climate change and the environment, immigration, international affairs, sports, religion and spirituality, science, and other topics.  Long-form narrative journalism is embedded in the program so if you are interested in magazine writing, radio and video documentaries, writing books and producing interactive multi-media projects, this program will have special appeal.

Students can enroll in documentary production courses in Annenberg as well as other schools at USC


The MA in Specialized Journalism invites you to create your own course of study focused on your interests, your needs and your career trajectory. Your mentors and professors are journalists at the top of their fields—in covering religion, sports, business, science, politics, entertainment and more. Your fellow students create a tight cohort of passionate and talented writers and producers with all levels of experience who work together in a unique interdisciplinary environment focusing equally on skills and content.

You can choose courses not only in the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism but also in any of USC’s world-renowned schools and research centers. You can create radio and video documentaries, long-form narrative and investigative journalism, interactive multi-media experiences, and engage in beat and deadline-reporting coverage in our world-class Julie Chen and Leslie Moonves CBS Media Center.  In addition, many courses partner with local, national and international news outlets that will publish or broadcast your work.


This program is for students seeking subject-area expertise in a specialized field or fields of reporting, and requires students to produce a thesis project consisting of long-form narrative journalism and/or interactive, multimedia projects

The intended audience is:

  • Mid-career journalists and professionals from other fields with five or more years of experience
  • Recent college graduates with a demonstrated ability and commitment to engage in specialized reporting and long-form narrative journalism