Master of Arts in Television and Digital Journalism
The master’s program in television and digital journalism is a 33-credit-hour intensive curriculum that provides comprehensive knowledge of the theories and practices of television journalism and digital media, in addition to the specialized skills needed to hit the ground running in television and multimedia news.
In this program, you receive hands-on education on the dexterity needed to produce both field reports and in-studio programs, making use of both practical training and selected academic classes for a well-balanced theory-practice formula. Courses are taught by established academics and distinguished experts in the fields of television and digital journalism.
The bilingual nature of the program ensures that students are equipped with the full range of skills needed in the rapidly growing field of television and multimedia journalism in the Arab world and globally. Students have unlimited access to the center's state-of-the-art digital facilities on campus, receiving ample exposure to real-life news and production environments.
With the world entering an information society and knowledge age, many of our graduates see that joining the program has helped them transform data from different fields of knowledge to audio-visual information packages available to the public on various media platforms.
At the end of the program, you will have editorial and technical skills, such as:
- Television writing and producing (Arabic and English)
- Electronic news gathering
- Digital camera production
- Digital video editing
- Studio operation and direction
- Covering public affairs and other specialized topics and programming formats, such as documentaries, feature stories, profiles and hard news
- Conducting field and studio interviews, as well as live reporting
The program is designed for:
- Entry-level journalists or communicators
- Mid-career print or video journalists seeking a graduate degree for career advancement
- If you come without prior journalism/communication experience or educational background, this program can still work for you after completing pre-approved prerequisite courses
The center works in close cooperation with local and international news channels and wires to maintain access to evolving best practice and technological advancements in the field, so our students are always one step ahead of the job market.
Can I enroll in the MA in television and digital journalism (TVDJ) if I don’t have prior journalism experience or education?
Yes, the MA in television and digital journalism can work for students or professionals seeking a career shift into the field. Based on your application and credentials, undergraduate prerequisite courses may be assigned to you to complete with a minimum grade of "B" prior to beginning your graduate studies.
How long is the duration of my studies in television and digital journalism?
The typical duration of the MA is one and a half years (three semesters in addition to an intervening summer). This is for full-time students who abide by the typical study plan. If you are a part-time student, completing your MA requirements will take longer; up to three years (six semesters).
How much will the MA program cost me? Do I pay in total or by course? Is there an installments option?
Fees for the TVDJ MA, like all academic degrees in AUC, are calculated by the number of credit hours for each course. The MA program comprises of 11 graduate courses, each for three credit hours (33 credit hours in total). The online fee chart is updated every academic year to reflect study fees per credit hour. Paying over installments is an option.
Can I hold a full-time job when I am taking my graduate courses?
Yes, you can pursue this degree with full-time employment. Since the intensive and practical nature of the program requires shooting, editing, conducting interviews, and producing news stories throughout the week, strong time management skills and commitment are essential.
How can I be eligible for fellowships? Can they cover my entire study duration?
Fellowships are available for qualified applicants and continuing students. It is a competitive process, so the higher your academic standing, the better. Fellowships are renewable per semester. Visit the fellowships website to learn more about eligibility criteria and to apply.
What is the language of instruction?
While the main language of instruction in AUC is the English language, the TVDJ MA program offers an Arabic component in its courses to complement the Egyptian and Arab job market. Non-Arabic speaking students may substitute all-Arabic courses in consultation with their adviser.
Can I take courses from other departments as well?
This program encourages a multi-disciplinary approach to journalism, and therefore provides two 500-level (graduate) elective courses that can be taken from other departments within the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy or other schools in AUC.
Does the center help me find a job in the field upon graduation?
The current multiplicity of channels and boost in the field of television and digital journalism affect the market supply and demand creating more opportunities for our skilled graduates. This is in addition to the hiring done through the internship/practicum program with international news agencies, television networks and media outlets. Finally, the Adham Center has, over the years, developed a powerful network of individuals who became decision makers in the industry and through them hiring and providing internship opportunities to our graduates has been successful.
What is the percentage of employment in the broadcast/media field for graduates of this MA?
The percentage is variable but settles around 65 percent within one year of graduation.
What kind of job can I apply for after I finish my MA in television and digital journalism?
Upon graduation, you can start a career as: program presenter, TV anchor; television producer, editor; camera operator in film, television or Internet industries; broadcaster in cultural and/or entertainment media outlets; news reporter/correspondent covering events on the local, national or global levels; sports anchor/commentator/reporter; cyber-journalist for online newspapers, web magazines and social media outlets; video editor, graphic designer, post-production or visual content creator. This is in addition to work in divisions of public relations or marketing in public or private sectors.
Does the MA have a thesis?
The television and digital journalism MA does not have a thesis. It is considered a practical terminal degree, in which students produce a capstone project during their final semester in lieu of a thesis.
Can I visit the facility and talk to the professors before applying?
Yes, you are welcome to visit the center and tour our facilities. Please contact us to reserve a spot for you in the orientation sessions held before the beginning of the fall and spring semesters. You attend an information session about the program, tour the center studios and facilities, and get introduced to the director and faculty members.