The Journalism program aims at preparing a generation of highly-skilled, ethically-grounded Arab journalists who are both aware of contemporary social changes and equipped with the ability to operate successfully in multiplatform news environments. The program focuses on technical and professional journalistic skills and emphasizes journalistic principles of neutrality, independence, accuracy, and fairness. Program graduates will also acquire research tools and skills and broad understanding of issues in media studies, the social sciences and humanities. Coursework emphasizes newswriting and reporting for print journalism, writing for new media, multimedia storytelling, data journalism, and video production, among other areas.

The Journalism MA program is to be completed over two academic years, and consists of a total of 42 credit hours. In all, students register for nine 3-credit Journalism program courses (for a total of 27 credit hours). As outlined below, these nine Journalism courses include seven core program courses and two program elective courses. In addition to these nine Journalism courses, students register for three 3-credit extra-disciplinary courses (for a total of 9 credit hours), and either a 6-credit MA thesis or a 6-credit journalism capstone project. Students are also required to complete a non-credited 70-hour summer internship at a media institution located inside Qatar. Most of our students complete their internship at Al-Jazeera, which is situated near the Doha Institute, but several other options are available for students wishing to focus on other kinds of news production. The internship is completed in the summer between students' first and second years in the program. 

Program Structure

A. Program Requirements: 

1- Core Courses (21 Credit Hours): 

  • - MACS 611 Communication Research Methods

  • - JOUR 613 Advanced Newswriting and Reporting

  • - JOUR 614 Writing for New Media

  • - JOUR 610 Data Journalism

  • - MACS 612 Mass Communication Theory

  • - JOUR 615 Multimedia Storytelling

  • - JOUR 616 Video Production


2- Program Electives (6 Credit Hours):

- JOUR 621 Perspectives on Arab Journalism

- JOUR 622 Investigative Journalism

- JOUR 623 Global Journalism

- JOUR 626 Sports Journalism

- JOUR 628 Environmental Reporting

- JOUR 629 Sociology of News

- JOUR 630 Documentary Journalism

- MACS 633 Ethics and Law in Contemporary Journalistic Practice

3- Specialized English Language Course (non- credit):

The School may offer a number of non-credit bearing courses, which must be taken as a condition for graduation when required by the relevant program. Students must successfully pass the assignment for each course as a condition for graduation. These courses will also appear on the student's transcript but will not contribute to the student's GPA.


B. School requirements: 

1- Cross- Disciplinary Course (3 Credit Hours): 

All SOSH students must successfully complete one core compulsory course offered at the School level as a cross-disciplinary introduction to the study of the social sciences and humanities. 


2- Interdisciplinary Courses (6 Credit Hours): 

Each program allows students to enroll in courses of special interest, and of a cross-disciplinary nature, which are offered jointly with one or more other programs. Courses offered as interdisciplinary courses may vary and are dependent on faculty availability, student demand and registration capacity.

All students will choose two courses of 3 credits from the list of interdisciplinary courses. Please visit the "Interdisciplinarity at SOSH" page for more details about these courses and their descriptions.

3- Internship:
Students register for a 70-hour internship to completed at a news media institution inside Qatar.

  • - JOUR 002 Internship


C . Thesis OR Capstone Project (6 Creidt Hours): 

Students in the Journalism program will have the option of choosing between writing a thesis or completing a capstone project.

The "thesis" track aims to enable students, through research and the writing and presentation of a thesis, to demonstrate their achievement of the objectives of their study over the two years of the program, in 12,000-18,000 words. The thesis examination consists of two parts; a marked assessment of the thesis by two examiners and an oral defense in front of an examination panel comprised of the same two examiners.