Master of Arts (MA) in Journalism is a Post-Graduate program in Journalism which focuses on aspects of journalism in modern media. This course is open for students with a Bachelor degree in Journalism.
The duration of the course is 2 years and admission to the program is generally through an entrance test. The average tuition fee for two years ranges from 50,000 INR to 2 Lakh INR.
Since the course focuses on media and journalism, it opens up employment opportunities in various fields of media such as news channels, magazines, journals etc. MA Journalism graduates can find work as Reporters, Correspondents, Editors, and Writers etc. The average starting salary for MA Journalism ranges from 10,000 INR to 25,000 INR per month.
MA in Journalism is the next level course for BA Journalism students. MA Journalism provides in-depth knowledge about reporting techniques, journalistic traditions and ethics of journalism in India. This course prepares students for roles in media and journalism.
This course is available in Hindi and English at all top-level universities. Certain universities also offer MA Journalism in regional language. The sole purpose of the course is to produce trained journalists and professionals in the field on media.
This is one question which often confuses students. There are universities which offer MA Journalism and others which offer MA in Mass Communication. Though both the courses focus on aspects of media the fundamental difference between the two is that while MA Journalism focuses on the art of reporting and journalistic techniques, MA in Mass Communication focuses on methods and technical aspects of mass communication.
MA in Journalism is apt for individuals who are more inclined towards reporting and journalism. MA in Mass Communication is for individuals who wish to learn the technicalities behind communication and various aspects of media.
The Duration for the program is 2 years. The two years are generally divided in 2 semesters each thus making it a four semester system. Students are also encouraged to take up internship with media houses between 2nd and 3rd semester for practical experience in Journalism.
There are many Universities which offer courses in Journalism and Mass Communication, but there are lesser universities which offer an MA program purely in Journalism. Some of these institutes which offer MA in Journalism are:
The most obvious option for MA Journalism graduates is to go for an M.Phil. In Journalism or Mass Communication. After M.Phil., they can move on to a PhD degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. Other than there are certain Post-Graduate diploma courses which can add value to the MA Journalism course such as PG Diploma in Radio Journalism or PG Diploma in Public Relations.
The basic eligibility for admission to an MA program in Journalism is a Bachelor degree in Journalism and/or Mass Communication with a minimum of 50% marks. Certain universities may admit students from other streams as well but it is completely a university’s discretion.
Admission to MA Journalism program is mostly through an entrance test which is conducted by institutes offering the program separately. The application form for admission to the program is usually available in the months of May and June. After the application process is over interested students have to appear for the entrance examination.
The Entrance test generally constitutes of objective type questions and is mostly paper based test. Some test papers may also contain descriptive type questions. Questions are generally asked form the following topics:
The shortlist for admission to the program is generally prepared on the basis of performance in the entrance test. Certain universities may also conduct a Personal Interview for selection to the program.