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 Entry Requirements

The Journalism program welcomes outstanding applicants who possess the skills and motivation required for graduate study.


A bachelor's degree in the field of the social sciences and humanities is desirable. Applications from students with a degree from any other academic background will be considered in light of the applicant's eligibility to study in the program.  

Before applying please ensure you have visited and understood the Admissions requirements and procedures at the Institute level.


Mohamad Hamas Elmasry

Head of Program and Associate Professor


Nawaf Tamimi

Assistant Professor


Mustafa Menshawi

Assistant Professor

​​Pro​gram Structure​

Note: Course offerings may vary and are dependent on student demand and registration capacity.

A. Program Requirements - 30 credits:  

1 - Core Courses:​

Students are required to study all of the courses (3 credits each) listed below:

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:

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 Course)- Graduation Requirement

JOUR 001 English Language for Journalism

​B. School requirements - 6 credits:  

​1 - Cross- Disicplinary Course- 3 credits: 

SOSH 601 Issues in the Study of Social Science & Humanities: 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.  

Please visit the Interdisciplinarity at SOSH​ page for more details about the course and its descriptions. 

2 - Interdisciplinary Courses - 6 credits:

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 

​JOUR 002 Internship: Students register for a 70-hour internship to completed at a news media institution inside Qatar. 

​C . Thesis OR Capstone Project - 6 credits:​

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. 


In the "Professional, Capstone Project" track, students will put the skills that they acquired throughout the journalism program to use by carrying out various professional projects, such as producing documentaries or news affairs programs and shooting videos for a news package.

Career Destinations

Upon completion of this program, graduates will obtain a "Master of Social Sciences and Humanities in: Journalism". 

Graduates of this program will be prepared for either careers as professional journalists or PhD studies in journalism, mass communication, or media studies.  

Applicants may apply for the Journalism program through an online application. Please review the Admissions Dates to ensure the application and all required documents are submitted before the deadline. 

Please visit the Apply page in order to start your application.​

For any academic questions please contact the School of Social Sciences and Humanities. ​​​​​​